How many of you have been leaning with it and rocking with it? I expect all of you to be raising your hands. If you have absolutely no clue what I’m writing about, refer to my previous post.
Just what does “third time’s a charm mean?” It is the belief that the third time something is attempted is more likely to succeed than the previous two attempts. Voila! This being my third blog, you should have high expectations of it being a real charmer, knock your socks off, isn’t this a dandy kind of blog.
Hold on and get ready for me to lay on the charm. (For those of you who know me, just humor me and keep reading.)
I last left off with talking about waste. The trash you have in your work processes – the waste that, often, no one wants to take out, so it in essence lays around stinkin’ up the place. You have a few of those don’t you?
As promised, today, we will discuss MOTION and INCORRECT USE OF STAFF.
Let me pause for a moment and say, it’s been a pure joy for me to get to write this blog to all of you lovely people who have so selflessly put your lives on hold to read what I write. Thank you! Charming of me to say I know, but so very true!
Now, on to the crust of the cherry pie.
Allow me to illustrate:
This picture is a bit concerning on many levels, but, what I want you to get out of it is, the MOTION it takes to get the critical supplies in order to complete the process. How often do you find yourself in unnecessary MOTION? Whether it be due to ineffective office layout, ineffective business processes that have you trekking all over campus in the rain on a perfectly sunny day, all to find out the person you needed to sign this that or another had been moved to the same building as you. The last bit might be a stretch, but at least on some level, I’m sure you can relate.
How does one eliminate MOTION waste?
- Simply by recognizing the everyday motion throughout your day will help you determine if you are in motion TOO much. How often do you go to the printer to pick up a piece of paper, only to print out something again and get up 2 seconds later? What about going to a building for a meeting and then getting back to your desk to realize that you need to go BACK to said building to drop off paperwork?
- Once the extra motion waste is recognizable, find ways to reduce it. Move tools closer to you in order to eliminate several trips, combine walks across campus to take care of several “to-do’s”. Remember to take your cell phone IN to work rather than left in your car. The last one I may or may not do, just to get in some extra steps.
- Not sure how to reduce extra, useless motion in your day? Give me a call, give it a shot. Two brains are better than one!
This is good stuff folks! Want more?
Let’s switch gears and talk about INCORRECT USE OF STAFF
“Putting people first has always been America’s secret weapon. It’s the way we’ve kept the spirit of our revolutions alive — a spirit that drives us to dream and dare, and take great risks for a greater good.” – Ronald Reagan
Would you agree with this statement? You may forget that you’re human at times in a world of constant automation, but truth is, the world and our company would be SERIOUSLY hurting and struggling without YOU. If we don’t have humans doing their job to their fullest potential, it’s easy to see increasing waste, which increases cost, decreases productivity and negatively affects our end product – OUR STUDENTS! Let’s be honest, they’re the reason we’re all here right?
Not quite buying my charm yet? Time for a video!
Copy Machine (<—- Click here)
Something tells me that Richard isn’t being used effectively even though he has a huge amount of creativity. Sandarino….
Are you sitting around thinking of creative ways to improve your job, but not speaking up? Do you often want to try something new in your position or around campus, but are too scared to try?
Let’s work on that, here’s a few ways:
- First, speak up! If you feel you need more of a challenge, a different aspect to your job, tell someone (preferably your boss). They won’t know if you don’t speak it. If you aren’t given much extra freedom, then…
- Look for areas on campus where you can volunteer, join/start a committee, take a class (may I suggest the Learning Center?), etc., etc., etc.
- And lastly, remember the value of YOU. YOU have amazing, unique abilities – USE them for a better you and a better UCO.
Alright, folks, we are halfway through examining WASTE. Thank you for sticking with me! Do you feel smarter and better equipped to identify WASTE? What questions do you have? I’d love to hear your feedback.
Next blog, we’ll take a break from waste and talk about ACCOUNTABILITY….get ready for some finger pointin’, blamin’ it on the rain, good ol’ fashion fun!
Until next time, it’s her fault if you weren’t charmed by this blog.