Higher productivicty through participation and expertise
Productivity is a matter of doing the right things in the right way and finding better ways for day-to-day work. Improvements lead to higher productivity, regardless of whether they are made in large or small steps. Södra’s successful productivity work is based on a systematic approach and the expertise of the employees.
The objective of the productivity work is to increase productivity by leveraging the expertise of the employees. Together with the fact-based and systematic approach, participation forms the basis of Södra’s productivity method.
The productivity efforts are based on the premise that the employees are the experts. As an aid, they have a well-tried methodology and, when necessary, trained change leaders – navigators – can guide them through this work. Systematic productivity work is thereby secured.
Well-tried, six-step method
Södra’s productivity method is carried out in six steps: selection of improvement area, analysis, problem solution, evaluation and prioritisation, implementation, follow-up and distribution. In each step, there are well-tried approaches, analysis tools, reporting formats and documented experiences from previously implemented productivity programmes.
All ideas that the employees present in the problem solution step are given due consideration. The ideas are gathered in a database, where the estimated savings are also reported.
More programmes – clearer systematics
Since 2010, the productivity work has moved towards more productivity programmes and a higher degree of systematisation. Identified problem areas are dealt within the proper order according to their potential and a programme is concluded before the next one is started. By already introducing the productivity work in the strategy activities, productivity thinking becomes a natural part of the business.
Every manager is responsible for the productivity work at his or her department and should welcome employees to participate in the improvement and idea work. The manager should also follow up on implemented productivity programmes and report the results.
The productivity increase should be at least 2 per cent per year. The employees’ contribution to the systematic improvement work corresponded to SEK 133 million.