Hardship Accounting Of Jobs

France is implementing a new law requiring “hardship accounting,” for the purpose of giving special pension benefits to employees whose jobs impose physical, environmental and rhythm constraints beyond a given threshold in 10 categories. This is causing a dispute between employers, who balk at the detailed record keeping required, and the government, which insists that a duly voted law must be obeyed. What I find disturbing in this tug-of-war is that I hear no voice saying that the existence of hardship jobs is abnormal and that they should be eliminated. Giving special treatment to the holders of these jobs is better than nothing, but it is an immediate countermeasure, not a long-term solution.

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How the 80/20 Rule will improve the safety of your warehouse | IndustryWeek

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“If companies can identify their high movers from a pick history list, the “vital” 20% can be optimally located within the shelving systems to maximize production efficiencies and to minimize wasted time and effort. The 80/20 Rule can help companies strategically locate “vital” materials so that employees’ efficiency and safety are maximized.”



Michel Baudin‘s insight:

In this article ergonomist Lance Perry explains that organize items in warehouses by frequency of use improves the ergonomics of manual storage and retrieval.

In Lean Logisitics, I presented the same policies as a means of increasing productivity and reducing the lead times of warehouse operations. Making what you use the most often easiest to reach improves multiple dimensions of performance at the same time. There is no tradeoff; you don’t rob Peter to pay Paul; you don’t make X better by making Y worse. That’s why we call is an improvement.

What is most puzzling is that such a simple idea is not already universally applied.

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Visitors see ‘lean’ during RUH tour | Star Phoenix

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 Technology is often touted as the cure for many of our modern afflictions.Funny, then, that a whiteboard in the staff room could make such a difference in how the city’s busiest emergency department runs.”It’s very low-tech,” says Jon Schmid, the registered nurse manager for Royal UniversityHospital’s emergency department. “But the impact it has on our organization is huge.”…

Michel Baudin‘s insight:

The text of the article is informative, particularly about the use of a white board, but the picture does not show this white board. In fact, it seems unrelated to the article, as if the newspaper just slapped on a stock photo from a hospital.

As it is, however, this photo is a good reason for the quotes around the word “Lean.” It is an encyclopedia of work space design mistakes, with work surfaces at uneven and ergonomically inappropriate heights, causing people to stoop, or even squat to access the refrigerator. Not to mention empty space in the center and chairs.

Workspace design mistakes

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Taking a Stand at Work

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The notion that production work should be done standing has been controversial in Lean implementations, and resisted in particular by experts in ergonomics. Now several health researchers are saying that sitting is about as healthy for humans as smoking.

This article is about Anup Kanodia, from Ohio State’s Center for Personalized Health Care, and his recommendation to reorganize offices for stand-up work. See also NASA’s Joan Vernikos’s Sitting Kills Moving Heals.

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