Work Simplification Process

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  • Be ready for staff to be suspicious, resentful and not want to follow through. Change is tough for many people. Especially if they think it might make their job go away.
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  • I like having to work through the steps with the staff. They are the ones that will be giving us the answers for improvement since they are the ones that do the job day after day.
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Work Simplification Process

  1. 2. Work Simplification Steps <ul><li>Develop the new method – make a flow process chart of the proposed method. (Asking the question “ why” leads to these possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>What = Eliminate </li></ul><ul><li>Where, When, Who = Combine or Change the following (Sequence, Place, Person) </li></ul><ul><li>How = Simplify </li></ul><ul><li>Principles of motion economy: Motions should be productive, should be rhythmic and smooth flowing, two or more tools should be combined when possible, tools and materials should be pre-positioned, workers should be comfortable, gravity should be used wherever possible (gravity fed bins) </li></ul>
  2. 3. Work Simplification Steps <ul><li>Apply the new method – consider the technical and the individual. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask will the new method work? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it save money? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it affect other sections? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the installation costs? (Quantity, quality, supplies, equipment, materials, records </li></ul><ul><li>The individual will resist change, resent criticism, resent and be suspicious of that which they don’t understand. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Work Simplification Steps <ul><li>To create a favorable reception: </li></ul><ul><li>Work out your proposal completely and thoroughly. Your boss will want clarity and see the advantages. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep everyone concerned and advised of what we are attempting to do. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange for a test or trial run so that the new method may be fully explained to the people who are to do the job. </li></ul><ul><li>Give credit to those responsible for recommending the better method or who helped with the development. </li></ul>

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