How to Make Your Management Approach a Proactive One

By on August 24, 2018

by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist and Blog Manager for the National Forklift Exchange

Staying positive is the key to success. As it was also said, we learn best from our mistakes when we understand them as opposed to being punished for them. In the material handling industry, this is what is called a proactive or progressive approach. It has been proven that many employees find themselves more likely to be successful if they are in an environment such as this one, where they are encouraged, listened to, and feel supported.

These are some of the prime facets of a proactive management approach. Introducing such ideologies to your workplace is a lot easier than it may entail. Taking a few key steps can lead to your organization undergoing transformative change in their day-to-day practices. Furthermore, there are several methodologies that not only bolster morale but prevent future incidents and also bolster productivity. These are just a couple of examples of the byproducts that come with a progressive and proactive approach.

Promoting continuous improvement, enhancing communication, and implementing the appropriate safety checks are just a few of many ways you can make your management approach a proactive one. Are you looking to get started today? Here is how you can make those quick, sudden, and prolific changes:

  1. Promote Continuous Improvement – Continuous improvement is the antithesis of complacency. Promoting such behavior leads to the implementation of best business practices. As a result, the right way to do the things becomes the only way to do things. Continuous improvement is not just a word but a way of life. Determining the best way to approach any project or initiative is a fluid concept as new technologies emerge, new safety standards are passed, and new tools are introduced to make getting the task done easier. Keeping a listening ear and watchful eye to these revelations is a part of this process. Continuous improvement also encourages employee interaction as it allows staff and personnel to offer their own insights into how to make daily operations better. In turn, this catalyzes cohesion between management and general employees.
  2. Enhance Communication – Communication is key. However, communication is not a top-to-bottom concept. It is truly a two-way street. A proactive management approach sees leaders listening as much as telling. In doing this, trust is established between employees and their supervisors and as a result more incidents, issues, or feedback is reported more regularly. Invoking such enhancements will also lead to improved dialogues between workers on the production floor or in the warehouse. As a result, safety hazards are communicated more quickly and easily and as a result many mistakes and accidents are avoided overall.
  3. Implement Safety Checks – According to TotalTrax, safety checks contribute to many of the key performance metrics many look for when they are hoping to gauge the progress of their enterprise. Safety checks are not only for the matrix-driven – they are for the welfare-conscious. Implementing safety checks ensures that all vehicles and apparatus are ready for use before operation. As a result, far less hazards emerge and the likelihood of an incident is slashed drastically. Promoting such behavior is considered proactive in nature and essential toward revamping any management style.

This story was written and contributed by Tom Reddon. Tom is a forklift specialist and blog manager for the National Forklift Exchange. He also sits on the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) Executive Dialogue team. Follow him on Twitter at @TomReddon.


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