Highly skilled, busy people forget basic, key tasks and don’t even realize it. Just think of the productivity improvement potential that any business could have. Even the best trained, most capable people cannot possibly remember everything. One simple solution is checklists. It easily eliminates any of the basic, routine, essential items that we all forget from time to time. It’s really an inexpensive solution that can increase productivity and safety, allowing you to save more than you’d think.


Are You as Productive as You Could Be?

Think of the greater outcome that a capital project can have with this simple, yet significant type of improvement. Checklists enable effective teamwork to the point that the more limited, command and control approach just can’t compete. Checklists aren’t just tasks, they’re also communication items with an aim to reduce error. If you want to increase productivity at work, you need to use checklists to accomplish complex projects. This will not only serve as helpful reminders, but it also makes it a lot easier to delegate tasks and achieve consistent results.

The concept of the checklist is so simple, and it is used in so many ways that talking about “critical” checklists does not leave much of an impression. Incorporating checklists in high-hazard environments and life-threatening situations has been one of the most influential innovations to enhance safety in recent times.


Checklists are the Difference Maker

For example, in only the last two decades the medical industry has taken a serious stance in preventing surgical errors by the adoption of checklists.

In response to a shocking study published in 2000 that reported an estimated 44,000 Americans died each year because of preventable medical errors, a medical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital introduced several improvements, included and guided by a checklist termed the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program. Various healthcare systems followed along, and later having operating venues reporting a 53 percent reduction in postoperative mortality and a 64 percent reduction in morbidity.

The simple use of a checklist can make a significant difference. They allow you to have a clearer vision of what you need to accomplish. Meaning that you’ll be spending more time on the things that need to be done rather than the things that can wait. By using checklists and following them, you’ll soon feel more organized and confident that you have done everything correctly for the task at hand.


How NRX AssetHub Can Help Improve Productivity

NRX AssetHub provides maintenance and reliability professionals at asset-intensive businesses with world-class software solutions for analyzing, visualizing, building, editing, organizing, approving, and sustaining high-quality Asset and Maintenance Data for the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Computerized Maintenance Management (CMMS) systems. We help our customers get their CMMS data right.

If you would like to learn about how NRX AssetHub can help you build your own critical checklists, contact us and we’d be more than happy to help!


Source: https://www.boeing.com/features/innovation-quarterly/dec2016/feature-technology-checklist.page

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