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SEP 2017

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38 MMS September 2017 COMPETING IDEAS Columnist were looking for things to do. One of the things some specialists liked to do was build product ahead of time. Either they would work on orders that were not due for a few weeks, or even months, or they would build "on spec" (with "spec" in this case meaning speculation, not specification). This often led to an abundance of unsold (and even unsellable) finished goods inventory. Due to the complexity of the products and the options each could contain, the idea of a production specialist probably made sense at one time. However, the changeable nature of this com- pany's business contributed to the unintended consequences of unproductive employees and excessive operating costs. Employee Skills Enhancement. I encoun- tered this example of unintended consequences recently when I was brought into a company to provide training for some of its employees. I was working with two groups of about 10 employees each. Employees were regularly attending the trainings, despite either having just completed a shift or planning to start a shift right after the session. It was a win-win situation for the com- pany and the employees: The company was g a in in g b et te r-s k ill e d e m p l oye e s, a n d e ac h employee was increasing his or her individual skills, and earning overtime pay to do so. After s o m e ti m e, h oweve r, t wo of th e e m p l oye e s stopped coming to the training sessions, not because of any thing they or the company did wrong, but because they were on a path to earn- ing too much money to qualify for government healthcare subsidies. Although no doubt a legit- imate concern for each of the employees, this was a very sad example of how a good plan can be undermined by unintended consequences that are beyond a company's control. These examples show how any well-meaning company's actions can have unanticipated or unintended effects. The key is to learn from these consequences and react ef fectively by taking the necessary corrective actions. C M M • V I S I O N • F O R M A N D F I N I S H • P R E C I S I O N T O O L S A N D I N S T R U M E N T S • D A T A M A N A G E M E N T Mitutoyo America Corporation | 1-888-mitutoyo | Data Management Software by Mitutoyo ENABLED Manual Solution Package Includes: • CMM main unit • MH20i Probe Package • Mitutoyo Eco-Fix S Modular Fixture Kit • Mitutoyo M2 Starter Stylus Kit • 5 Year Mitutoyo Factory Warranty (machine only) • 5 Year Software Phone Support • MCOSMOS Manual V4.0 Software • Microsoft Windows 7 OS – 64 bit Software Affordable CMM Solution Supported by our Renowned Gold Care Standard

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