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.   …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Scoreboards for Driving Effort

Key takeaway – Sports scoreboards are the benchmark for information sharing that drives behavior. Employers can improve performance by using a scoreboard as well. Tell employees what management is monitoring, and they will tell you what is important to the business. Information drives behavior. It must be timely, accurate and relevant. Performance data should be displayed in a way that commands …