Feeling the Pressures of Production?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
If there is one common misconception when you start a new production job it’s the thought that everyone feels they have to be as fast and as good as everyone else from day one. This is not true, nobody expects you to be fast from the get-go. There are those out there that feel everyone is expecting them to be fast and to get the job done, again, this is not true. What you are experiencing are the “Pressures of Production.”
Yes, you will see how fast the line goes. Yes, people will be stressed. Yes, there are people out there that don’t know how to handle that stress. I can offer you one solution…
Take your time and be patient with yourself.
Here are the 3 simple ways that I have found work best on how to deal with these types of pressures:
1. Worry About What’s in Your Control.
The issue with most new hires, when they start, is they are worrying about things that are out of their control. Things like “what is everyone else thinking about me?” or, “What do I do if the machine goes down?” and, “What time is break?”
The list can go on, and on. Just slow down and focus on what YOU can control. Essentially, it comes down to 2 things: your attitude towards the job and your attendance. Even if you’re an amazing worker WHEN you’re at work, if your attendance is terrible… you won’t be there long. Then, make sure you are happy to be at work and take on additional training/criticisms with a good attitude. Use it to make yourself better.
2. Avoid Comparisons.
It’s very easy to look at everyone, even those starting with you, and say “I wish I was as fast as them.” or, “Why am I not catching on as quick as them?” Don’t do that to yourself. I have seen people succeed in the first week and others that took a month or so to get something down, but the DID get it down. Understand that there is a learning curve and you need to only worry about how YOU are handling that curve.
Frustration, stress, and fatigue will all play into that. Expect them to. It’s a new job and you’re learning new things. As they say, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Unless you don’t like lemonade, then make something else, there is a lot you can do with lemons.
The best part is, IT’S UP TO YOU!! The best thing (in my opinion) that you can do is get with your Supervisor and see where you’re succeeding, as well as where you’re lacking. Try to make a game plan on how to best handle those struggles and push forward. Remember, you can only worry about yourself. Don’t EVER worry about anyone else.
3. Don’t Bring it Home With You.
Out of the 3 suggestions I’ll give you, this one means the most to me. There is a reason you have a shift, don’t bring the pressures home on your off-hours. Enjoy time with your family. Go do something to help clear your head. Whatever helps you relax an unwind. Some people like going outside and shooting a ball around. Some like to play video games while others maybe prefer a hike. Or, if you’re name is Eric Nelson, you might prefer to run to St. George, Utah and back just for kicks and giggles.
The nice thing is that you control what you get to do in those moments. Take advantage of that time and make sure you know the #1 rule of personal time: DON’T THINK ABOUT WORK. Everyone needs that time away.
Know that you’re not alone. When you’re at work you have a team at your back that wants to help you succeed and cares about you as a person. Use that team to the best of your abilities. Understand that people have bad days, so if you happen to work with someone that’s experiencing one, make sure you help them out and be there for them. As you all know, a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.
Remember to worry about what’s in YOUR control, avoid comparisons, and don’t bring work home with you. All-in-all, that will make your job that much more enjoyable.
On-Site Manager | Ogden, Utah
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Mentoring Employees to Become More Self-Directed and Internalized
The mission of Your Employment Solutions is to deliver the right job candidates to our clients, or the right person to the right job. In order for us to do so we strive to provide excellent customer service and operate at a level where all our staff is “self-directed and internalized” to the success of that mission.
Part of being self-directed is going through a consistent process of self-evaluation.
At my job I must ask myself questions like, “How truly dedicated am I to YES’ success? Do I know and understand YES’ mission? Why is it important?”
The answers to these questions help me rate myself on how internalized I am with my company. But these questions aren't specific to YES employees. Any employee at any business can (and should) assess their own dedication to the success of the job or company.
Do you want someone to remember you for how much you helped the company? Or for how much you hindered it?
How Can We Know If We Are “Internalized?”
Here are a few tips to help you:
- Take ownership and are accountable for desired results.
- Are actively engaged in taking initiative with confidence.
- Operate from personal values which are aligned with your company's values.
- Have high energy, passion, and enthusiasm.
- Have a strong commitment to your company, work group, and role.
- Be competent to deliver what is expected.
How many of these “suggestions” do you match up with? What can you do today to fix the things you’re lacking? As they say, don’t put off for tomorrow what can be done today.
Becoming internalized and self-directed isn't always as easy a process as just asking yourself the above questions. Sometimes we need a leader, or a helping hand to show us the way. It is here, where the concept of mentorship comes into play.
What Does It Mean To Be A Mentor?
A mentor is defined as a guide who can help you find the right direction and who can help you to develop solutions to career issues. Mentors rely on similar experiences from their own personal experience to be able to empathize with new employees.
“Mentors help fill your knowledge gaps and seek opportunities to help you grow and excel. A mentor is someone with whom you can let down your guard, share your insecurities, and ask the ‘stupid’ questions we all have sometimes.” – FORBES MAGAZINE
How Should We Mentor?
I asked the leaders of Your Employment Solutions if they could give 3 suggestions on how we should mentor, what would they be? Here is what they said:
Reed Laws, President:
- Level of responsibility –allow them to grow, let them show and utilize their own skills.
- Listen and be willing to use their ideas for the good of the company.
- Give them a full toolbox to utilize their skills.
Jarum Stone, Safety Manager:
- Make sure we are internalized ourselves and that our goals are in line with the company’s goals. Know the delegation model.
- Be trustworthy. An employee we can’t completely trust will never be fully internalized.
- Get passionate about what you do!
Kerry Westenskow, Vice President:
- Know what YES stands for and be able to communicate it clearly.
- Be the person you want them to become. Practice what you preach.
- Be open and available. They need to feel they can come to you at anytime with any question and know you will give them 100% of your attention. ALWAYS FOLLOW UP.
Remember, everyone has to start somewhere. If you look back in all your experience you’ll come to realize that there was not a moment when you figured out something on your own. Being a mentor doesn’t mean being a manager, supervisor, or even thinking you’re superior to someone else. Being a mentor is about helping.
My challenge to everyone that reads this is to look for those opportunities to mentor someone. Don’t do it with an, “I know more than you” approach. Before you help someone, think of what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it and then do it! Don’t just do it because it’s expected of you, do it because you want to see that person and YES (or your company) succeed! Be passionate about what you do and that passion will inspire others to do the same.
“A [great] mentor is honest and unafraid to tell you hard truths about yourself and your work. They help you navigate the politics of your organization or profession, and avoid the land mines. They push you to take risks and aim higher, and advocates for you when you’re not there.” – Pamela Ryckman
On-Site Manager | North Salt Lake, Utah
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“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” – Dalai Lama
We are all familiar with the term, “Honesty is the best policy.” It is a term we should all live by. Here at Your Employment Solutions we abide by that principle both with our clients and employees by embracing the concept of transparency.
If someone can’t be transparent, they can’t be trusted and that just makes for a bad business.
There are many areas we all need to exercise “transparency” in. I’d like to touch on a just a few.
TRANSPARENCY IN INFORMATION
The last thing you want to happen is that you get into something thinking you know what that something is and have it turn out to be the complete opposite. You can always count on YES to deliver the proper information pertaining to each job. We pride ourselves on that. And if, for some reason, we don’t have the answers we will be more than happy to figure them out.
When dealing with clients we make sure to let them know that what you see is what you get. Nobody wants to hype up their company and then not deliver on promises.
TRANSPARENCY IN COMMITMENT
Nobody should make a commitment with the intent to not follow through. A commitment is a more of a obligation. Which is why at Your Employment Solutions we intend to follow through to the end, both in reward and punishment.
In life, we are all committed in some way — whether it be in marriage, on a job — or even in the promises we make to friends. There is no bigger disappointment than when you break a commitment. So before you make a commitment think carefully on how dedicated you will be to follow through.
Here is a quote given by Lebron James on commitment:
“Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?”
TRANSPARENCY IN YOURSELF
Be transparent in who you are. No relationship should be based on a lie.
If you want to be trusted you must be real on who you are. Lying will only lead to distrust. Whether you speak to Tyler, Kenneth, Riley, myself or any other employee at YES you are guaranteed to be given straight answers every time.
If a job is difficult we will let you know.
If we feel you may not be qualified for the position we will tell you. In turn, we expect nothing less from our employees. Even in your own lives you need to be transparent because nobody wants to deal with someone that is known for lying.
“Confidence…thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Remember, honesty truly is the best policy. The way I see it, people who are transparent are 100% more successful than those who are not.
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