• 20.11.1

Industry 4.0 and new learning needs

By Dr. Alin Posteucă

I recently had experience in large manufacturing companies that sent employees largely only to Soft Skills training programs. Then I had improvement projects with them.

Everyone I talked to about Soft Skills said they had a lot of fun during the course, but that measurable business results didn’t come after months or even years.

To meet the KPI targets, trust, communication, problem solving etc. they must be addressed in the workplace, they must be connected to the challenges of the company and not in an artificial setting.

Consistent training of people can only be done if the work is well dimensioned and evaluated, if they receive information that will help to solve the specific problems, reliable, rational management messages, constantly in a clear direction, if the measurements are objective and if the people are inspired to be creative. A decisive role is played by professionally and attitudinally credible leaders and robust daily management.

So, do you think SoftSkills programs that are not directly related to specific daily problems bring real and measurable value to employees to meet business expectations and increase productivity and quality and reduce costs at work?

Strategic productivity and profitability consultant and researcher, Alin Posteucă, Ph.D., Ph.D. is transforming the way companies approach their strategic transformation. With over 20 years of management consulting experience, Posteucă has created effective concepts such as Strategic Kaizen, Takt Profit, KAIZENshiro Budgets and Costing. His research on production flow has led to innovative breakthroughs in strategic and operational productivity improvement.

Posteucă's investigation into typologies of losses and waste has identified feasible improvements that can achieve the ideal state of production flow, known as Synchronous Profitable Operations (SPO). His Takt Profit model allows the optimization of production planning, transforming profit per minute into objectives for strategic improvements achieved through Strategic Kaizen projects.

Posteucă's research has led to increased effectiveness in strategic improvements and has set the stage for future productivity in the world of manufacturing technology. He is laureate of the Romanian Academy of the "Traian Vuia" Prize, the highest scientific prize in Romania.

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