Let Your Employees Flow

By |2024-04-12T09:09:19+00:00April 12th, 2024|

The Lean philosophy emphasis a number of factors related to effective and efficient working - one of which is ‘flow’.  Materials and information should flow through s process with no barriers or restrictions. What about there ‘flow; of people. ‘Flow ‘ is a term that has been applied to that state where workers are fully

Create Post-Pandemic Networking Opportunities

By |2024-04-04T09:43:34+00:00April 6th, 2024|

You should always keep your business life separate from your personal and social life.  True? On first reading, or first thought, it seems to make sense. However, think of all the times you have: Been bowling with the team Had a business lunch Held an after-hours birthday celebration Played golf with a business contact. Were these

Use Your Data Well

By |2024-03-30T10:29:35+00:00March 30th, 2024|

Modern manufacturing or service delivery systems produce lots of opportunities for collecting data which can be used to improve those systems.   Many firms have recognised this and have installed a system of key performance indicators (KPIs) which help tell them where things are going well, and, perhaps more importantly, where they are not. However all this data

Volunteers Wanted

By |2024-03-19T17:19:52+00:00March 23rd, 2024|

Volunteering generates a £4.6bn productivity boost to the UK economy each year, new research has found. A study by the think tank Pro Bono Economics, commissioned by the Royal Voluntary Service, estimates the UK benefits from annual productivity gains of more than £4,500 per volunteer working in professional and managerial occupations. The report, called A Pro

Don’t Turn Burnout into Bored-Out

By |2024-03-17T09:51:05+00:00March 23rd, 2024|

Many people seem to be suffering from burnout.  They feel the organisation asks too much of them, that they are never completely off-duty. An organisation might respond with consideration by reigning back on some of the pressures, some of the ‘asks’. The problem is that then the  employee think they are not achieving, not fully involved

Making Learning Productive

By |2024-03-16T11:54:13+00:00March 16th, 2024|

Todays’ students are happy to use technology as part of the learning process.   However, teachers and parents are worried about the distraction effect of technology when students go ‘off topic’ and start browsing and exploring subjects not relevant to their current study. Teachers do, however, understand the potential for technology to help create engaging

Big Isn’t Always Best

By |2024-03-05T16:11:40+00:00March 9th, 2024|

There is a universal truth that the private sector is always more efficient than the public sector - that the profit motive drives efficiency. Larger companies have the advantage of being able to negotiate e better prices with their suppliers and have the advantage of ‘economies of scale’ with their production and delivery processes However,

What is Non-Productive?

By |2024-02-29T19:26:19+00:00March 2nd, 2024|

A focus on productivity, and its development is a good thing - indeed, an essential thing for all organisations. However, there is a danger that we over-focus and forget about balance. There is a tendency to bifurcate all activity into being either productive or non-productive.  So, a worker operating his/her machine is (clearly) productive.  A worker taking

Going Backwards

By |2024-02-23T11:21:37+00:00February 24th, 2024|

The UK is technically in recession - it has had two consecutive quarters with negative growth. Worse, the economy has been at best stagnant for over two years and productivity has been falling. Our Prime Minister, when he got the job, gave 5 pledges, one of which was to grow the economy.  He failed in four

Small Can Be (More) Efficient

By |2024-02-14T10:08:45+00:00February 17th, 2024|

SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) have a number of problems reaching optimum productivity when comported to ‘the big boys’. It is harder for them to achieve the same economies of scale and hard for them to put the same pressure on their suppliers to contain costs.  They are less likely to employ consultants and advisers,

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