Engineered Labor Standards

Improving Warehouse Performance with Engineered Labor Standards

Engineered labor standards (ELS) allow you to effectively evaluate performance for your associates and supervisors against multivariable standards. These represent the level achievable by the average trained worker, working at a reasonable pace over the course of a day. By factoring in the variability that affects each task, having ELS in place removes the excuses that can result when expectations aren’t met. These standards also help identify what causes your warehouse team to underperform.

4SIGHT engineers are trained in Time Study, Maynard Operation Sequence Technique (MOST), and Master Standard Data (MSD). Our proven preferred methodology is to use MSD or MOST for the human elements of your standard and Time Study for your equipment. Depending on your situation, we will apply the most appropriate solution that is both time and cost effective, while also building a maintainable standard.

Do you already have existing labor standards and need an outside, unbiased resource to evaluate your current program? Let 4SIGHT engineers audit your existing standards and review your flow charts for possible adjustment if your current standards are out of tolerance.

  • Evaluate individual performance
  • Evaluate a team’s cumulative performance
  • Evaluate supervisor effectiveness
  • Identify opportunities for operational improvement
  • Achieve a better understanding of facility throughput and capacity
  • Enable a pay-for-performance incentive program

 

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Incentive-Based Pay
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Retaining and motivating a highly skilled, trained workforce is critical in today’s highly competitive supply chain environment. Implementing an incentive program for your company’s workforce can be an effective tool to increase productivity, reduce downtime, and improve morale. An incentive program motivates workers to talk, think, and act based on attributes that directly affect and drive improved operational productivity.

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Labor Management Systems
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4SIGHT’s professional expertise with Labor Management System (LMS) implementations has enabled our clients to save millions of dollars. We know from experience that your typical labor management/pay for performance project is really a transformational change project. All of the Tier 1 software providers have robust functionality, but their software alone is not the key to a successful project. Having worked with each of the top Supply Chain Execution software providers, 4SIGHT brings you unique insight about the strengths of each platform.

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Workforce Optimization
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Your people are the most important assets in your supply chain operation—and often your biggest variable. Effectively optimizing your workforce depends on having the right blend of training, performance standards, technology, change management, and motivation. Choosing and implementing a world-class Labor Management System (LMS), is the most effective way to achieve fast ROI while improving your operation’s performance.

Start your optimization efforts by focusing on your management team: Train your supervisors to create a win-win situation by teaching the skills they need to coach the associates they manage and emphasize positive behavior before taking corrective action. The real benefit of a labor solution is having management and associates work together to drive sustainable productivity and performance gains. Developing an accountability plan with incentive-based pay is a highly effective way to sustain the improvements your new best practices generate.

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