Consulting – Productivity Improvement

I highly recommend Mary Colak to anyone interested in improving their efficiency and productivity skills in both their workplace and personal lives.

When an organization experiences more ‘reactive’ than ‘proactive’ problem solving situations, it’s a strong indicator that productivity improvement is required. We help our clients improve their productivity by eliminating redundancies in workflow, systems and processes, and showing clients how to implement and use best practice methods in all they do so that they are able to work more proactively.

It is no secret that wasting time and materials can contribute to increased stress and costs in an organization. The way to eliminate waste and maximize workflow is to streamline processes of value that lead to improved quality of products and services. By eliminating waste and doing only what is needed, clients can return to doing the work for which they were hired instead of wasting time on tasks that add no value to either the organization or the customer.

By adopting a quality and productivity improvement mindset (that I like to call the “OHIO” mindset – only handle it once), we enable organizations to do only what is needed and do it right the first time. We start by helping our clients answer three basic questions (the 3P’s – purpose, process and people):

  1. Purpose – What customer problems will the organization solve by improving its productivity?
  2. Process – How will the organization evaluate each major value stream (process) to make sure that each step is valuable, capable, available, adequate, flexible, and that all the steps are linked by flow, pull, and leveling?
  3. People – How can the organization ensure that every value stream has someone responsible for its continual improvement?

Once productivity improvement initiatives are underway, we implement solutions to help sustain change in mindsets that contribute to an overall change in the organization’s culture. The goal is to adopt a mindset that focuses on elimination of waste in all processes, ultimately saving time, money, and stress for all concerned.