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Supervisors Guide to Productivity Improvement



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Productivity Improvement


Searching for causes of poor space utilization

Some common causes of excessive cost relating to poor utilization and planning of space at work are given below. Each cause is fertile ground for improving productivity. Apply the job knowledge and experiences of your team members, together with this checklist to reveal problem areas and work up a ideas for each highlighted problem. Build this checklist into your team building activities to make an improvement to productivity, and therefore job security, in your organization.

TIP: Measure the before and after effect wherever possible. That is, you should attempt to quantify each cause of waste you attack, in terms of money, time and material. This way you can objectively assess the difference you have made.

Causes of poor space utilization

  • Improper stacking and storage of materials
  • Not enough attention to routing of materials through processes
  • Wrong placement of machines and other permanent equipment
  • Allowing employees to leave portable tools, ladders, etc., in the way of other employees
  • Failure to keep passage ways clear
  • Keeping materials which should be scrapped
  • Lockers, oil tanks, stock supplies, etc., in inconvenient places
  • Letting unused machinery and equipment take up valuable space
  • Leaving needed space unused for want of needed repairs to roof floor, etc.
  • Allowing dark spots in plant and office; ineffective lighting
  • Failure to maintain order and good housekeeping
  • Keeping unnecessary materials at the workplace