It does not matter if you are highly experienced in the manufacturing industry or you are just a beginner operations manager. The truth is that all people make mistakes. Unfortunately, some of the mistakes are going to be much more impact ful than others. When referring to operations management, you want to be sure that you do not make the following mistakes as they can drastically hurt your business.
Lack Of Documentation And Definition
When doing any performance-based job it is imperative that every single person involved knows exactly what has to be done. A huge error is not documenting and defining expectations, goals and the current situation the business is in. This should be logical since it is impossible to improve anything if you do not know where to start. At the same time, not knowing where you are going is detrimental to the entire process.
How can you choose the very best CMMS if you do not know what goals have to be met or what problems exist at the moment? Always map out operations and create a complete road map of how existing processes will be improved.
In an attempt to create a system that is really good and effective so many operations managers make the mistake of overcomplicating absolutely everything. The truth is the very best preventative maintenance plan is the one that is ridiculously simple. When procedures and processes are too thought-out and too complex it is so easy to be faced with mistakes and failures in the future. You want to always review the existing procedures and see if they can be simplified or not. When this is possible, quickly rework everything. The entire system will thus end up running smoothly.
Not Being Proactive
It is quite commonly seen in operations managers that do not have a lot of experience to be reactive. You want to be proactive since the best leaders are the ones that will find system weaknesses and always consider the worst case scenario. Also, the best professionals will anticipate what could go wrong and will take all the needed steps to be sure that the boiling point is never reached. When you know dangers and you properly prepare, everything becomes more efficient. If you do not and something bad happens, solving future problems is more complicated than it should be.
Lack Of Continuous Education
Education seems to always be taken for granted. Unfortunately, when you are trained to use a specific system you easily end up failing to understand that the industry changes as time passes. Processes are improved and you have access to better technology. The work of the operations manager is always going to involve continuing education so that you are aware of all industry trends. As you fall behind trends the entire operation ends up with lower performance. Do not stagnate and never become complacent as you are comfortable with the processes that are in place. Catching up after being behind is really difficult and takes a lot of hard work.