We all know a software workaround when we see one. But do we truly understand their significance to a company’s productivity and finances? According to one survey, their impact can run in the tens of millions of dollars. Like many constant irritations, workarounds are something we get used to – and become blind to how destructive they really are.
Ask any factory manager his or her thoughts on the most important tech advancement of the last two decades, and you’re likely to get a similar answer: data capture. Moving processes away from error-prone pencil-and-paper recordkeeping immediately increases shop floor visibility and efficiency. Managers no longer need to manually track machine and labor productivity; they can interpret the information and adjust processes based on their findings.
According to Gallup's 2017 State of the American Workplace, only 25 percent of U.S. manufacturing employees are engaged, meaning they are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and employers. An equal percentage are actively disengaged. These disengaged employees negatively impact their coworkers and cost employers anywhere from $483 billion to $605 billion each year in lost productivity.
GS1 Standards: A Better Trail of Breadcrumbs for Supply Chain Management
By Jack Payne, VP, Product Management & Solutions Consulting
Those who remember the tale of Hansel and Gretel probably recall that they left a trail of breadcrumbs through the woods to help them find their way home. But do you remember what happened to those breadcrumbs? That’s right: Birds ate them and the brother and sister ended up lost.