How to Adapt to Robotic Automation Systems
Create Incentives for Employees
Employees are more likely to accept change when there are incentive or recognition programs in place. Make sure that your employees understand how automation is a natural step to achieve your company’s mission.
Don’t Force Change
It’s been our experience that people are most resistant to change when they don’t see any benefit. Fortunately, you have an opportunity during the planning phase to get your team used to the idea of robotic automation. In today’s economy, people are especially worried about losing their jobs to robots and other automation technology. However, you’ll have less resistance if you discuss how automation will improve workplace safety and make their jobs easier.
For example, whenever employees operate heavy industrial machinery, there is always the risk for personal injury. An unbalanced load can be enough to tip over a forklift, injury workers, or even damage your facility. By shifting more responsibility to material handling systems and robots, you can lower the risk of worker injury and create a safer workplace.
Understand the Effects of Automation
Depending on the size and complexity of your operations, you may be able to easily adopt robotic automation systems with careful planning. Once you decide to use more automation, you’ll need to think about how the changes will affect you, employees, and customers.
Not only do you have to think about the workers who will be directly affected by the changes on the factory floor, but you must anticipate how it will indirectly impact different groups of people. From our experience in, we can tell you that the most successful companies do their best to fully understand how automation will affect their operations before implementing change.
Be Ready for Ongoing Management
There is no easy way to implement robotic automation. It’s not uncommon for people to think that automation is the answer to all their problems, without considering how they’ll need to plan for ongoing training, management, observation, and opportunities for improvement.
While automation will help you save money in the long run, it’s important to also look at it as an investment in your company. Once you adopt robot technology, you’ll need to make sure your employees understand how it affects day-to-day operations. Many successful companies claim that their employees are their greatest assets, which is why it’s important your team has all the information and training they need to adapt to robot technology.
Our robotics engineering team in Grand Rapids is dedicated to helping you design an automation system adaptable enough to handle your output needs year-round. To request your quote for robotic automation systems, call First Choice Robotics at (616) 345-0887.