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[ FEATURE ]

BE AN EFFICIENCY

Nine steps every
business can take, from
organizing more to
doing less.

by Laurie F. Junker

o business owner
wants to waste
time and money,
have frustrated
employees, and risk customer
relationships with mistakes
and delays. But the truth is
that all of these things happen
when businesses operate less
efficiently than they could be.

Sometimes this happens by
default-for example, when managers
and employees fail to actively look
for better ways of doing things.
Inefficiencies also result from a lack
of follow-through, when areas for
improvement are identified, but no one
engages in the work necessary to make
new ways of doing things a part of the
daily routine. Some steps toward better
efficiency require precious time and
resources up front, while benefits aren't
realized immediately.
This is especially true for industries
in which products are manufactured
to order, every project is unique and
processes are honed over years of
trial and error. Unlike a factory that
perfects the efficient repetition of tasks
to produce a single product thousands
of times, custom manufacturing brings
a unique set of challenges to shop
efficiencies. But there are actions that
companies in the specialty fabrics
industry can take to improve workflow,
quality, profitability, customer care and
employee satisfaction. Here are nine
steps to consider.

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