Workspace layout is determined first by the physical space you are dealing with and gets coupled with the equipment that you have to run the business. Business hours are unique to your area and clients. Consider these four factors in ensuring your workspace and schedule are conducive to a more productive environment:
- Try not to crowd highly trafficked areas so people are not bumping into each other. This also minimizes the possibilities of product getting damaged in the process.
- Think about how products move through your production process and if possible, try to keep work areas reasonably close to each other without crowding.
- Make sure inventory is put away in some type of order that allows for easy retrieval as well as in some sort of order permitting accurate counts. There needs to be a handle on what is in stock at all times to avoid duplicate inventory ordering or not ordering items that are needed.
- Business hours should be determined by what works best to ensure that your customers have easy access to your business at times that suit them. Consider opening for half a day on Saturday to catch up and accommodate pick up business. Another option is to designate one day a week as a “late” day.
By watching these areas closely and constantly refining them, you ensure that your business has a good foundation from which it operates.
—Eric Priceman, Victory