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Ratio of workers in manufacturing unit
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Chrm Message From: ram mohan jaitley Total Posts: 12 Join Date: 18/10/2009
Rank: Executive Post Date: 11/04/2012 00:17:59 Points: 60 Location: India

Dear All,
Can anybody advice me on the ideal ratio between blue collared and white collared employees in a manufacturing unit.
Best Regards,



Chrm Message From: kumard Total Posts: 27 Join Date: 18/10/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 11/04/2012 00:19:01 Points: 135 Location: India

hi, I dont think there should be any hard and fast rule of maintaining any ratio  between blue collared and white collared employee.the objective should be to accomplish the task efficiently and economically.

Chrm Message From: srini Total Posts: 163 Join Date: 18/10/2009  
Rank: Leader Post Date: 11/04/2012 00:20:43 Points: 815 Location: India

Dear Ram,

This point depends on lot of factors:

* Automation Level: High Automation means lower blue collar ratio and vice versa.

* Machines Status: Old machine may need more maintenance and more blue collar and vice versa.

* Outsourcing Level: Does the organization strategy use many functions like HR and Marketing through outsourcing companies which means lower white collar ratio.

* People efficiency: Higher efficiency means lower number.

* People turnover: High turnover may mean the new comers are not efficient as resigned ones.

* Motivation Level: Higher motivated people can do more tasks with fewer resources.

So there's no fixed ratio.

Some manufacturing companies are targeting 85% blue collar as a suitable ratio while the others see the ideal ratio of blue collar is 100% which means the customer is not interested to pay the cost of non direct added value.


Chrm Message From: paladin Total Posts: 31 Join Date: 18/10/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 11/04/2012 22:39:18 Points: 155 Location: India


I am a Human Resource consultant and have found, through experience, that generally, the ratio is one (1) white collar (supervisor) for every ten (10) blue collar (worker).  Anything lower (1:8) results in supervisor inefficiency, not enough work/ interaction/oversight to maintain a high level of productivity.

A higher ratio (1:12) could result in the supeervisor being overworked and thereby failing to recognize critical bottlenecks, inability to train (re-train) employees, or adjusting to unforeseen problems/ circumstances; which could lead to poor quality and lower workforce morale.



Chrm Message From: peekay Total Posts: 5 Join Date: 18/10/2009  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 12/04/2012 23:35:57 Points: 25 Location: India


We are the manufacturer of steel castings. In our company 70% of the total work force is blu collar. As Srini said, there is no fixed ratio, it depedns on the automation level, types of products & the job design as per the industrial engineering.



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