Top Shops: Incentivizing Pays Off for Burkard
All companies have a different approach to incentivizing employees, but most agree that the higher the employee engagement, the better the performance and company loyalty.
Burkard Industries’ Jay Burkard knows the value of a precise, data-driven incentive program.
“We have seen about a 20 percent plant-wide increase in productivity over the last 18 months,” he says. “I attribute this improvement to our focus on establishing performance metrics, collecting data and sharing that information with our employees on a daily basis.”
Burkard Industries, a Clinton Township, Michigan-based powder coating and electrocoating company, assesses the company’s four key production departments using a “scorecard” system, which evaluates the company, the departments, the employees and part quality. The company prides itself on being meticulously data-driven, using gathered data to assess the company’s strengths and weaknesses.
The company operates with this system in an effort to meet both company-level and employee-level objectives and encourage the employees to churn out quality material, Burkard says. This creates a more responsive team of employees and encourages stringent focus on creating excellent product.