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Hello everyone, I'm a director of an engineering company and right now I have some problems concerning my company, It would be great to hear opinions here and there. I made a mistake, right now I am overseeing an important project, but the workers I hired are not doing their job well. As I am in a developing country, Indonesia the workers are barely trained and just can't get their job done! I was too trusting, so please if anyone could help is there any way to fix this? the project is underway, so I can't just replace them or train them... haven't got the time.
From Indonesia, Jakarta
You must sit with them and talk to them on the present situation also make them understand that this project is very crucial for the organization as well as for them.Make them understand the success of this project is very important which currently you are handling now.
Try to understand their concern,make them understand you are with them,at the same time they also have to give their best towards organization goal.

From India, Madras
Dear Zinax7,
You have not given enough details about the nature of the work in your engineering firm for which you have hired workers. Hence, any solution the members provide will be like answering the question "How do I get to Bali?" Do you think untrained workers can complete the work without training? Why can't you replace them or train them? It's like asking "I want to get to Bali, my car has broken down and neither I can use another mode of transport or repair the car. How do I do that"
Hence, I urge you kindly to provide more details so that we can give you a sensible and effective soultion.
Have a lovely day.
Learning and Teaching Fellow (Retd.)
The University of Bolton, UK.
"It is never too late to learn or improve oneself"

From United Kingdom
Dear Mr. Zinax7,

I presume that you are a director in an engineering Construction Company where the work is not going smoothly. (In Manufacturing and other companies there is no chance for getting illiterate unskilled, untrained workforce).

Please study the scenario, what went wrong, analyse it, discuss with your team managers (Execution, Planning, Administration, Accounts). Find out the most unproductive gangs of workforce, replace them and if not possible reduce them and make sure they will be allowed to work only under effective supervision.

Find out the production oriented teams, discuss with them, declare some sort of productivity linked incentive and implement during their wage/pay disbursement time itself. Because Money will be most attractive motivating factor for the workforce. Give some confidential instruction to those most productive gang to increase the manpower and reduce the manpower of unproductive gangs silently.

Simultaneously, you can impart some work linked training (1 or 2 days training programme) to the workmen, by which you can get more good results within a month or two. If you get panic, then it will be difficult to come out from such scenario.

Further you can implement some welfare measures to the workforce, like free food at lunch, make some party/get-to-gether with all the workforce and explain the present position of the project and address the issue immediately, so that delay may cause further damage to the project.

All the best

From India, Kumbakonam
Mr Zinax It feel you hired person without completing Job Analysis activity. It remidy is only have a good HR proffesional with you and leave sitatuation on that and trust. Vipin
From India, Ghaziabad
Dear Zinax,
I am assuming that you have been in Indonesia for less than a year or so. If that is the case, I suggest you study some of the cultural traits of the local workforce.
One aspect I learnt while working with Indonesian teams was that "sense of time", "timelines" and "deadlines" were relative terms. If a meeting was to start at 12:00 noon, it usually was taken as anytime from 12:00 noon onward! It took my team managers a while to accept this attitude. But once you factor in such cultural characteristics into your projects, it would be easier to work and deliver too!
Please feel free to write me for more information and support.
[email protected]

From India, Hyderabad
One option of getting the workers trained is to spread out the training programme, say two hours every day at the beginning of the shift, when the energy levels will be relatively high and the interest will be there. As indicated above by several friends, it is highly essential that you have to explain their role in the factory and the direct impact of their performance or otherwise on the goals of the organisation. How you will not be able to pay them more, if they are not performing to their potential. Persuasiveness wil have better impact than throwing up your hands in despair.
Best of luck in your efforts.

From India
AS you are aware that the cost of team is less than 5% of the project cost, don't jeopardize the project for the sake of the people, get a core team who know the job and role up your sleeves and get to the field and get the job done with the core team and the team you have.
Good luck keep us posted when the project gets flagged off

From India, Madras
Dear Zinax,
As being a Director u need to conduct a meeting with ur company production and HR Dept.concern persons.and tel them to provide the proper training whom they r hireing,and also conduct motivational training,u can also start a short term incentive or some rewards for incourage the worker for the high production..
First Understand the mentality of the workers what they r thinking....
It would 100% work out.
Feel free to write me at [email protected]

From India, Bangalore
Dear Sir,
Until and unlss you train or replace the workers your work is not going to complete. The best way is to train them instead of replacing, as you mentioned there is no time hence I suggest that you dclare some incentive for extra time and extra work, in the regular working hours let them be on their work and buy some time in the evening after completion of the regular work and try to organize some training program for one or two hours regularly so that they can learn and earn.
In my opinion this option may help you in completing your project and it is going to be a win win situation. We tried and succeeded in our earlier assignment. Some times we used to have weekend program along with the family members once in a month, this motivated the employees and we succeeded in completing the project with a 20days dealy.
Thanks and rgards - kamesh

From India, Hyderabad

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