You may be familiar with the policy where UPS saved millions of dollars by essentially eliminating the left-hand turn for their truck drivers. While this often means they’re not taking the shortest or most direct route, the decision has saved fuel, reduced waiting time and reduced the chances of accidents. According to CNN, the results of this decision:

  • save 10 million gallons of fuel per year;
  • result in 6 to 8 fewer miles driven per route; and
  • reduces 100,000 metric tons of emissions per year.

So how does this apply to your staffing agency?

We all have specific processes in place to accomplish goals. These processes are essential for streamlining time and making the most of resources. But what if you could make one change to your process that would save money, save time and better your employees and bottom line? You would do it without hesitation, right?

What is your left-hand turn?

If you want to evaluate what your left-hand turn is, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there a part of our process that delays progress?
  • Is there a step that doesn’t directly benefit the desired end-result?
  • Is there a step that could be eliminated to improve safety or happiness?
  • What is the desired end-result (saving time, saving money, etc.)?
  • Why is each step necessary, and why is it being done by this individual?
  • Why do we perform each step?
  • Can we eliminate, simplify or combine tasks with another?

Improve your processes and bottom line.

If you’re doing something because this is the way it has always been done, or if you don’t know why each decision was made as a part of a standard process, it’s time to reevaluate.

UPS teaches us all a valuable lesson about planning strategies to run your business efficiently and effectively.

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