When things go wrong in your warehouse, are you solving the problem or just the symptom? Often times the actual source of the problem is overlooked, and any solution you implement is like putting a Band-Aid on it. This obviously enables the issue to not only recur, but also get bigger. Can you afford to lose productivity for the same problem over and over?
Solving the real problem is essential when things go wrong, but ideally you want to identify potential issues before they become actual problems. The question is: how do you know where to look for the kinks in the system before they make your life difficult?
The easiest way to begin identifying faulty pieces of the puzzle is to create a checklist. These items are often overlooked in problem solving, yet frequently point to the cause of mistakes and mishaps.
Cleanliness and organization – A poorly organized work area and/or process can be both a symptom of a bigger issue and its own source or problems down the line. If this is a concern, find out why these things aren’t getting done. See our article on 5S.
Equipment damage – Are there fixes that need to be made that are being ignored? If so, is faulty equipment still being used, or are employees using other measures to accomplish work? Both are dangerous solutions.
Injuries and productivity – How are your employees holding up to manual tasks? Remember that injuries aren’t always severe enough to notice right away; they may just slow down a worker until it becomes a major issue. Check in with employees to see how they are feeling at the beginning and end of the workday. Also ask if there are any tasks that cause pain or fatigue. Workplace injuries are extremely common and one of the most costly issues an employer can face.
Morale – You should always be checking in on employee morale. Low morale can point you towards inefficient processes, poor management, broken machines, and everything on this checklist. Fix what is causing low morale, and you will avoid a lot of major problems later.
If injury, productivity, and/or equipment are problems in your warehouse, consider some solutions that have far-reaching effects. For example, using an industrial tug, or cart pusher, to replace pushing/pulling tasks and some forklift work is beneficial in a number of ways. They are far safer to use than forklifts, and they prevent injury from pushing and pulling. They’re capable of safely and easily overcoming enough “Draw-bar Pull” to turn one worker into a super-human productivity machine. They are easy to use, safe, and compact. They require little maintenance and are battery operated. Find out how you can prevent warehouse problems with a power tug – talk to the industry experts at Load Mover, Inc.: 952-767-1720; firstname.lastname@example.org.