Shopfloor Management: Leading and Coaching on the Shopfloor

On September 18/19 the 7th meeting of the AWF working group Shopfloor Management took place at Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH in Darmstadt. There, under the professional direction of Dr. Daniela Kudernatsch, personnel managers from companies debated, among other things, how leading and coaching on the shop floor works.

The working group started on September 18 at noon with a factory tour at the host company, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH,

  • which is the global technology and market leader for products for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical tests and inspections, and
  • who has already gained a lot of practical experience in the field of shop floor management.

In the afternoon the participants exchanged their experiences with Shopfloor Management with the responsible persons at Hottinger Baldwin, before Dr. Daniela Kudernatsch and the KUDERNATSCH-consultant Jochen Sturm answered urgent questions of the participants about Shopfloor Management, which they had formulated in advance, in a so-called topical hour.

Working groups on the topic of shop floor management

The 2nd day of the working group meeting started with a keynote speech by Dr. Daniela Kudernatsch and Jochen Sturm on the topic of “Leading and Coaching on the Shopfloor”. Afterwards, the working group members worked in working groups on the so-called marketplace topics that had been agreed with them in the run-up to the meeting.

Under the professional performance and moderating guidance of Dr. Daniela Kudernatsch and Jochen Sturm, they dealt with the following topics, among others:

  • Success factors of coaching on the shop floor?
  • External or internal coaching?
  • Selection and training of coaches?
  • Conflict potentials of the roles coach and manager?
  • Motivation for coaching and resource planning?

Exchange of experience about Shopfloor Management

The practical experience that other companies have already gained with coaching and leading employees at the shop floor level and qualifying managers for this task served as impulses for possible solutions.

The results of the working groups were then presented to and discussed with all participants in a kind of marketplace. Afterwards, everyone asked themselves “What do I take with me from what I have experienced and heard into my everyday working life?” before finally planning the next meeting of the Shopfloor Management working group.

You can find more information about the Shopfloor Management working group here. The next meeting of the working group will be held 6/7/2018 at FA. Maxon Motor GmbH in Sexau (near Freiburg).

Many greetings
Yours Daniela Kudernatsch