When it comes to the overall approach to structuring incentive programs, companies can create either individual or team-based rewards, or a combination of the two. 4SIGHT can help quantify the benefits of team incentives by fostering group cohesiveness and cooperation, facilitating a flexible workforce, and developing an overall process that is subject to fewer measurements. We can also quantify individual incentives which can motivate goal-oriented employees to perform at a higher level, especially if there is a reward that can be earned multiple times.
There are many pitfalls when implementing a pay-for-performance program. Using a trusted partner to navigate the landmines can help ensure your program is successful. Ultimately, an incentive program can be the largest driver of workforce performance because it is directly tied to an employee’s pay. It also encourages the entire organization to adhere to best practices, maintain their engineered labor standards, and continue to improve coaching and feedback exercises across the workforce. At the end of the day, a happy, motivated workforce will have far-reaching benefits when it comes to the efficiency of overall operations.
Engineered labor standards (ELS) allow you to effectively evaluate performance for your associates and supervisors against multivariable standards. These represent the level achievable by the average trained worker, working at a reasonable pace over the course of a day. By factoring in the variability that affects each task, having ELS in place removes the excuses that can result when expectations aren’t met. These standards also help identify what causes your warehouse team to underperform.
The revolution in warehouse automation is impacting warehouses of all sizes and capacities, especially the small-mid facilities. New technology is boosting pick rates by 80 percent over traditional picking methods. This allows you to deliver product faster and more accurately to today’s demanding market.
4SIGHT’s experience with the latest pick technology, traditional material handling equipment, Lean warehouse operations, Warehouse Management Systems, and Agile supply chain techniques gives you the edge you need to maximize your distribution capabilities and ROI.
4SIGHT offers engineering services to assist you with designing a new distribution center from the ground up, expanding an existing facility, or undertaking a complete site redesign. We offer a full complement of supply chain strategy services that span distribution center operations, material handling equipment layout, engineering, best practices, facility layout assessment, and financial analysis and justification.
The ability to determine the right strategy for an optimal warehouse layout requires a sophisticated understanding of the engineering and best practices needed to deploy world-class distribution operations. 4SIGHT develops customized and detailed designs to ensure your operational requirements are met and that design options meet supporting capital investment requirements.
You know your distribution center operations need to be leaner and more accurate, and that your service levels have to keep pace with ever-growing customer expectations. But your DC has so many moving pieces --- where do you start? 4SIGHT can show you where to begin, point the way to success, and make sure you get there.
Your people are the most important assets in your supply chain operation—and often your biggest variable. Effectively optimizing your workforce depends on having the right blend of training, performance standards, technology, change management, and motivation. Choosing and implementing a world-class Labor Management System (LMS), is the most effective way to achieve fast ROI while improving your operation’s performance.
Start your optimization efforts by focusing on your management team: Train your supervisors to create a win-win situation by teaching the skills they need to coach the associates they manage and emphasize positive behavior before taking corrective action. The real benefit of a labor solution is having management and associates work together to drive sustainable productivity and performance gains. Developing an accountability plan with incentive-based pay is a highly effective way to sustain the improvements your new best practices generate.