Saturday, 26 November 2011

Don't feed the robots

Would you use robots to run the business? Well, perhaps in 30 or 40 years time ... but current generations are too limited and inflexible for more than routine physical tasks. Humans are much better at most things ... but of course they have their problems. They need food and drink, occasional breaks, a pat on the back and so on. But they will return much more than a robot. So don't treat them like robots - they are much too valuable. Take the time to learn what's under their outer casing ... and oil it occasionally!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

What stress?

Do your employees complain about stress? If not, think yourself lucky. Stress seems to have become endemic and epidemic. Whether or not work situations are generally and consistently stressful, employees are being taught that stress is something they should expect to suffer. So, it might be wise to practise some stress reduction techniques - even if you are not fully convinced that it is a real problem. So make sure your employees take their breaks. Make sure you are aware of what they perceive as problems - and do something about them. Make sure they all know what is expected of them, and where it fits into the wider scheme of things. Make sure they know they are valued. Either you will ease stress, avoid it ... or simply end up with more contented workers. what have you got to lose?

Saturday, 12 November 2011

What Wastes Your time?

Do you know what wastes your time? Nothing?  I doubt it.

So, you should know. If you don't, find out ... or simply think about it.

When you find out, eliminate those activities ... or minimise them ... or get someone else (who costs less) to do them.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

What costs?

Do you know where your major costs are?  Labour? Materials? Energy? Premises? Services?

Which one(s) should you be focusing on?  I hope you know! (... but it is amazing how many don't).