Avoid ‘Double Work’

16 11 2011

I see it all the time. It happens within every company and it costs every company a ton of money. Everything you do costs money in one sense or another. If you are not making the same amount of money off that activity, you are, in a way losing money.

This morning I was inspired to write this blog after I woke up to the Waste Management truck picking up trash in my alley at 7am. About half an hour later, I heard the truck again, so I went to my back door and looked out. I saw the same truck coming back down the alley, picking up trash from the houses on side they previously didn’t pick up.

To paint this picture, my alley only big enough for one car to drive down at a time. No matter how the trash truck drives down the alley, the trashcans on either side of the alley are just as far from the truck.

I was amazed to see that the driver did a loop, went on to another street, then came back and picked the trash up from the other side of the alley.

This is a great example of ‘double work’! This may seem like a small task with an insignificant cost, but these things add up. There is no reason for double work like this.

Working to make your organization more efficient starts with the small things. Are there areas where adding a little task might mean that you don’t have to come back later and work on it?

It starts with observing these processes and trying out new ways of getting things done.







One response

17 06 2014
Quick Car Loans Alberta

Exciting! Continue the good work. 😀

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