In today’s competitive marketplace, your business needs every possible edge to get maximum profits. One key way to increase your profits is by enhancing your efficiency.
Consider this: if everything about the work completed in your shop is equal to that of a competitor, your ability to get the job done well and quickly is your edge over the competition.
This is where Inca Lifts can be exceptionally helpful to your company. Our hoists and lifts save time and increase efficiency in the workshops that use them.
What is Workplace Efficiency?
Workplace efficiency allows workers to be optimally productive while using the minimum number of resources, time, and effort. An efficient workplace typically leads to higher productivity, increased profits, higher worker satisfaction, greater camaraderie, enhanced quality, and loyal customers.
How Can I Improve Efficiency in My Shop?
There are a number of ways to build efficiency into your workday.
- Workplace Culture – An often overlooked component of the workplace, workplace culture is not created by employers, but you can encourage specific attitudes. Give all employees respect. Whether you are speaking with the custodial or the CFO, treat them as people you value. Consider teambuilding events or a suggestion box to allow employees to express themselves in non-traditional ways.
- Innovation – Upping efficiency with innovation does not always mean creating a new product or service. It can sometimes be taking a hard look at how things are and improving on it. Relying on your staff to help with this can enhance the workplace culture you are striving to achieve. Customers, suppliers, and others you contact consistently can also be a great source of ideas for innovation.
Examples of Efficiency Innovations
- Business process improvements (such as a lift or hoist) to help employees do more work in less time
- Waste minimisation
- Simplifying an existing process
Streamlining Workflow – It is easy to be caught up in the ‘way things have always been done’ mentality. This is why taking a step back to review how processes are working now is an important part of building efficiency. Take the time to create a benchmark using your businesses’ Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), so you can track changes in workflow.
A significant factor in streamlining workflow is to define and prioritise tasks carefully. This will ensure your shop’s efficiency. Keeping track of how many hours an employee spends on a specific type of project can also shed light on any potential bottlenecks that impede progress.
Effective Resource Allocation – Assuring that your company’s resources are used in the best way possible is vital for efficiency. In a workshop, this includes having necessary tools ready for your employees to use, ensuring equipment is easy to access, and any needed materials are available. Safe materials and equipment are essential facets of resource allocation, and regular safety checks must be carried out.
Embracing Technology – Working with the latest technology can upset some employees, but eventual change in all areas is unavoidable. The fact that modern technology can significantly enhance workshop efficiency is not changing.
Consider workshop life before computer technology. Handwritten invoices and estimates to keep track of were difficult to manage and took a great amount of time. Without an automatic inventory, you were at risk of running out of basic necessities for the shop. These are just a few examples.
When you look at lifts and hoists that come with true game-changing technology, it is easy to see why embracing these is vital. The ease of lifting and lowering the vehicles you are working on is amazing. You and your staff will never want to return to the old way of doing things.
Continuous Training and Skill Development – A significant issue seen in hundreds of businesses in a variety of industries is that sufficient training for proper use is often non-existent.
The problem with this scenario is easy to spot. Not only will the company not recoup the cost of new equipment used improperly and inefficiently, but it is also potentially dangerous to allow workers to operate hoists and lifts without enough training. Investing in continuous training and skill development for technicians contributes to increased workshop efficiency.
Regardless of the size of your workshop, if you work on heavy machinery, our lifts and hoists can save you and your employees time and effort in raising and lowering the equipment. Inca Lifts provides top-of-the-line equipment to increase your shop’s efficiency and safety. We offer training for your team, and we follow up to make sure you are satisfied with your new equipment.
If you want to learn more about our lifts and hoists, please contact Inca Lifts. Our staff is well-trained in customer support, service, and sales. You can be confident that you are speaking with a trained professional who can assist you in optimising your equipment use, maintaining your team’s safety, and minimising downtime.