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implemented the use of the boards and
it's a really good teaching tool to communicate
to the team the exact information
they need to complete the project, "
Madden says. " It eliminates errors and
if we ever have to do something else for
the client on the project, we have all
the information. "
SewLong Custom Covers also uses
visual boards to track projects, which
Halladay refers to as sample boards or
standard boards. " They have each individual
project broken down with stepby-step
instructions, " Halladay says.
" Our lead sewer uses them as a teaching
tool and walks the newer sewers
through the project, using the board as
a visual guide. "
For all of these fabricators, having
master sewers mentor the newly hired
is at the heart of the training process.
" Very few sewers come to us with marine
canvas experience. We have had the
most success when we set clear expectations,
assign checkpoints to ensure
that the expectations are being met,
and provide feedback for improvement
throughout, " Clark says.
" Problems
arise when we 'assume' that the person
understands the process and isn't monitored
throughout. "
Still, no matter how skilled a sewer becomes,
what shop owners want and need
are skilled sewers who will become longterm
members of the team. " I think it's
super important to provide psychological
safety for new employees-to make people
feel like they are a part of the organization,
part of something bigger than
themselves, " Halladay says. " They need
to know that the organization has a place
for them in their future. "
Sigrid Tornquist is a writer and editor
in Minneapolis, Minn.
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Corinne Todd, a sewer with Signature CanvasMakers, utilizes skills that she acquired
during her apprentice training to fabricate enclosures and more complex projects.
Photo: Charlene Clark
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