Taking up the role as production manager in a garment factory is no easy task. We first noticed Ms. Lian- pacing the factory floors, talking to team leaders and guiding younger aged workers how to operate the machines. She exudes strength, patience, and kindness of an elder sister who works hard and guides the ones around her. She was gracious enough to take a few minutes to chat with us.
Ms. Lian, could you tell us more about yourself?
My name is Lian Jing Hui, but everyone addresses me as Ms. Lian in the factory. My hometown is in Shantou - the eastern coast of Guangdong province which is approximately 350 kilometers away from the factory.
I’m in charge of the mass production department in the factory and have been working here for more than 15 years. Before being promoted to production manager, I was working as a production team leader for approximately 8 years.
Could you share with us a little more about your role and responsibility in the company?
As production manager in the factory, my main responsibility is to review and dedicate job orders to respective departments to ensure a smooth and timely workflow throughout the entire production process- from textile cutting department to sewing department and finally to QC and final packing department.
That sounds like a challenging role. So, what time would you start your day?
I would start my day 6.30 am in the morning, have my breakfast and be in the factory by 8 am at the latest. I prefer to be at work at least 30 minutes in advance to review and delegate the day’s work before the rest of the team starts their day.
What time do you knock off and what would you do after work?
On most days, I would knock off at either 8 pm or 9 pm - not because the company requires me to do so, but personally I prefer to be present in the factory at all times and to be able to attend to any issues that arise so we may try to solve them as soon as possible.
After work, I would just return back to the company hostel to rest and prepare for next day's work.
What about your family? How often do you see them?
My family is staying in a nearby city known as Yunfu, which takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours by public transport. Every Saturday morning, I would take public transport to go home and spend the weekend with my family and return to the company hostel on Sunday evening.
What are your aspirations in the coming years?
As you may have known, there is a shortage of better-skilled workers throughout the industry not just in China but worldwide. I hope that the team would continue to work hard, to learn and continuously upgrade themselves- while the top management continues to hire more skilled workers to strengthen the workforce as the company grows.
Any personal aspirations?
Personally, in the coming years, I hope to be able to perform better, to help motivate the team, upgrade their skills and eventually the quality of our products to the next level.
Vincent: “You are still discussing work. Any personal ones?”
I can’t think of any! (laughs...) It’s mostly work at the moment.