“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.” – Paul Meyer
WitzShared spotlights issues in the warehouse industry such as workplace safety, operations, productivity, continuous improvement and leadership. I can help you become a better prepared and engaging supervisor by offering you a fresh point of view sharing my 25+ years of warehouse/operations experience through this blog and to initiate new ideas, ways of thinking and growth within you.
April 28, 2014 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It is a day to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally and was declared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) a specialized agency of the United Nations. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is to raise awareness and intended to focus attention on developing trends in occupational safety and health and the immensity of work related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide. With good cause as occupational diseases continue to be the leading cause of work-related deaths. ILO estimates, out of 2.34 million occupational fatalities every year, only 321,000 are due to accidents. The remaining 2.02 million deaths are caused by various types of work-related diseases, which correspond to a daily average of more than 5,500 deaths. This is an unacceptable result. Here in the United States OSHA is charged with making sure people can do their jobs in a safe environment and are provided with the proper PPE to avoid not only an immediate injury but prevent the long term effects from exposure to high concentrations of dust, foreign particles or chemicals. It’s a continued debate on what levels of exposure are acceptable but we should err on the side of caution and not just brush off as nonsense. Companies have a moral and legal obligation to be straight with you as to what chemicals and materials you’re working with, their effects, PPE required and how to respond to a hazardous spill. Ignorance in this case is not bliss, but can surely kill you slowly.
COMPANIES BEHAVING BADLY is a regular bi-monthly feature. It is my hope, that one day I will run out of Companies Behaving Badly to write about but unfortunately there appears to be enough of them to keep this going. In fact, check out the April Day Fool edition of Companies Behaving Badly and share at your next safety tailgate/toolbox meeting.
The story on Aunt Ida’s Recipes for Disaster. So I had been busy with a new client implementing a 5S program on site when… o.k., the truth is I was cleaning and organizing the garage for my longest and dearest client, my wife, who thought the experience would help my writers block. My attention soon became focused on a stack of boxes that contained many different artifacts, kindergarden child art and tax records of 1996 vintage when I happened upon an old beat up wooden box that was full of sheets of notepaper that had yellowed with age and covered with faded hand writing and food stains. What I found was astounding since I thought Aunt Ida’s recipes for disaster where long lost. You’ll find each recipe to be elegantly crafted so that anyone can properly execute it like a legend. Our current featured recipe is LOTO GROUND TAR TAR. Please feel free to share with your fellow co-workers and sign up for email delivery of each new recipe. Bon Appétit.
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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
The Complete Guide To Warehouse Safety-Vol VI-Coaching, the glue that binds. No matter how much training or education you receive you can still improve as an employee through good coaching. A coach believes in you and sees something in you that’s worth all the effort, even if you have a thick skull.
One thing I have developed a strong opinion on in 25 years is that you can’t manage people with your head in the sand. No matter how much real time data you’re being fed on your gizmo, it’s not just about the numbers but engaging and coaching employees. The best way to do this is go for a walk. Consider the walks your break from the desk as you plan out your time, 15-20 mintes working on desk things and then get up and go for a walk. It’s healthy for you first of all, as It gives you a chance to get the blood flowing and bathe your brain in oxygen. It’s also a great time to observe and catch someone doing something correctly, and let them know it with a very strong, thank you. Being on the floor also makes your ear available to staff for listening. Say there is a roadblock they face everyday and this may be the chance to show it to you. Give them time and be patient as they explain it to you. “The walk is also a leadership process in which a manager walks through his or her areas of responsibility in order to gain a better understanding of how the operation is running,” this is a Gemba walk as described by Gotta Go Lean blog by Velaction a good resource. To tell you the truth, you can call your walk any thing you want! Walk about or my stroll come to mind. I happen to think Gemba walk sounds cool. Either way, Just do it. So remember don’t be an Ostrich and bury your head in the sand. Be a safety advocate, always look for ways to improve and keep the discussion going. Together we can be a force to be reckoned with.
HAVE YOU? Does your company have a active safety committee? If it does, do you participate? Why not. Poll your fellow workers to see if there are issues not being addressed and present them to the committee with suggested solutions. Safety is just as much your part as it is the company’s. If you don’t have a safety committee start one! Speak to your H.R. department and manager to get one going. Need help starting a safety committee? Contact me.
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Phil’s story – Born and raised in the Bronx, only a few blocks from Yankee Stadium I grew up watching the pursuit of excellence first hand an organization that has won 27 World Series. I have worked in and managed warehouses of all types from vaults storing memory chips to operating over 700,000 square feet of coolers, freezers and dry racking. Along this journey of over 25 years I have also performed every warehouse job function and have extensive experience in warehouse layout, slotting, cross docking, inventory control, safety, employee retention and value added services all of which make your operation stand out. Recently completed my Six Sigma Green Belt certificate from Villanova University in 2010. I can help you get the flow back into your warehouse.
Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” ~Paul Meyer
Our clients favorite – THE FLOWTHROUGH REVIEW. We help you identify opportunities to reduce risk of injury and develop an accident prevention program through hazard analysis and education. Review practices and procedures to improve productivity and eliminate waste to maximize overall efficiency in your operation.
We tailor training programs to meet your staff’s needs whether basic or refresher, from forklift certification, housekeeping and sanitation, GMP, HACCP, and AIB/ASI audits.
Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius. – GB Shaw
We speak your language and are fluent in several methods of continuous improvement: Six Sigma, Lean, Deming, Kaizen and SWOT. However our preferred method is Phil’sosophy which is a north american variation of common sense.
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IT TAKES A DEDICATED TEAM TO KEEP WAREHOUSEFLOW CONSULTING AND WITZSHARED READY TO MEET OUR CUSTOMERS NEEDS.
MEET OUR TEAM - No office operates with great efficiency and precision without a great Office Manager at the helm directing like a great maestro leading a full orchestra. Our offices at WarehouseFlow Consulting are no different and we are truly lucky to have found such a great maestro in our very own grown, litery, Tameko Nightshade. A seasoned office veteran, Tameko makes sure that everyone here has what ever they need to do their job even before they realize they need it. She’s amazing, having put herself through school by doing odd jobs in the farm fields and working summers in the canning plant you’d never know she’s a devout vegan. So be sure to stop by her bin and introduce yourself.
Introducing Sara Salamanda from our marketing department. Unless you’ve read about it you wouldn’t know she comes from a famous acting family, and like her famous cousin, Gecko Liz’ard, Sara has lots of talent but her’s leans towards the area of graphic design and the creative arts. She has a flair for using colors to capture your attention and her bold design makes you think at the same time. Sara spent several years studying art and entomology while traveling through Europe after graduating from Carnegie Mellon. She was instrumental in helping restore many european art classics. Ciao Sara!!
Communication is vital to the survival of any business today, especially keeping up with the latest apps and trends in social media. With that in mind we’d like to introduce our Corporate Communications Manager, Sage Jaye this month. He makes sure the word is spread out there and keeps WarehouseFlow on everyone’s mind. Thanks to Sage’s talents he is not limited to 140 characters on twitter or even the internet, but goes old school and puts in hours of face to face verbal communication. You know it’s the early bird that gets the worm. So next time you hear that squark, it’s just Sage saying hi, how’s your warehouse flow?
Darla Chihuahua, is our newest employee. She was hired in June 2012 as our new chief of security. She has many years of experience and is a nose ahead of everyone else. She was recently employed as an airport explosives sniffing expert and previously worked under cover in Mexico for ATF. Next time you see Darla on patrol be sure to give her a big HOLA!
RJ Squirrel, employee number 3 for WarehouseFlow consulting. RJ had a brief but glorious career in television only to fall on hard times when it abruptly ended. He had developed a dependency on alcohol and acorns and after several arrests for tree squatting and several stints in rehab our RJ didn’t give up. He has been sober 5+ years and graduated Whatsamatter U with a degree in Marketing. After beginning with us as a intern he has worked his way into the VP position due to his special branding techniques.
This years company picnic, Aug 2012.