Productivity is often linked with “time and motion”. The evidence of time and motion studies was used to put pressure on workers to perform faster. Not surprisingly these studies had a bad press as far as workers were concerned.
Similarly the image of “time and motion” doesn’t sit well with us as productivity specialists. The real responsibility for productivity or performance improvement should be largely in the hands of those organising the work rather than the individual worker.
Productivity is about the effective and efficient use of all resources. To manage the resources of a business it is essential that you
Because it’s the method that determines the time needed for any activity, the whole emphasis has changed over the years. The 21st century equivalent of the time and motion study is more literally a method and time study. This is a more far-reaching philosophy and approach to managing a business.
When everyone is focussed on better and leaner processes the methods improve, time is reduced and more value is added. This - with continuous improvement - means activities become more streamlined and Lean.
|Lean means that anything wasteful is shown the bin! (movement, time, materials, space)|
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