Did you know that up to 50% of your time at work is not actually spent doing something of value? Most organizations evolve over time into vertical silos or functional groupings of tasks: human resources, finance, manufacturing, operations, sales. All of these functional areas have their own priorities and deadlines. Unfortunately, the value being created by the work done flows horizontally and not vertically. This is where the waste hides. The waste, or non-value added work, is what makes the day hard, frustrating, and often demotivating. It’s not the work itself. All professionals know “what” they do but many don’t truly see “how” they do it and even more don’t know “why” they do it. This creates even more wasted effort.
Eliminating the waste in your day to day processes isn’t nearly as difficult as first being able to see it and recognize it as waste.