Spring is here, and that means everyone is concerned with shaping up a little bit after a winter of Netflix and a few too many treats…Well today, Profession Concession is offering a little fitness advice that doesn’t require you to eat a salad or go for a jog (though you should totally do that too). Instead, we’re here with a series on how to get your business in shape with some methods to improve efficiency, cut waste and meet your goals. Your bottom line will thank us.
SVAM was fortunate to have recently co-hosted a training event with Johnston Memorial Hospital, where Mountain States Health Alliance employees shared their experience with A3 thinking and lean methodologies. This training provided attendees with an in-depth look into what it really means for a company to “get lean”. Spoiler alert: No one has to lose their job! We thought our readers might like to learn some of the highlights from the training, so here’s your introduction, we could call it Lean 101, Part One of our Get Lean series. In part one, we talk about the cold hard truth. You probably have some waste in your business. Waste can be challenging to pinpoint at its source, and easy to ignore because making a change requires upsetting the status quo. But alas, business isn’t for the faint of heart, and to succeed, we must be willing to adapt and grow. We’ve taken the 8 major sources of waste from the MSHA training, and expanded upon each to help you identify the problem so that you can begin making the needed changes for your company.
How you’re wasting: Identifying your efficiency issues is the first step in making changes.
–Transport: Is getting an item or people from one place to another causing delays and backup at your company? Time to think about your transportation system!
–Inventory-Too much? Not enough? Striking the balance is critical for your bottom line.
–Motion-Are people in your company taking too many unneccessary steps in a day? This might seem minor, but consider this…If every person in your 100 employee organization is taking 1,000 extra steps per day (this is about .5 mile, or 10 minutes a day) 10*100=1000 minutes / 60 is over 16 hours per day , more than 116 per week, or 5840 hours per year…yeah, that’s a lot of lost time. And as we all know, time=money.
–(P)eople-Now this doesn’t mean you should fire all of your employees. Efficiently allocated labor is the absolute driving force of a company’s success! The point is, where are your employees not meeting their full potential? A lot of times, this has nothing to do with the quality of your workforce-most people want a fulfilling and busy job that they can feel good about accomplishing at the end of the day. It often boils down to this, confusion about responsibilities, inefficient systems and miss-assigning of duties based on employee strengths and weaknesses.
–Waiting-Is anyone in your company ever sitting or standing around waiting for someone else to finish their work so that they can do their own duties? This leads to a waste spiral! Really, waiting can increase every waste factor on this list!
–Over production-Too much stuff made.
–Over processing-Too much stuff being done.
–Defects-To ere is human, but too many mistakes or defects can wreak havoc on productivity.
Now that we’ve spread a bunch of doom an gloom on you, and you’re thinking “wowza, I see a lot of these wastes in my company”, don’t get too down and out. The whole point of this series is to improve, not discourage. Stay tuned for Part Two for more information on the changes you can make to minimize waste and send your productivity soaring. Until then, take a good look at your operations and try to identify your problem areas.