Friday February 8, 2008
Statement of the problem
The packaging team at Treetop Forest is experiencing many problems. Their productivity is decreasing and affecting the rest of the departments negatively. The unsupervised employees are slacking off, are not motivated and are adopting norms that are not fitted with the company. Inventory costs and the risk of damaged stocks are also increasing. The quality of the appearance of the finished products is also decreasing, resulting in a loss in the market share in the industry, hence being unable to compete with other companies.
Cause of the problem
Social loafing is causing the decrease in productivity in the packaging team. This tendency to ...view middle of the document...
Solutions and Consequences
1. To counteract the social loafing the company should: Increase feelings of indispensability. Doing this within the group would motivate the employees. Increase performance feedback, so that employees will know how to improve themselves as well as knowing what they did well. Reward group performance.
Highly motivated in what they are doing
They would feel belonging to the company since they would know what the company’s goals are.
2. To have a more structured environment, Treetop should hire and train a new supervisor only for the packaging department.
This solution will decrease inventory costs and increase the production and quality of the finished products.
Effective communication between the other departments to balance the productivity levels
The salary and training of this new employee will increase the company’s costs.
3. To reduce the overtime costs, limits should be put on the amount of overtime hours an employee is allowed to use, along with a deadline for a specific amount of products.
This would decrease the overtime salary costs
This would increase productivity due to the fixed goals.
This would decrease the extended break and lunch times.
Because these goals are imposed, the employees may be reluctant to achieve them. To avoid this situation, the goals could be discussed therefore increasing the probability of their achievement.
It would be recommended to implant supervision since it is the...