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"Working" supervisor limits5/11
I'm wondering how many of you expect "production work" out of your supervisors, and how many employees they are expected to direct? We have 7 people under our shop supervisor's direction, and I think we're at the ceiling of this "working" model.
The thing that triggered this thought in my head is how our scheduling software considers our supervisor as a resource, when he is often interrupted, as the needs of the day progress.
To be clear, in our shop, this supervisor is expected to ensure our company policies of safety, quality are adhered to along with maintaining the productivity of the production group. Also, this person is in charge of shipping and receiving, and confirming inventory levels.
Additionally, I'm expecting this role to be a key player in our Lean/continuous improvement initiative.
All this adds up to a full work day, and I'd be interested in hearing other views on the topic.
8 is the max without any production out of the foreman, let alone with.
IMO the manager has to be exterior to the production in order to manage.
Manage with a metric and see which scenario makes the metric change for the better.
What kind of scheduling software are you using?
We are using Scheduler, from Tradesoft. It's integrated with our ERP, so there is no data entry. we use it mainly for forecasting capacity, not day to day scheduling, although it is capable of doing that.
How granular of a level will Tradesoft parse the daily scheduling?
Does your crew go to Tradesoft to see what they should be working on next or does your crew go to the foreman who then goes to Tradesoft to see what they should be working on?
What portion of your foreman's day is "clerical" in nature (passing out tasks > monitoring status) and how much is "managerial" (i.e., managing methods, locations, sequences etc)?
What is the actual mechanism within 'Scheduler' to signal priority or indicate status?