Recently I was meeting with a team of union leaders and managers to discuss their shift schedules and our process for evaluating shift schedules and finding better alternatives. One of the things I often do during the introduction part of … Read the rest
There are many aspects to the concept of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Thinking. One of the fundamental goals of applying lean concepts is to eliminate waste in the process.
What can we do to minimize waste in shift schedules? In … Read the rest
In my last post, I talked about shift workers’ preferred shift, which is the day shift, and the implications of that preference on worker satisfaction levels. An obvious follow-on question to the preferred shift assignment is to understand shift workers’ least-preferred … Read the rest
We all know that shift work, and especially night shift, is difficult. For some folks, it can lead to disrupted sleep patterns and non-traditional social interactions with friends and family members. As a result, it is a common perception that, … Read the rest
Over the last 30 years, I have evaluated the operations of hundreds of manufacturing, processing, mining, and service organizations. Three things I have learned from that work:
- Companies know their business, but their knowledge is incomplete. They shoot targets, monitor