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 BoardDavid Watson
Vice President, Engineering
Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
Manager, Process Engineering
Beef Products, Inc.
Vice President Engineering and Technical Services
Del Monte Foods
Director, Sector Engineering
Director of Engineering, Fresh Bakeries
Maple Leaf Foods
Senior Manager Technology
Pepsico Beverages & Food
Director of Engineering