If your managers don't know how to increase production, you are missing profit making opportunities.
Below are 7 ways you could be losing valuable output.
1. Underutilized resources:
Companies may lose productivity to the inefficient use of resources. Machines may sit idle or they may be used for unprofitable work. Employees may spend time doing work that could be done more economically by someone else or in a different way. Bottlenecks may slow down a whole production line. Machines can be upgraded, refurbished or replaced. Floor space can be condensed opening the way for new operations. Jobs that can be done cheaper by a subcontractor should be outsourced.
2. Process Control:
Process Control entails monitoring, evaluation and modification of a process or a system of processes.
Monitoring tells the manager whether the process is working or not working. The process is working if the process produces the expected (or desired) results. When the process does not produce the expected (or desired) results, the smart manager evaluates and modifies the process.
3. Set goals
Workers work better when they have a goal. A worker, who produces 10 items without a goal, may be able to produce much more if he is challenged. So the smart manager will encourage each worker to increase his production by telling him what he should strive for each day.
Management by objective is a similar idea that applies to the overall company.
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4. Report distractions
Everybody suffers with distractions. These are interruptions that cause an employee to stop what he is doing and attend to some emergency or request. Distractions will have an adverse effect on productivity.
To begin fighting distractions the smart manager asks his employees to keep a log of any distraction or group of distractions that takes more than 15 minutes of the employees' time.
The manager evaluates the importance of the distractions and finds ways to reduce or eliminate them.
5. Minimize down time
Not every function in an operation takes the same amount of time. One process may run faster than another. This will cause one process to wait while the other process is finishing up. A manager can use the downtime to do something else.
Also, a part of down time is for setting up jobs. Minimize the the number of set ups or minimize the length of set ups to reduce this portion or down time. New machines with quick set up times can be a factor when buying equipment.
6. Improve Efficiency a tiny bit at a time.
If a manager understands his processes, he can often make them better (quicker, more efficient, more productive and more economical). So the manager should every so often look at each process and say "How can I make this better?"
He may acquire different resources, he may eliminate wasted steps, he may find cheaper resources, he may split the process into 2 processes, he may subcontract the work out, he may change settings (for example speed, temperature), he may try different tooling, he may try new raw material, he may reformulate, he may reprogram, etc.
7. Increase sales and productivity will soar.
Many companies run below capacity. In other words they have the resources to produce more goods but something prevents them. It could be bottlenecks or inefficiencies but more likely it will be low sales. Companies often find that their productivity soars when sales are booming. This is because underutilized resources are put back into play.
.... in a nutshell
from Jay Jacobus Consulting