We must change and evolve quickly in this new age of doing business. Competition has changed. Niche Markets and Emerging Market business, goes to those who adapt to it daily.
The new "Continuous Improvement" rule: "Teach everyone what it means for them to do a good job in teams for the full scope of their work together, and help them do it better today than yesterday, and get out of the way."
Today's Managers and Supervisors must change leadership style to correct problems born out of yesterdays practices...or deal with them like always, ever day...continually. Focus on building strong independent teams, skilled and trained to function autonomously. Give them tools, resources and advanced skills providing all means of support, breeding more of the same. Do this and employees will start moving faster, being creatively self sufficient and return surprising performances to get more work out right. If they weren't smart enough to do this in the first place, they never would have been hired.
After this, if things don't start to improve...
...then this wall
may not be such a bad idea after all.
Staffing companies search candidates in the same box, but can think out of the box too, especially for candidates who've used broader skills, handling tougher roles and challenges.
NOTE FOR Human Resources Managers and Recruiters Only: When searching for a candidate to fill Plant Operations Managers, Shift managers and even Superviosrs for your large manufacturing clients:
Unless they request only specialized skills or the minimum and nothing else...ease up on any self limiting constricting assumptions, and clarify a very clear picture with your client as to what their next Plant Manager or Operations Manager will be need to be comfortable doing. That should be added to your criteria.
Expand your guidelines and clarify the edges of those who may know they were close to being dropped for consideration, and put it to them first, that it's a stretch, but you believe in them, and they'd better not let you down...for their nomination for a candidate., and do amazing things to shine in the job, they were given a chance to win, faster and better, than the others would have.
H.R. Managers have the ability to pass along a candidate with similar and promising experience that falls outside of their job search guidelines. In most cases, their eyes on someone that didn't fit the education criteria hold great potential to aid the company in ways not apparent or made clear to Human Resources Hiring Agents. In many cases even the Plant Manager, CEO and the President of the company will appreciate the initiative to bring such a candidate to their attention. Why?
Wise executive management cannot stand hearing excuses for chronic problems which are still unresolved and resulting in poor production every day. They don't like to keep hiring a crew hoping for someone else to be able to solve their problems. They know it's a pain constantly running ads to find just the right supervisor who can achieve the quality and efficiency they need, and a manager fully capable of keeping it where it needs to be. My job makes them look good, and I can help them move on to the projects they on their own plate that probably need their attention. Bringing them someone who can't solve recurring problems, it only takes minutes which may save them hours, days and maybe even mistakes, errors and oversights that result in a lost client and reduced revenues for the quarterly and annual reporting.
An experienced manager, corporate trainer, and process engineer will bring multiple skills spanning the scope of a plant's objectives and goals. Allowing them this chance to check the candidate and have them take any form of Pepsi Challenge along with other applicants will enhance chances to ensure a good choice to join their staff. Training of literally thousands of people, and monitoring counts and efficiency plant wide, is what I have done and can do for them.
The President, CEO or CFO of a company will not ignore a helpful submission from someone, bringing them a depth of skills that they'll recognize as deliverables which may exceed the potential results which may be far less, based on their request to you to find someone to hire for the job. Finding someone who is willing to take on any monstrous job on their behalf, to fight for and maintain an atmosphere and environment of continuous improvement efforts, will be noticed and remembered. If you are this type of full service employment agency who stays close to and aware of the goals of their clients, they will come to appreciate you and your efforts by giving you their more business.
I hope you succeed in your search.