DNA of Success – Independence
The DNA of Success is a list of employee-specific attributes that are at the core of running a successful distribution business.
Across the long term horizon, employers have seen a continuous shift in the applicant pool for every position in a distribution operation. Compare the industrial revolution through the Second World War and then jump to today… the processes are similar but the jobs are very different. Across your career, you will see tremendous shifts in behavior and technology offerings intended to make the people and the processes more efficient. The one constant however is the DNA of Success.
Today’s DNA of Success attribute: Independence
As a leader, you have likely seen examples of many behavioral patterns. Finding associates with the proper mix of social skills to work in a team environment, but strong enough to know when to do the right thing, even if the team member is in the minority, is tricky. Often this person’s independence will evolve over time. Once trained and “up to speed”, most managers enjoy having associates who can make routine decisions and only ask for clarification in the most unique circumstances. This reduces supervisory overhead and often results in greater productivity metrics. At times, independent associates tend to be more energetic and you should expect anyone with this attribute to meet or exceed your standards regularly.
Humans have been seeking independence in all areas of their lives for centuries. When was the last time you thought about how to make your employees more independent? With decades of warehouse, manufacturing, and logistics experience, we understand the challenges you face when building a team or an organization.