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Camcraft

Story

How do you meld the messy lives of real people with the exacting precision of highly-automated manufacturing?

Camcraft is a family-owned, precision-manufacturing company in Chicago with a mission “to glorify God.” They have learned to thrive in a competitive market by using automation to grow the company AND enlarge and improve people’s jobs.  Their commitment to people is reinforced by involving them in decision-making and their holistic approach to supporting employees’ lives.

Guided Reflection

Reflecting on the Story

  • How does Camcraft’s explicit mission “to glorify God” strike you? What are the pros/cons of such an explicitly faith-based mission?
  • What did you think of how Camcraft balances the needs of people with the use of automation in their factory?

Connecting to your Work

  • How would you feel about hiring a chaplain at your company?  Why?  How do you think your co-workers would feel about it?
  • Have you ever worked for a company that practices Open-Book Management? If so, what was it like?  If not, how would you react if your company started sharing operational and financial information with all employees?
  • Share an example of effective employee-participation and describe how that impacted people’s motivation and engagement.  Or, conversely, share an example of employee participation gone awry.

Personal Application

  • What are the implicit assumptions about people that shape how you and/or your company deals with job-design, automation and/or transparency?

Dear God, You love every person as your child. Help me to demonstrate the same care for the people I work with.  I want to see them as more than just their job. Give me the grace to make the time, to listen well, and to support them as they need.  Help me to trust them. May we learn to work and thrive together.  Amen.