Case Study: Albatross Anchors

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Albatross Anchors is a major manufacturer, they manufacture two different types of anchors and have continued to grow since they started with just 4 family members in 1976. The plant overall is outdated and technology deprived. The administrative offices are dilapidated, disorganized, and run inefficiently. The plant is obsolete, worn dirty, and no longer meets all US safety and environmental standards. The company is in need of many required changes so they can be more productive and have better time management. The business is in need of a larger more organized workspace to accelerate production and shipment of product demand. Albatross Anchor must make clear and sustainable decisions to gain a competitive advantage, so profits and production …show more content…
For the company it provides a safety measure with more job coverage in the event of employee resignations and absenteeism, and sudden increases in a particular job activity. If an employee is sick or if an area in the business is short-handed an employee that is cross trained can make the lateral move to fill in. employees who are cross trained seem to take their job more seriously and often perform better because they know many areas of the company and know their value to the company. They perform a variety of tasks, and have a degree of loyalty which is demonstrated by their willingness to learn aspects across the board at their company. The employee becomes more valuable to the company because he/she has the skills to fill more than just their position. The company gains because there is more flexibility in the workers. Cross training is also a personal benefit to the employee as it can avoid injuries from repetitive actions, as well as, prevent boredom. When employees feel valuable and appreciated and tend to work harder and be more dedicated (vital source, …show more content…
The job should never limit the employee or compromise an employee’s capabilities. Good ergonomics shortens learning times; makes the job easier with less fatigue; improves equipment maintenance; reduces absenteeism, labor turnover, and job stress and injury; and meets requirements for health and safety. Recognizing ergonomic risks factors in the work place is an essential first step in correcting hazards and improving worker protection. In order to achieve these objectives, the job activity must be carefully analyzed, and the demands placed on the employee must be understood. The contribution of anatomy in ergonomics is the improvement of the physical aspect of the job: achieving a good physical fit between the employee and the things the employee uses on the job, whether it’s a hand tool, a computer, a video camera, a forklift, or a lathe. Physiology is concerned with how the body functions. It addresses the energy required from the employee to do the job as well as the acceptable workload and work rate and the physical working conditions. e essential to their performance (vital source,

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