The symptoms of low productivity

Have you seen any of these in your organisation?

  • double handling
  • congestion
  • idle equipment
  • people waiting for work
  • people away from their workplace
  • high inventory
  • re-working

These are a few tell tale signs that there are productivity issues.
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What are you being challenged by?

  • costs exceeding budget
  • falling customer service
  • missed deadlines
  • shortfall in targets
  • quality

These are all symptoms of low or poor productivity.
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What’s at the heart of your productivity issue?

If you examine the root cause of any productivity issue, artificial the chances are you’ll find at least one of three factors at the heart. Cost, Capacity, Response. Resolving them gives you real opportunities to improve productivity.

COST- Typical issues

  •  Market pressures compel you to reduce costs
  • Budgeted costs are being exceeded
  • The business needs a better margin to be more profitable
  • Lower costs could give you a competitive advantage
  • Compare the costs of a change to equipment or a process
  • Investigate the consequences of a batch size reduction

Does this sound familiar?

  •  “Can we call off goods every week,  instead of every month, with no  impact on cost?
  •  “Compare costs across our different  group sites – and what about  response time?”

If any of these issues are in your business, you should consider making changes. Every business will get benefits from improved costs. Here’s a step by step guide to improving productivity.

CAPACITY – Typical issues

  • Customer asks for more – can you  produce them?
  •  Customer wants same volume but  smaller batches of more products
  • How many people do you need, now that  we’ve identified these changes?
  • Identify the capacity of a machine or  process, a warehouse or site
  • Establish the capacity to handle  new customers
  • Determine what space capacity you have  to introduce new products and people

  • Capacities have to be determined at a  variety of levels: strategic, site,  operational, departmental, area, at an  individual person or equipment level.

If any of these issues are in your business, you should consider making changes. Every business will get benefits from improved capacities. Here’s a step by step guide to improving productivity.

RESPONSE – Typical issues

  • Have you the right information to meet project or delivery deadlines?
  • What’s your response time with quotes or tenders?
  • Customer wants to improve your delivery response time an ongoing basis – can you do it?
  • What’s the impact of changing a specification to bring a new product or service to market?
  • Are you confident in delivering on time, in full, at correct specification and quality?
  • Reduce queuing at the checkout, in a call centre or in vehicle turnaround at a DC.

  • Response isn’t just about time but how well you react to order quantities, commercial terms, supplier issues. Response involves improving the whole cycle of quote, design, process, deliver.

If any of these issues are in your business, you should consider making changes. Every business will get benefits from improved response. Here’s a step by step guide to improving productivity.

Productivity Pointer

Improved productivity is a consequence of good organisation and management – more so than just an individual trying to work harder.

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How to get productivity back on track –
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What to do next

If you need to improve capacity or reduce costs, or you need accurate data to determine how best to cope with change, we can provide the right way forward – cost-effectively. Remember that improving productivity is about making the better use of all your resources and vitally, making much better use of the critical ones.

Whichever business sector you operate in, the chances are we’ve helped people to address their productivity issues and improve the way they operate.

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