- On October 19, 2016
- consult, human resources, mistake, production, supply chain, supply chain management
To be a consultant you should have knowledge and skills – the word “expert” here means that you have applied many successful practical solutions from which the companies had earned bigger profits in short or long term period. How may we identify whether the magic pill realy helps and what are its site effects? It would be very difficult to one consultant to evaluate the situation if he/she works on a project for a while or after completing the project, he/she does not check what the result is. Of course there are consultants who are like doctors in hospitals – they monitor the project and react on every signal from the organization. There are situations when the cosultant registers a mistake and wants to correct it but it is impossible because he has lost the client’s trust. In such situations, usually another consultant is hired who registeres the mistakes and proposes another healing plan. It is strange that in supply chain one and the same mistakes happen constantly and these mistakes are supported by the theory. But these mistakes in long term period are fatal for the companies. One of these mistakes has ruinous effect on employees and employers. This mistake is:
Limiting the movement of the production employees.
Everybody knows that movement in the warehouse is about 50% from all warehouse operations. And if this is somehow acceptable, the movement in the production area makes some consultants crazy. Based on different technics, described in the books, the consultants calculate how much money would the company save if the workers do not move and all materials are delivered to them by one warehouse worker. In theory this is correct, but the practice is different.
Try to sit in one pose for 4 hours with one 10-15 minutes break. This break is at the same time for all employees, e.g. it is enough just to go to the toilet. At lunch time you have about 30 minutes break and then another 4 sitting hours with 15 minutes break. Apart from that you are not allowed to stand up until you work. How much time would you keep this rhythm? – one, two, three months? Let’s assume that you have reached higher effectiveness, you are happy, the consultant is happy, just the workers are not happy but they do not have a choise.
What happens next – after 5-6 months? The result is a complete amortization of the worker’s body. The human body is not designed to sit the whole day, it needs to move in order to be healthy and efficient. By applying a pithless mathematical method, we doom the workers and the company to future crash. And the future crash will come when the people from the region would not be able or would not want to work in the firm. Apart from that, the firm will be forced to pay illness leaves and labor compensations. If the mucles in the human body do not receive “tasks to move”, they languish, atrophy. Many deseases started from here are difficult to be healed and prevent the employee to work for months. And once getting out from the benumbed trap, who would come back to the company and continue destroying his health?
There is no need to apply wild capitalism in order to achieve effectiveness. It is enough to establish normal labor conditions so that people want and can work. No normal person wants to be ill – then why should we make them sick forcibly? The consultant has just to think and find a solution which builds prosperity for the company in long term too. This is achievable only if the consultant has a lot of experience, rich culture and sense to people.