Manufacturing efficiency where you'd least expect it

Joyce Fassl
After you have been doing something for 25 years, you have to hope you would finally get the hang of it. The silver anniversary I am referring to is Food Engineering's 25th annual salary and job satisfaction survey featured in this issue. While I am sure FE can always do a better job getting manufacturing news and the latest technologies out to our readers, this time I want you to think about doing a better job at something.

If you read between the lines of the cover story on the annual salary and job satisfaction survey, you may be astonished to uncover some manufacturing efficiencies that cost you nothing, but can pay back very nicely. One is called worker appreciation or recognition for a job well done. Another is called direction or more support from management.

Year after year, our readers tell us how appreciation for a job well done is much more important than a salary increase. Our research shows that employees crave encouragement, support and the right balance of work time with home life in order to be effective.

Even if your boss or company doesn't give you the job support and life balance you need, I believe you can improve your department's effectiveness by providing recognition and support to those who work for you. Give it a try and see what happens.

We've been advocating employee morale improvements on the pages of Food Engineering for decades. Now is the time to put that advice to work and see if you can gain those ever elusive manufacturing efficiencies.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2006.

Food Engineering Editorial Advisory Board

David Watson
Vice President, Engineering
Pepperidge Farm, Inc.

Mike Shulman
Manager, Process Engineering
ConAgra Foods

Ron Yockey
Beef Products, Inc.

Scott Butler
Vice President Engineering and Technical Services
Del Monte Foods

Dave Gemellaro
Director, Sector Engineering
Kraft Foods

Peter Migchels
Director of Engineering, Fresh Bakeries
Maple Leaf Foods

Tom Wolters
Senior Manager Technology
Pepsico Beverages & Food

Sam Casey
Director of Engineering
H.J. Heinz

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

Recent Articles by Joyce Fassl, Editor-in-Chief

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

IPPE 2015

The 2015 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) was held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, Jan. 27-29. More than 30,000 poultry, meat and feed industry representatives attended the event to interact with the 1,288 exhibitors on the show floor that covered more than 490,000 net square feet. At the show exhibitors demonstrated innovations in equipment, supplies and services utilized by firm in the production and processing of meat, poultry, eggs and feed products.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering February 2015 Cover

2015 February

In this February 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how energy waste caused by leaks in compressed air, steam and water or faulty building insulation/seals can be reduced with the right equipment and knowledge.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Engineering Food Master 2015Food Master 2015 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.