Labor Management

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the essentials:

Labor management engineering is a discipline dedicated to optimizing workforce productivity within your warehouse operations. 

Any productive labor management system is based on critical engineering principles – data analysis, and process improvement methodologies. The primary goal of labor management engineering is to align labor resources with operational requirements, to minimize labor costs, and maximize productivity while ensuring compliance with labor laws, regulations, and safety standards. 

That’s a mouthful, but there’s no easy way to say it. 


The five essential tools to ensure success in every labor management engineering project.

Keep it simple. Start with the basics. These building blocks help our customers achieve huge productivity gains.

1. Lean Process Events

Jackpine labor management projects often begin with an exhaustive Lean Process Event to help us determine production rates and engineering labor standards (ELS). Our job is to simplify processes, eliminate waste and improve the productivity of every activity. We’ll study your current process, carefully evaluate inefficiencies, and work with you to create the shortest, fastest, easiest way to get the job done.

2. Production Rate

We’ll carefully examine all your tasks and activities, and help you create accurate and fair performance standards based on the appropriate pace, skill, and training level for your situation. Your production rate refers to your quantity of output produced within a specific period, typically measured in units per hour, day, or another relevant time frame.

3. Engineered Labor Standards

These are predetermined measures of how long it should take your workers to perform a specific task following a prescribed method under normal working conditions. These are detailed time and motion studies that analyze the sequence of motions, activities, and interactions involved in performing a task.

4. Time and Motion Studies

A critical element in labor management engineering, we carefully observe and record the sequence of motions, activities, and interactions involved in all tasks performed in your process, carefully measuring the time taken to complete each motion. Finally, we analyze and standardize procedures to optimize the performance of the task, thus reducing variation in work processes.

5. Leading vs. Lagging Indicators

At Jackpine, we’re huge believers in shifting your focus from monitoring past performance to predicting future outcomes, using this essential concept. It’s simple: lagging indicators simply measure performance based on historical data, while leading indicators provide insights into potential future performance trends. We use these important leading indicators to assess performance and guide decision-making in improving your processes.

boost labor productivity by 15% in three months.

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