In our competitive environment, every manufacturer struggles to do more with less and to find capital for “nonproduction” areas, such as maintenance, safety, training, housekeeping and human resources. If done in a short-sighted fashion, the employer learns through painful experience the sacred law of “unintended consequences.”
A recent magazine article detailed the harm to production and profits that resulted from gradually shifting almost all maintenance functions to production employees. You’re probably thinking, “I wouldn’t do that,” but many employers have eliminated certain housekeeping workers and relied upon production employees to clean up their area or machine.
Let me share some of my experiences where “nonproduction” functions were neglected:
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