Finding Ergonomics Success when Resource-Challenged
The reduction or total elimination of budgets for ergonomic improvements have resulted in more creativity than I have seen in a long time.
Not having unlimited resources forces organizations to rely more heavily on more cost-effective in-house solutions, as opposed to off-the-shelf solutions. Recently I was involved in a Kaizen/RAPID Team Event that focused on the implementation of high impact fixes over a short period of time (4 days). After some time on the floor analyzing jobs and brainstorming solutions, the team created a list of items to pick up at the local hardware store. However, by the time the group got back with the purchases, two fixes were already completed using in-house resources!