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Review Utility Costs Frequently

The National Living Wage is Live – Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact With energy prices rising every year, we probably do this in our own homes annually, and there is no reason why the same principle shouldn’t apply in your business.  There are a number of brokers in the market who, at no […]

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Maximize Raw Material

The National Living Wage is Live – Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact This should be an easy win, but its amazing how many companies still don’t monitor and look at cost effective ways of optimising their raw materials.  When in it’s infancy, with relatively few people to train and organize, it’s easy for […]

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Shrewd Stock Control

The National Living Wage is Live – Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact Fundamental to keeping your cashflow positive, gaining better purchasing power with your suppliers, and optimizing the stock usage to your advantage, is to ensure you have an accurate stock control system.  This can be as simple or as extensive as you […]

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Reduce Administration

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact When asked “What things outside of your control, get in the way of your productivity?” managers cite paperwork high on the list.  Some studies have shown that administrative tasks can take up as much as 25% of a manager’s working week.  It seems the higher up the organization […]

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Reduce Duplication

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact Duplication occurs when a workflow or process has evolved over time, possibly between different departments of the business with no one controlling how it evolves.  It can also occur when staff are not trained adequately or don’t understand the work they have to do sufficiently, that they create […]

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Todays the Day - It may be April Fool's But The National Living Wage is No Joke
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Todays the Day – It may be April Fool’s But The National Living Wage is No Joke

Work Layout Whilst mapping out the workflow as suggested in point 13, even in administration areas, the physical layout of the work area is paramount to achieving greater efficiencies.  Although technology now requires less paper to be pushed between desks, the physical flow of work should still be taken into consideration in the work area […]

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Balancing Capacity

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact There is nothing more frustrating and demotivating than seeing your work colleague only doing half the amount of work you’ve been given.  This happens when managers don’t know the work well enough themselves to be able to delegate it fairly and evenly amongst a team.  Mismatched work capacities […]

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Minimize Meetings

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact Meetings are essential as part of a functional management control system –  but unless they’re managed properly, can be unproductive and a waste of time.  For those who still remember John Cleese, his video arts company created a memorable video “Meetings Bloody Meetings” which captured beautifully the essence […]

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Control Overtime

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact Poor planning often results in high levels of overtime. The use of overtime, whilst occasionally inevitable, is normally indicative of a number of possible weaknesses in the business such as: Procrastination on the part of the employee Poor supervision Poor planning Unforeseen emergencies – caused by all 3 […]

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Improve Planning

Your Daily Tip to Minimize the Impact This is one of the fundamental elements of a good system in any business.  Planning has to be focused on the short-term objective (today, this week, this month) and time spent in preparing a meaningful plan. In a manufacturing environment this is a much easier task to focus […]

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