Increasing Productivity by Eliminating Rework

Increasing Productivity by Eliminating ReworkSome firms try to save money by going cheap on training, equipment, and job planning. But they lose far more money in the form of incurring costs of preventable rework.

The cost of reworking a job isn’t just twice the original job cost. You may also have removal costs, expediting costs, increased waste disposal costs, loss of income-producing work by allocating resources to rework, and repairing other finished work (e.g., drywall).

You may need to pay overtime, too. This may not delight workers who had made other plans and who hate having to do work over as if their time and workmanship are not important.

On some projects, additional costs include scrambling to find an available crane, generator, lights, lifts, and other leased equipment that’s already spoken for.

If you’re a contractor, you also have a customer who is unhappy and inconvenienced. That generally doesn’t translate into great referrals and repeat business.

It’s ironic that a tendency during rework situations is to take shortcuts to make up for the scheduling issues. Taking shortcuts is the normal cause of rework in the first place. Taking them when doing rework often means more problems to fix in rework.

To save money:

  1. Invest in training. Properly trained people are more likely to do work right the first time.
  2. Stay current with equipment. Observe how equipment’s used in the field; ask workers what they think. Replace or add as needed.
  3. Plan. Use industry-standard job planning tools.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection

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