10 Ways to Permanently Streamline Your Workday

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Eliminate One Sign-off

I worked at a manufacturing plant where supervisors had to sign off on quality before a job could be run. Seemed strange to me -- we trusted the operators to ensure jobs met standards throughout the run, so why couldn't we trust them to know if a job met quality standards before they started running? You probably have at least one sign-off in place because somewhere along the way an employee made a major error and you don't want the same mistake to happen again. But in the process you reduce the amount of responsibility your employees feel for their own work because you've inserted your authority into the process. Train, explain, trust -- and then remove yourself from processes where you don't belong.