1. Case Introduction 2. Question Discussion 3. Questions and Answers 1. Case Introduction Your Garden Gloves Company Background: Gardening business Established 5 years ago Substantially business growth Each year 10 new clients and a new employee Currently 8 seasonal employees
1. Case Introduction Your Garden Gloves Company Background: Assign crew to do tasks Crew size range from 2 to 4 workers Largest job took longer time Take a investigation 2. Question Discussion Question 1 Which crew size had the highest productivity? Which
crew size had the lowest productivity? What are some possible explanations for these results? Crew Size Average Productivity per Crew 2 4,234 square feet per day 3
5,352 square feet per day 4 7,860 square feet per day Productivity Ratios Productivity ratios Crew Size
Average Productivity per Crew Productivity Ratio 2 4,234 square feet per day 2,117
3 5,352 square feet per day 1,784 4 7,860 square feet per day 1,965
Explanation Productivity Ratios Productivity Paradox 1. New workers (Grouping of employees with different experience level) 2. Quality of tools 2. Question Discussion Question 2 After a recent storm, a customer called in a panic, saying that she had planned a garden party for the
upcoming weekend and her garden was shambles. The owner decided to send a crew of four workers, even though a two-worker crew would have a higher productivity. Explain the rationale for this decision. Prioritization Critical activity with high importance and urgency
Rational Explanation Time pressure Crew Size Average Productivity per Crew Productivity Ratio 2 4,234 square feet per day
2,117 3 5,352 square feet per day 1,784 4
7,860 square feet per day 1,965 4 people have the highest total output per day 4 workers should complete the work asap Illustration Assumption: Garden size 20,000 square feet Case 1
Case 2 Crew size 2 4,234 ft/day Duration: 4.7 days Crew size 4 7,860 ft/day Duration: 2.5 days
2. Question Discussion Question 3 What is a possible qualitative issue that may very well influence productivity levels that the productivity ratios fail to take into account? Qualitative Issues 1. New company: Founded only 5 years ago Low employee loyalty Solutions:
Offer long-term contracts Provide a career path Develop relationships Qualitative Issues 2. Seasonal work: (weather conditions, location) 6 month operating time No continuous work flow through the whole year Employees may look for permanent jobs drop outs Qualitative Issues
3. Standardization: Standardized processes increase the productivity level of employees Solution: Introduction of standard operation procedures In long term, employees may feel less motivated and reduce productivity level Solution: Assign different tasks from time to time Qualitative Issues 4. Incentive plans that reward productivity can increase productivity
Productivity level influenced by structural division between management and labor Goal: Willingness that workers give their best Solution: Performance related wages Qualitative Issues 5. Experience of workers Employees with longer experience have usually a higher productivity level than less experienced workers 6. Quality of tools
Has an impact of the productivity level 3. Questions and Answers Sources
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