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 …

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.   …

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 …

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 …

Good People Can’t Override a Bad System

On July 28th, 1935, the first prototype for the B 17 Flying Fortress bomber made its maiden flight. Boeing had won the contract from the U.S. Army Air Corps, beating out Douglas and Martin. They were to produce 200 bombers. The plane had exceeded all U.S.A.A.C. expectations. On its second flight, the crew had forgotten to remove the “Gust Locks.” …

What Constitutes High Quality Data and How Does It Improve Business?

The advent of digital technology has changed the way certain terms are used. This includes “High Quality Data,” which has been especially prevalent in recent years. Despite its frequent use, there’s a lot of misinformation about data. Terms like “data,” “information,” and “knowledge” are often used interchangeably so many people don’t realize they have different meanings. Data refers only to numbers, …

Are Electronic Signatures Valid and Safe for Business?

In a 2014 study done by the Association for Information and Image Management, 46% of over 400 respondents from varying industries and company sizes felt that removing paper from their companies would be the single biggest potential productivity improvement. The same study also found that business operations were still highly dependent on paper processes because of a perceived need for …

Benefits of Cloud Computing and Content Management

As companies expand, they often fall into the trap of operating in silos when it comes to document sharing, using a variety of different platforms such as Outlook, Dropbox, and PDF reports. We become so inundated with files from different platforms it’s hard to keep track of them all, and to retrieve them days or weeks after receiving them. To …