February 03, 2012

LE – undesirable task

I got an important point today from Paul with regard to undesirable task. This is something that it has been in my mind for a while because I always have attempted to make happy the members of my team. One of my strategies with it has been to improve this undesirable task in order to make easier and comfortable. This is not simple as people think, mostly when the organization does not bother to provide the resources required for improving any undesirable task. Going back to my former experience in Rimax (plastic injection molding) from Colombia, during my training there, one of the best contribution from me was to demonstrated for my manager the needs to change the dimensions for just a simple ladder. It might be ridicules in the beginning, however, believe or not, the changeover time for one of the biggest machine (essentially the activity is to exchange the mold in order to start a new running), has been presenting overtime due to the workers had to put too much effort using an unqualified ladder. Afterwards, the voice of the customer (team members) was listened because they start getting better changeover time using appropriate tools. So, in my personal opinion, to improve the level of difficulty of undesirable task might be a good way to employ as well as rotates members avoiding to keep the same person, which is unfair. Furthermore there is still the question of how to deal with this difficult decision as a leader


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  1. Swati Sharma

    U r right about the undesirable task and you as a leader has take a call. May be if the situation permits then one of the best way is to take turns for such tasks, this will be being fair to everyone. But its easier said than done.

    03 Feb 2012, 21:59

  2. Oritseweyinmi Barber

    I understand you, but what about in a situation when the task at hand cannot be made easier in any way? I think that then the leader has to rely upon his relationship with the employees to get the best out of them, also, like Paul said, i’m sure a little humor often goes a long way : )

    03 Feb 2012, 22:40

  3. Johnnatan Escobar Posada

    Swati and Mimi, sometimes is impossible to make easier undesirable task, however, in my opinion I will attempt to change very often the worker. considering the risk that I will never get someone with huge experience handling it. At least, my group will think that I am seeing myself in this position and I am aware how much effort is spending on it.

    04 Feb 2012, 14:00


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