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Divide and Conquer With Your Workforce

When Henry Ford came out with the Model T, it wasn’t the car that was the big innovation. It was the method of building it. Specialization and assembly line methodology resulted in producing a car every 90 seconds.

Initially, it doesn’t seem you can apply Ford’s model to electrical work. But let’s look at two principles, specialization and division of labor.

Suppose you have a big wiring job with two crews of six running feeder and branch circuits, connecting transformers, and terminating in panels. You can’t roll the building down a conveyor line, so how does Ford’s production method come into play?

Try to keep your Master Electrician(s) and Journeyman Electrician(s) doing work only they are qualified for. If you have a small, specialized crew labeling wires and terminations (at a lower labor cost), you won’t pay electrician rates to have most of your skilled electricians stand around while two electricians do this work.

Instead, your electricians move on to the next wire pull and termination phase. Going behind them is your label crew (with the training and equipment to do the job right). Other tasks such as setting up lighting, cleaning up spilled lube, prepping the wire pulling apparatus, etc., don’t require the whole crew.

Typically, the whole crew waits while two or three people perform these tasks. Divide the workflow so another lower-paid crew does these things on a parallel path. The work gets done just as well, just faster and cheaper.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection