Hannes' fears have come true again: After the management meeting on Monday morning, he feels that he is once again the one who is returning the most orders to the Workplace takes.

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Always me!

"Always me". Basically, he doesn't like such statements from his own employees at all. But if he finds himself in this role, it is of course different.

"Always me," he thinks when the chairman suggests asking Hannes to look for further cost-saving opportunities in the company. Management colleagues agree to the proposal. The only dissenting voice, that of Hannes, does not want to compensate for the democratic imbalance. When it comes to the unspoken agenda item “distribute work”, colleagues become competitors – regardless of the hierarchical level.

Hannes can only lose

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Hannes is aware that "saving internally" is a demanding topic. He can only verlieren. He finds too few Measures, the managing director gets the feeling that he is on the wrong savingsideas- To have put horse. If he finds sufficient and effective measures, he makes himself unpopular with everyone who uses these measures.

Given the current financial situation, these are his Company not a few. It has been unpleasant for a long time. After hard, drastic but profitable savings measures such as optimizing production, reducing staff, Costs the suppliers press, the big chunks are already slimmed down. There is nothing left where significant amounts can be optimized. Nevertheless, the company's financial predicament is still acute. Hannes is brooding. "Where can we save without it hurting?" Exactly that is the key for his personal Success in this Projects, it flashes through him. Clear savings without losing it with the workforce or with colleagues at management level.

Hannes copies the system from the birds

Hannes follows his thoughts and sees a bird in the courtyard of the company premises - a real one. "Exactly - the bird is my role model". This fetches its small grains in many places, nowhere are they missing, but the bird is still full.

“Small livestock also makes a mess”, Hannes remembers the tenet from his leadership training. In the current context of his Company finds a literal application. Equipped with the smartphone camera, Hannes sets off through his everyday office life, through the corridors, into the company canteen and everywhere he finds "spark grains".

Hannes calculates the details

About the coffee machine. When the coffee is catapulted into the cups with a little more pressure, similar to the refueling process in the formula 1, we save time. Hannes notes: with 2000 daily coffee consumption and a saved second per issue, this results in 2000 seconds per day, 440'000 seconds per year, or 122 man hours. Almost a month's pay.

If two additional coffee cups are filled at the same time, the result is two months. Hannes takes a careful step through the aisles. The toilets. Too popular a place to stay that we have to make less attractive. Faster rinsing processes, setting the timer for the hand dryer a second shorter, dimming the automatic lighting a little and shortening the time span: "That is certainly another month's potential".

Hannes gets creative

Proudly, to have found measures that do not hurt anyone and still poured, Hannes becomes even more creative.

Speed ​​up the elevator, omit the acknowledging beep from the Electronic Work Time Control because people are stopping there too long anyway, and of course faster computer mice. The catalog is growing and Hannes converts the saved seconds neatly into saved person-days.

The triumph seems certain

If one now concludes with the baker of the break-buns, that he uses two percent more free air in the flour and bakes the cakes two percent cheaper, Hannes's action catalog reaches almost strategic proportions.

His triumph at the next management meeting seems to him for sure. With a triumphant smile and satisfied about his own cleverness he begins his Presentation prepare.

Sound argumentation?

In order to make a well-founded argument, Hannes weighs the savings against what his research work and expenses such as "negotiating with the baker", "reinstalling the high-compressor coffee machine pump" cost. Hannes is amazed at the number, which is quite high. “But if you want to achieve something, you have to invest".

Nevertheless: the time saved minus the calculated effort results in a total of 381 seconds per year. Makes pretty much 741 hours. With a workforce of 100, that's an impressive 2000 percent. “Well… you can maybe save a little more on the planning work by not spelling out the words in the presentation.

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