Increased efficiency in the lab doesn’t have to mean taking shortcuts to get things done quicker, which can reduce product and service quality. On the contrary, improving employee efficiency in the lab means providing comfortable, flexible workplace conditions that will ultimately boost employee productivity over the long term.
So how do you get started? Here are 3 tips for eliminating your laboratory inefficiencies and positioning staff for success:
- Provide optimal workspace conditions: Workspaces that are designed for and around people are more likely to be comfortable, flexible, and support productivity over time, according to design firm HOK. In fact, when dental laboratory Peebles Prosthetics needed to design a new space to maximize the comfort and efficiency of its technicians, it turned to Lista’s Arlink® Modular Workstation System, which offered techs modular, adjustable, and movable furniture.
- Create efficient workstations: Evaluate employee workstations to determine whether they’re set up to accomplish the majority of the required work without movement or minimum travel. If not, redesign the workstation. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center did just that when it outfitted its Central Sterile Processing department with Lista equipment, including counter-height modular drawer cabinets, customized workstations, and the unique Storage Wall® System.
- Get (and stay) organized: In order to sustain employee productivity over time, it’s imperative to remain organized. Riverside Methodist Hospital, for example, installed Lista’s modular drawer storage systems to safely store the operating room inventory in an organized manner, which helped the staff achieve greater productivity and the optimum use of space.
In order to improve employee efficiency in the lab, it’s important to take ergonomics into consideration. By providing optimal workspace conditions, creating efficient workstations, and getting organized, you’ll be positioning your employees for success in both the near- and the long-term.