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Good Work Habits

Good-Work-HabitsTwo people of similar technical ability may complete similar work in very different timeframes. Why is this? The one who completes work sooner practices good work habits, the “slower” one does not. These same two individuals have different error rates, too. Guess which one has the lower error rate?

Most companies do not have a systematic way of teaching good work habits to those who have not learned them. The deficiency is simply tolerated, and it’s usually not even recognized. Supervisors, foremen, and project managers will often exhort people to “try to speed things up a bit” when there’s time pressure. But instead of working smarter, people work faster. So they make more mistakes; these consume time to correct.

Do  you and your employees follow these good work habits?

  • Clean up as you go. This prevents all kinds of problems, from losing things to being confused by clutter. It’s also a safety issue.
  • Review the job before starting the work. For one thing, you’ll realize you need X, Y, and Z before starting and you can get them all at once rather than making trips back and forth to the gangbox, office, stockroom, or parts store.
  • Don’t “work over yourself.” Watch one of your “slower” people work, and you’ll notice he puts things in his own way and thus impedes his own work flow.

Organize your tools. Look at how your “get it done guys” organize their wrenches. They have them sorted by size, each one in a particular place. You could ask them to find a certain wrench while blindfolded, and they could do that quickly. This same degree of organization applies to all tools and materials they use. They never have to fish around

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection