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Soft Skills Training for Line Managers

S.T.I.T.C.H. (Supervisors' Transformation Into Change Holders) is a soft-skills training for line supervisors on factory floors. It addresses issues of abuse and harassment and team productivity to improve workplace outcomes and the general work environment.

  • The content of the training was drawn from an extensive survey of the managerial practices at Shahi.
  • Using econometric methods, we identified aspects of managerial quality which are the most important determinants of productivity.
  • The experiment covers 2002 supervisors - 1039 receiving the treatment and 963 part of the control group, receiving the treatment in the second phase.

Impacts of Tackling Anemia Among Female Garment Workers

Young female garment workers (FGWs), especially migrants often have low hemoglobin levels, resulting in persistent weakness and fatigue, affecting their overall physical and mental wellbeing. How do we improve adherence and take-up of iron tablets amongst anemic women?

  • 43,000 FGWs across all Shahi factories in South will be tested for anemia.
  • The appropriate dosage of iron supplementation tablets will be administered to the anemic women for a period of 3-6 months.
  • The method of iron tablet administration will be varied across randomly chosen groups to understand factors that drive adherence and take-up.

Determinants of Managerial Quality

What combination of skills and traits make for a good manager, specifically in a manufacturing setting in a developing country? We matched two years’ data on daily, line-level production from 6 garment factories to find out how various managerial traits of a supervisor affect worker productivity.

  • Traits studied were - tenure, cognitive skills, autonomy, personality, control, attention, and relatability to workers.
  • The tenure and cognitive skills of a supervisor are key drivers of a worker's productivity.
  • Traits which are not easily observable, like relatability to workers seem to be undervalued in pay overall.

Impacts of Improving the Management of Hostels for Migrant Workers

Indian garment companies often hire rural women, and their relocation from villages to cities is a significant transition for the workers and the company.

  • Through randomized controlled trial covering 7,500+ residents in 80 hostels, we studied how housing quality affects the subjective well-being and workplace outcomes of migrant garment workers.
  • There were objective improvements in safety, cleanliness, and congestion, and reduction in subjective well being and mental health of those workers whose expectations regarding the hostel takeover were set high before the takeover.