Asset Tracking for Small Businesses: Is It Time to Ditch the Spreadsheet?

Asset tracking is essential for big businesses. It helps minimize costs and prevent unnecessary losses through a streamlined management system. While some small businesses get by without asset tracking management systems, it is just as important for them to minimize costs and improve efficiency. If you’re running a small business and still using a spreadsheet to track your assets, it’s …

Behind the Numbers: Why You Should Collect Qualitative Safety Data

Takeaway:  Qualitative and quantitative data each play a different role in strengthening your safety program.   When most people think of data, they think of the quantitative stuff. All the things that are easy to count, measure, and sum up. But if that’s the only kind of information you’re collecting, you won’t be able to optimize your safety outcomes. Whether …

6 Benefits of Tracking Construction Assets Electronically

Takeaway:  Tracking assets is a useful process in all types of industry, but tracking construction assets is especially vital. How many times have you misplaced you phone or remote control and wished you had some kind of tracking device that could help you locate it right away? Now just imagine the same frustration, but amplified. Instead of missing the first …

6 Ways Data Collection Tools Can Help Improve Workplace Safety

Takeaway:  Data collection tools will help you to better organize what seems like endless paperwork. Between training, audits, and preventing incidents, it is easy to become overwhelmed with safety-related data. By inputting everything into a system, you not only will save time and energy, but you will be able to get a better picture of safety in your workplace.   …

Three Characteristics that Drive Effort and Success

Takeaway: Our work structure encourages or discourages engagement. We need simplicity and directness designed into all we do. This encourages engagement.   Businesses systems and work activities can become complex and cumbersome. Activities work better when tasks are structured around three basic characteristics: Simplicity Directness Engagement Let’s look at each one of these. Simplicity “Any intelligent fool can make things …

Short Interval Control (SIC): How to Stay On Task and On Time

Takeaway: Short Interval Control is a powerful structure for removing variation and staying on task and on time.   If you have any processes or activities where variation is an issue, Short Interval Control can help. Short Interval Control uses structured process checks in short intervals to maintain control and ensure quality. We often talk about averages in business. But customers …

Evaluate and Balance Workloads

Takeaway: When we learn to properly evaluate and balance workloads, we improve what we do and how we do it. We create a blueprint for success. Our businesses operate as a series of systems made of people, processes, and equipment. When we design these systems for efficiency and work balance, it creates work flow. We reduce bottlenecks.   Work Balance …

Why Reporting is the Foundation to Building a Strong Safety Culture

Takeaway:  We are performance driven. Progress motivates us. When we can’t see it, we lose motivation. Therefore, scoreboards are necessary at sporting events. Remove the scoreboard, and you no longer have a game, you only have practice. Safety is no different.   We need to set safety goals and have knowledge of how we are doing regarding them. Once safety …

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Takeaway: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a process that maximizes the productivity of equipment for its entire life cycle and will extend the life of the equipment.   Evolution of Maintenance How we approach equipment maintenance has evolved. TPM provides a framework for extending the life of equipment and improving reliability. It does this through the participation of all employees …