Saturday, 28 February 2015

If productivity is low, its your fault!

In small businesses low productivity is rarely the fault of the workers - it is because the owner/manager has not set up production processes properly -or has failed to manage them effectively.

Too many owner/managers want to micro-manage ... they see their job as 'keeping on top of things'.

It is - of course... but they must set up systems of production - and then measure the performance (of the system, not the people) - so that they know whether it is  effective - and improving.  This should not need hourly - or even daily intervention, especially if you have a good production supervisor.  Give them responsibility, authority - and if necessary, training ... and let them 'keep on top of things'.  Check with them weekly, or ask them for a regular report (brief and quantitative).

Make the system work - than you don't have to.

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