How to Build a Culture of Excellence through Human Insights

Investment in Employee Engagement has been proven to have a positive impact on margins, employee retention, safety, and bottom-line profitability. Employee Engagement is attained by Enabling, Energizing, and Empowering employees to achieve successful outcomes at every level of your organization. 

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    Cultural challenges can be at the root of every issue that your organization encounters, including productivity, safety, quality, maintenance, human resources, and financial performance because it is the foundation on which everything else sits.

    If your organization is a vehicle, your culture is the fuel on which it runs. As a result, it doesn’t matter if your organization is a “Ferrari” if you are continuously filling it with low-octane petrol your car will sputter off the line, develop costly and recurring maintenance issues, and, eventually, end up in the junkyard.

    Whatever your vehicle, your cultural “fuel” defines the level to which your vehicle can perform. Bad fuel = poor performance. Conversely, however, excellent fuel will ensure your organization is operating at peak levels.

    What is a “Culture of Excellence”?

    Do your employees think that their work is meaningful or are they simply a cog in a wheel? Do they seem inspired or do they drag their feet? Do they seem happy or are they punching a time card and waiting for their shift to be over?

    A Culture of Excellence exists where employees are engaged and invested in the pursuit of positive organizational outcomes, manifested through their thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors.

    A Culture of Excellence is a set of values and practices that promote continuous improvement, high standards, and exceptional performance throughout an organization. It is characterized by a relentless focus on delivering the best possible products or services, achieving exceptional quality, and exceeding customer expectations.

    In a manufacturing organization, a Culture of Excellence is especially valuable because it helps to drive efficiency, reduce waste, and increase profitability. By setting high standards and continuously improving processes, products, and services, a culture of excellence can help to ensure that the organization remains competitive in a constantly evolving market.

    A leadership team that fosters a culture of excellence will encourage its employees to strive for excellence in all aspects of their work, including product design, manufacturing processes, customer service, and quality control. They will set clear expectations and provide the necessary resources and support to help their employees achieve those goals. They will also foster a culture of learning, experimentation, and innovation, encouraging their employees to think creatively and try new things in pursuit of excellence.

    The benefits of a Culture of Excellence are many. By encouraging frontline employees to aim for the highest standards, a manufacturing organization can improve the quality of its products and services, reduce defects and errors, and increase customer satisfaction. This, in turn, can help to build a positive reputation, attract new customers, and increase sales and revenue.

    Additionally, a Culture of Excellence can help to foster a positive and productive work environment. Employees who feel empowered to take ownership of their work and make meaningful contributions to the organization are more likely to be engaged, motivated, and satisfied with their jobs. This, in turn, can lead to lower turnover rates, better retention of top talent, and a more stable and productive workforce.

    The Value of Human Insights

    Valuing human insight is key to fostering a Culture of Excellence. Employee Engagement builds as employees feel valued because their insights are actioned upon and real results are achieved.

    Capturing human insights involves collecting data about the experiences, perspectives, and behaviors of frontline workers in a manufacturing organization. By understanding their needs, motivations, and pain points, the organization can tailor its strategies and initiatives to better engage and support its employees.

    Increasing engagement of frontline workers has a direct impact on the profitability of a manufacturing organization for several reasons. First, engaged employees tend to be more productive and efficient, which can lead to higher output, better quality, and lower costs. They also tend to be more creative and innovative, which can drive process improvements, new product development, and other initiatives that create value for the organization.

    Engaged employees are also more likely to stay with the organization and to promote it to others, which can reduce turnover costs and attract new talent. They tend to be more committed to the organization's mission and values, which can improve customer satisfaction and loyalty. And they are more likely to contribute to a positive culture and work environment, which can lead to better collaboration, communication, and teamwork.

    Capturing human insights is critical to increasing the engagement of frontline workers, which in turn has a direct impact on the profitability of a manufacturing organization. By understanding the needs and motivations of its employees and tailoring its strategies and initiatives accordingly, the organization can create a more engaged and productive workforce that drives growth and success.

    Why is a Culture of Excellence important?

    Industrial automation has revolutionized the manufacturing industry, but too much dependence on it can create disengaged employees. Building a Culture of Excellence can help to mitigate this issue.

    Firstly, it's important to recognize that continuous improvement is essential to maintaining competitiveness and profitability in the manufacturing industry. In order to achieve this, a company needs to constantly look for ways to improve processes, products, and services. This requires additional work and a Culture of Excellence is required to drive continuous improvement.

    Building a Culture of Excellence means creating an environment where employees are engaged, motivated, and committed to achieving the company's goals. When employees are engaged, they are more likely to be invested in the success of the company and willing to put in the extra effort required to drive continuous improvement. They will be more likely to identify areas for improvement and contribute innovation that can help the company stay ahead of the competition.

    In addition, a Culture of Excellence can help to foster a sense of pride and ownership in the work that employees do. When employees feel that their work is valued and that they are contributing to the success of the company, they are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs and to remain loyal to the company.

    Finally, building a Culture of Excellence can also help to attract and retain top talent. In a competitive industry like manufacturing, having a reputation for excellence can help to differentiate a company from its competitors and make it more attractive to potential employees.

    Too much dependence on AI and Industry 4.0 industrial automation can also ostracize employees and destroy your culture. (Learn more about our take on Human Intelligence at

    How can Weever help?

    Weever provides digital tools that unlocks your team's experience and insights, simplifies decision-making, and removes barriers that are hindering them from achieving their full potential.

    Weever guides your team through digital workflows, and empowers them to easily capture their observations, insights, and improvement ideas.

    The incredibly valuable human dimension of data capture, fuelled by instinct, experience and intuition, is something that is otherwise difficult to harness and action (and impossible when using paper).

    Once captured, Weever transforms people-led data into actionable metrics and real-time insights that allow you to drive your organization forward.

    Your employees, in turn, can see and feel the tangible impact that they are making – unlocking the success that comes through an empowered team.

    Frontline Employee Engagement is a measure of how invested your frontline employees are in the growth and prosperity of your organization. If you change their investment level by enabling them, energizing them, and empowering them, you will reap the benefits of increased engagement.

    • Empower your staff with “bottom up” Operational Excellence tools. Allow staff to understand the value your organization is manufacturing and how it is delivered so that they can correct issues autonomously. Staff can submit suggestions, observations, and abnormality reports and watch the progress of them into site initiatives and improvement projects.
    • Energize your staff with personal goal tracking, gamification and automated reward points that they can redeem in your personalized rewards marketplace. Broadcast result KPIs and celebrate wins to keep staff engaged.
    • Enable your staff with instant access to modern software that is just as focused on Operational Excellence as it is on Employee Engagement. Weever makes it easy to collect data, track projects and view reports while staff can also review leaderboard, point totals and redeem rewards - all in one place.

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    Everything you need to know about how to Build a Culture of Excellence by increasing the engagement of your frontline employees.

    Frontline Employee Engagement Ultimate Guide

    Everything you need to know about how to Build a Culture of Excellence by increasing the engagement of your frontline employees.

    Everything you need to know about how to Build a Culture of Excellence by increasing the engagement of your frontline employees.