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 …

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 …

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Takeaway: Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a popular metric which can be used to measure how well companies use equipment. OEE is used to drive up performance and reduce equipment-related issues. Maximizing equipment use is important to many businesses. We deal with limited resources. It is important to know equipment is in good condition and reliable. OEE was developed for …

Driving Excellence: Management Control and Reporting System (MCRS)

Takeaway – Management Control and Reporting Systems (MCRS) reveals how businesses need to take great care in designing information gathering and reporting. Information is to our businesses what oxygen is to our blood. Company health is determined by it.   Imagine the environment of a hospital intensive care unit. The patients in ICU are monitored closely: blood pressure, heart rate, …