Professional development and change in work culture paradigms is the current situation of the Bajio region
States in the Bajio region have experienced a change in their economic activities and high dynamism in their work environment; however, experts in the subject have detected companies must have with measures so that employees can develop within the organization and this is not reflected in productivity.
In Guanajuato, the labor dynamism has grown to the level of companies that have mechanisms to generate confidence and belonging from their collaborators and achieve their permanence in the company.
Meanwhile, Luz Maria Lozano Ontiveros, general director of ISCompany, said that the Bajio region keeps a continuous and dynamic labor offer, as of at least 120 companies to which they advise belong to different sectors, was detected that there is mobility as result of the benefits offer and better wages; however, companies are placing more emphasis in their collaborators feel identified with the company’s vision and philosophy.
“There are companies that have difficulties to retain workforce and require a great number of people to cover the positions they request, but people are not being stable because they are seeing where is the best option according to what they consider it is a good work environment,” he noted.
APPLYING PREVENTION MODELS
Currently, companies in Guanajuato are pursuing having procedures that guarantee them the internal and external regulations compliance, that is why in order to continue with the promotion of an innovative organizational culture, companies are increasingly implementing the Business Compliance Model.
Israel Jimenez Medina, legal director of consultora ACCE, said that this methodology helps businesses having a preventive legal scheme, aimed at the improvement of an internal labor culture.
“This model is almost new in Mexico and is recognized in the Free Trade Agreement, as a classification; it is innovative because during the implementation businessmen are betting on prevention instead of reacting to a consequence,” he said.
He noted that prevention guarantees the fulfillment of workers’ rights inside the organization and not only in compliance with employment regulations.
Medina underlined that from the companies advising, about 15 Guanajuato businesses are adopting this method.
Through Lean Construction methodology, they seek innovating in work project management and that in turn, help in the improvement of soft skills and human capital techniques.
Juan Francisco Perez Herrera, general director of Lean Construction Institute Mexico, said that this trend is starting to be applied in Mexico and has similar bases to the work philosophy of Lean Manufacturing.
“Lean Construction centers on improving processes efficiency, find collaborative platforms, standardized programs and the development of workers potential,” explained the expert.
Courses and training offered are designed for participants to have a better academic offer adapting the contents of according to each person conditions and of the same company.
INNOVATION IN PRODUCTIVITY
Ernesto Ortiz Espinoza, CEO of Consultoria Ortiz, said that some small and medium companies have the idea that innovation only can be seen reflected on products and not in processes, the reason why the consultancy company helps the business increase their efficiency and operatively through innovation.
He explained that they currently support 30 SMEs in different strategies to implement solutions that help them obtaining exponential results. And for them to accomplish this a diagnosis is made on human capital, infrastructure, technology, processes, and market, so that later they receive a proposal on which will be the processes to be changed to achieve the objective.
“We have helped Guanajuato companies reaching the best human talent permanence and have to be updated to generate the best labor conditions and for it to be attractive for the people in order to have greater stability in the development of their work,” Ortiz Espinoza explained.
He underlined that to innovate within labor productivity is fundamental to also observe supporting collaborators to avoid turnover and that in turn, they have a permanence sense inside the company.
TRANSFORMING ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICES
Guanajuato has joined evolution in assets management evolution, as companies consider that, as part of the professionalization and specialization of the workforce, it is necessary to prevent mistakes, mainly in operative matters.
This was announced by Gerardo Trujillo, president of the Pan-American Committee of Maintenance Engineering (COPIMAN, by its Spanish initials) who said that companies in the area are looking to improve personnel technical skills in two levels, first in operative matters where collaborators have to know how to do a much better job and second, in the improvement of their abilities to provide an accurate maintenance.
“Nowadays the industry is facing a change, the issue is in human capital, and how to prepare they are not only to fulfill their work but to prevent incidences, if different basic proactive tasks are not taken into account in a company for the maintenance of a machine, it is then when 80 % of the problems begin to emerge,” he referred.
Gerardo Trujillo noticed that it is important for collaborators to know how to fulfill these functions in a suitable manner, as he said that there is very little training culture in the organization and development of technical competences in universities and technological institutes. “Companies in Guanajuato today are beginning to manage the maintenance programs, it is important for them to know how to program planning activities, collect information, apply a failure report system and corrective actions, it is currently fundamental for them to have their personal trained for that,” he observed.
He advised that companies settled in Guanajuato, mainly those supplying Tier2 and Tier1, have chosen to seek another way of providing maintenance involving the use of systems and software focused on asset management, but mainly in training personnel to suitable design these maintenance strategies.
“There are still many companies that apply maintenance techniques of the ’70s when their machines are of that time, neither the reliance requirements are the same, currently we are on a competitive environment where failure is not an option,” he noted.
He restated that it is necessary to train maintenance professionals on strategy management and design since there is still a high incidence of corrective and lack of planning in Mexican SMEs and MSMEs.
Regarding training in strategy, the Pan-American Committee of Maintenance Engineering in collaboration with the Mexican Association of Asset Management, promotes events related to the preparation and academic training and skills of professionals in maintenance and reliability, as there are also international certifications for it.
“There is an annual congress in Mexico, which is the Maintenance and Reliability Congress, which takes place in September, where the only thing they talk about is strategy, these are the events that our country needs to take the full leap and be able to compete adequately from the point of view of productivity with more reliable machines,” he said.
CHALLENGE: SUPPLIER MANAGEMENT
It is important to change the business culture for the development of suppliers, especially in medium and small companies that have wanted to take the leap towards the diversification of their products, Alejandro Arredondo Aguilera, director of the AG Group, said.
He mentioned that unfortunately many of the products offered by companies to the automotive industry in Guanajuato are “commoditized,” that is, they do not have added value, although they still offer quality services.
“We have to work at the bottom of the organization and of the company to know our processes to find the added value, unfortunately all companies that want to join the supply offer the same at very similar costs and the difference is based on transfers, cost material and cost of the product, but unfortunately we are not seeing the heart of the matter, which is why my company is daring to do machining and plastic injection?, what differentiates me in cost and quality from my competitors?,” he said.
Arredondo Aguilera said that what should be changed is the paradigm in local companies and the business culture that is had to see consumer trends and find out where the sector is going.
“Today we have a much-consolidated supplier chain for the manufacture of combustion engines, with the engines disappearing in the coming years, perhaps we need a step towards innovation and professionalization, we need to work a step forward because the automotive sector advances very fast,” the director said.
He stressed that in the issue of diversification in the automotive industry in Guanajuato is seeing the climax of what has already been invested in previous years and although investments will continue to arrive, the pace will not be frenetic, so he called for the strengthening and acceptance of other competitive sectors how is the aerospace, where the topic of business culture is different from the automotive.
“We must explore our commercial and contact networks for the positioning of companies in the automotive industry in Guanajuato,” he concluded.