Every now and then, we will encounter problems that arise due to unforeseen (or usually expected but not given much thought) events that conceive to bigger problems, when earlier, can be solved without breaking a sweat at all. Here are series of questions to easily identify a foreseeable problem even before it becomes a headache for anybody.
And yes, as an employee even if you don’t have any position to supervise, it is indeed your responsibility to take action or at least inform your trustworthy higher-up about these (if any are present).
*these ideas aren’t all originally mine and most are sure to be seen anywhere, but these words specifically the quotations are my own thoughts.
1. Process Problem
How do things work around the company? Is it manual or fully automated? How much time does it take for an employee to do the process (filing, requesting, making calls, getting from one place to another, etc.?)
“Money is a given commodity that can be saved, invested, and spent. But not time and effort – every second and every sweat counts for both the company and the employee.”
2. Skills Problem
Are the people on their respective positions know how to maximize the tools they’ve been provided for by the company (computers, equipment, etc.)? What are the required technical skills a position need for that position to be efficient? Can the employees be trained in the technical aspects of their field?
“In a month, a farmer can farm with only his hands. But with the right tools and knowledge on how to use those tools, a farmer can farm in only a day.” ~ Time & Effort investment
3. Manpower Problem
Are there too many workloads for the employee to be doing in an efficient way? Could another hand aid for the said employee? Or could a technological advancement actually be a cheaper solution (power machines for manual labor instead of 3-4 people moving a load, biometrics for attendance checking instead of the guard doing it, etc.)?
“No matter how dauntingly great a person is, he’ll always find a helping hand, helpful.”
4. Motivational Problem
Can the employer give inspirational speeches to their subordinate? Can the employees actually be motivated? Do the unmotivated personnel have personal or financial reasons? If so, would it be actually be a good investment on them or just a temporary personnel saver?
“A good worker can be motivated. A great worker motivates himself.”