How to Analyze and Improve Business Processes

An overall audit or examination of your business’s current processes, especially if your company is involved in manufacturing, has the ability to significantly cut down on waste with the result of drastically improving workplace efficiency. When it concerns how to improve manufacturing processes throughout your business, you’ll want to consider the following:

Outline the entire manufacturing process

One of the first things you’ll want to do is outline the entire production process itself — all the way from the workers needed to attend to the production line, to the machines themselves. What technology needs to be updated? Exactly what parts of the manufacturing process are slowing you down? Exactly whom do you have scheduled, and are there enough workers with the right skillsets assigned to handle each unique part of the process? Perhaps you need to provide more training or change things up.

Analyze the costs closely & share the data

The evidence that you’re becoming more efficient in the manufacturing process can be seen in your financials. Gather the data, closely track it, and share it among your workforce — most especially with your project managers. Familiarizing them with the costs will empower them to cut down on all things wasteful they experience day-to-day.

Prepare for issues that could halt production

Machines break, so be prepared for this and any other kind of issues that could cause the entire manufacturing process to go awry. Devise backup plans and review how to fix issues before actual problems occur.

Embrace automation

The little things add up, whether it’s using an outdated program that makes entering data an arduous task or a machine that requires manual control. The goal here is to automate more things about the workflow process so that your employees have more time to be productive in other areas that deserve attention. In effect, labor costs can be reduced and you can increase on-the-job safety.

Take advantage of scalable workforces

Having the ability to scale your workforce up during peak production periods, then scale down when you’re not as busy allows you to cut out unnecessary downtime and push harder when it matters most. For increased scalability, consider utilizing a managed workforce.

Tracking business processes can also help in another area: Making your current employees more efficient and thus, happier. Read our other post, How to Improve Employee Morale in the Workplace

Labor Dispute Preparation 101: How Temporary Staffing Can Help

Labor disruptions can occur for any number of reasons ranging from strikes to natural disasters. No matter what the cause, these disruptions have the potential to negatively impact your business. Because of the unpredictability of these events, it’s important that you have a plan in place that sufficiently addresses anything that could threaten your business’s operational efficiency.

By taking the advantages of utilizing a temporary workforce into consideration, you can properly prepare in a way that emphasizes continuity amid adversity. Below are the benefits of temporary staffing agencies and how you can utilize these workforces to your advantage:

Temporary workforces are mobile
Strom Engineering has the ability to deploy a temporary workforce on a rapid basis. Unlike traditional staffing companies, they can handle many of the logistics as well, whether it’s housing, transportation, or anything in-between.

Temporary workforces offer flexibility
Since they are not restricted by ‘Union work rules’ a temporary workforce offers the flexibility a permanent workforce can lack. Also once your labor dispute is resolved, the temporary workforce can be disbanded. This allows you to return to normal operations without repercussions.

Temporary workforces are pre-trained
At Strom, we maintain a large database of employees, all with relevant project experience. Upon working with Strom, we can identify the right employees that can meet your business’s unique manufacturing and operational demands.

Temporary workforces assist with continuity
The deployment of temporary workforces emphasizes continuity of business operations. When it comes to how to prepare for a strike, you can demonstrate to a union that your business is still meeting its obligations by adding a temporary work force and deploying it. This can allow you to achieve leverage during the negotiation process.

Temporary workforces can be cost effective
When managed correctly, temporary workforces can save you both time and money by working outside of the restrictions of ‘union work rules.’ This additional flexibility in the workforce often times allows clients to reduce their overall workforce size required to operate. With fewer slowdowns, increased production, and reduced labor hours per unit, Strom allows you to remain profitable.

For more information regarding how a temporary workforce can assist you ahead of a labor disruption, contact the experts at Strom Engineering today. To learn about how temporary workforces can help your business, as compared to permanent employees, read our post, Permanent VS Temporary Replacements