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24th January 2022
It’s become a regular occurrence this time of year, hasn’t it? “New Year, New You” marketing messages splashed all around, urging us to set resolutions and change the way we do things. We’re led to believe that our lives will be utterly transformed beyond recognition…as long as we buy into what they’re selling, be it a wonder supplement, a new diet, a gym membership or the latest revolutionary face cream.
Unfortunately, this message has been around for so long now, it’s almost become an old record and could, in fact, have the opposite effect by turning everyone into cynics.
That being said, it does seem a shame to let the turning of the year pass without first taking the time to consider what we’ve learnt from the previous few months and how we intend to use these lessons in order to plan for the future.
The same is true for businesses. You should always take this fresh start as a chance to reflect on performance from the year before – is there scope for any savings and efficiency improvements in order to close a looming budget gap? One way to do this is to revisit something you may have tried in the past but which didn’t work quite as you had planned.
It’s tough to know where to focus your efforts and decide which innovation will be the one for you. We are told that change is happening faster than ever before and there is always some whizzy technology that’s “guaranteed to transform your business”.
But take a look at our case study about how time studies and paying attention to detail can help to improve performance.
So unless you have solid grounds for abandoning something that’s been tried in the past, here are five reasons why you should try looking at it again:
If this has inspired you to dust off an old idea, here are some tips to steer it towards success:
Workstudy can really help in operational trials and we can assist with this. Establishing a baseline and then measuring the impact confirms any successes and determines where tweaks can be made to achieve even more from the change. A workstudy project, such as this, which is quick and focused, followed by rapid analysis, enables you to obtain results. And, as always, we will support the numbers with our tried and tested mix of observations, benchmarks and process insights.
Let’s make 2022 the year we say, “We tried it before, and it could work this time”. Get in touch and let’s have a chat.