The message is clear and loud. Nothing must be heard except the sound of motorcycles being built and probably comments about the latest episode of a favorite TV reality show.
The memo, authored by John Dansby II, vice president for manufacturing reads: “As you are aware, it is imperative that we improve our safety and first-time quality performance. Too many distractions and potential hazards still exist in the workplace that impact our performance every day.” (photo @ harley-davidson)
“It’s a distraction,” said Maripat Blankenheim, director of external communications for Harley. “It’s really important for people – no matter what they do – to be focused on what they do.”
Music has always been a staple in manufacturing facilities. Many manufacturing companies authorize music while at the same time banning headphones for security reasons. Music is tolerated provided the volume is kept low enough so it doesn’t interfere with conversations or impede anyone from hearing a warning device or fire alarm.
The conflict about music is more often between employees regarding the type of music being played. No more conflict of this type – country music or rock n’ roll – at the Harley-Davidson York plant… What do you think?