Employees waste a lot of time entering information into systems at manufacturing businesses. Whether it be customer information, order numbers or internal data, this is simple work that should not waste the time of those who have knowledge and skills that can be utilized within the organization. With a barcode integration system and time trackers, organizations can more easily enter data, time and save their employees the hassle of having to worry about time-wasting tasks such as data entry.
Here are some ways manual data entry can waste a business' money:
1) Long hours spent typing
Software professional Tijl Vuyk wrote on TechRepublic that businesses have long mismanaged employees' time by relying on manual data and time tracking, which is a tedious process that wastes many man hours that the business is paying for.
"For example, a company may need to manually transmit large amounts of data on sales, inventory and other critical details to a main office," he wrote. "This procedure may require a number of staff to work long hours to gather, collate and compare critical data for reports. By replacing the manual procedures with automated processes, critical data such as stock and sales information stay consistently current and accurate."
2) Inaccurate numbers
Manual time tracking and data entry usually leaves organizations with a lot of inaccurate information. Industry professional Kevin Prouty wrote on Manufacutring.net that accurate numbers include direct and indirect setup of labor, customer service and production. Inaccuracies with any of these can lead to lost revenue.
3) Incomplete management
Prouty said in order to make the workforce more productive, organizations should start tracking and utilizing numbers in real-time to get a better idea of what is happening within their own companies.
"Basically, you can't manage what you can't measure – and you can't measure what you can't track," he said. "So the inability to track time-to task ultimately inhibits maximum utilization of the workforce. Unproductive activities remain hidden from sight – managers don't have the information needed to understand where wasted time exists, and therefore cannot create an action plan to remove it."
4) Systems are likely too stiff
With mobility and time tracking implementation, Prouty said organizations can become more responsive and flexible, thereby working much better as an overall organization.
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