Machinery Lubrication

Machinery Lubrication Jan Feb 2016

Machinery Lubrication magazine published by Noria Corporation

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FROM THE FIELD FROM THE FIELD 10 January - February 2016 | seeking employment that allows them to learn new skills. You are more likely to attract and keep good employees if you can offer development opportunities through a great training program. Job Satisfaction Nurturing employees to develop more rounded skill sets will help them contribute to the company. The more engaged and involved they are in working for your success, the better your and their rewards will be. Employee Retention Training can instill loyalty and commit- ment from good workers. Personnel looking for the next challenge will be more likely to stay if you offer ways for them to learn and grow while at your company. Don't give them a reason to move on by letting them stagnate once they've mastered initial tasks. Added Flexibility You can cross-train employees to be capable in more than one aspect of the busi- ness. Teach them to be competent in sales, customer service, administration and oper- ations. This will keep them interested and help you when setting schedules or filling in for absences. Cross-training also fosters the sense of team, as employees appreciate the challenges their co-workers face. Knowledge Transfer It is very important to share knowledge among your staff. If only certain individuals have special skills, you will have a tough time recouping their knowledge if they suddenly leave the company. Obtain Buy-in Training helps garner buy-in for new initiatives. It's human nature to resist change. One way to overcome this obstacle is with a simple training that explains the whys of the change and how the change affects them. Promote Innovation Training is a central promoter of innova- tion. It's easy to understand how knowing more about a subject can help drive innova- tion in strategies or products. As an educator and a technical consul- tant, I often get a front-row seat in the change-implementation process. By educating a program's stakeholders, you not only can gain momentum and recruit soldiers for your cause, but you also can find the true champions — those who genuinely want to learn more because they are fascinated by the subject matter. Frequently, they will take this knowledge and spread it among their peers. This then becomes the catalyst for change within an organization and leads to easier adoption of new programs. About the Author Jeremy Wright is the vice president of technical services for Noria Corporation. He serves as a senior technical consultant for Lubrication Program Development projects and as a senior instructor for Noria's Machinery Lubrication I and II training courses. He is a certified mainte- nance reliability professional through the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Profes- sionals, and holds Machine Lubricant Analyst Level III and Machine Lubrication Technician Level II certifications through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication. Contact Jeremy at to learn how Noria can help you educate your workforce. Whether it is a lubrication and reliability program or a health and wellness program, education is critical to the overall likelihood of a program's success.

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