Business Lessons 2021 Taught Us.

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Business lessons that 2021 taught us!

 

It goes without saying that twenty twenty-one was a strange year for most of us. The nearly back to normality but not quite lifestyle had its say on most businesses whilst others appeared to flourish. Whatever way we look at the last year, we can’t help but be optimistic that we are here to continue to thrive in twenty twenty-two.

This blog will talk about the lessons we learnt last year and how they will continue to fuel how Visual Management Technology moves forward as a business. So, without further ado, let’s get into the good stuff.

 

Knowing me, knowing you.

 

The first lesson that appeared incredibly early on in twenty twenty-one was that you could simply never put a price on a personal touch. At VMT, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and personable team. It seems that only once the ability to converse with our clients in person was taken away, we realised the value of being a customer-facing business.

Doing things online is great, and, of course, as more consumers rush to spend online, we understand how pivotal digital presence is. But for us, you can’t beat that personal touch, especially as a lot of our products are used to improve teamwork and productivity. Although maybe a shadowboard for digital tools is a thing of the future, who knows.

 

People still want the best.

 

As most of us struggled to get to grips with everyday life and recover from the hangover of twenty-twenty, the first point of call was to understand our purchasing behaviour once more. The working from home period drove most to buying the cheapest option online and meant that competition became increasingly fierce across many sectors.

Returning in twenty twenty-one, however, reminded us that, in fact, what we love is quality, especially where our businesses are concerned. In the visual management sector, cheap products have a considerably shorter lifespan and don’t cater to your business’s bespoke needs.

Quality visual management products are designed specifically to streamline processes, alleviate problems and help your business hit your KPI’s, targets and goals. To learn about some of the brilliant jobs we’ve undertaken, click the link below.

https://v-m-t.co.uk/case-studies/

 

 Embrace the change.

 

Twenty Twenty-One, in many ways, was a year of reflection. The changes that had taken place in the previous 18 months had highlighted that nothing was guaranteed and that to take things for granted was incredibly short-sighted.

At VMT, we understand that in order to be able to provide our clients with the best products and services, we need to embrace the change around us. Not only in our sector but also business in general. We understand that a potential client’s needs have changed so drastically in the past two years, as the way we all do business changes too.

Here’s to more change, evolution and growth in twenty twenty-two.

 

Learning is a consistent process.

 

This last point is probably the most relevant as it relates to the post in general. If there was one overbearing thing that we learnt as a business in twenty twenty-one, it was that you never stop learning. The process of having new knowledge as your input and better business being your output is something for which we should all be striving.

It comes to us as no surprise that you should keep growing your knowledge pool, but the past couple of years have certainly highlighted how flexible knowledge can be. The best way to prepare yourself and your business is to maximise what you are doing today in terms of proficiency and effectiveness. Therefore, creating more opportunities to learn and grow as a business and as entrepreneurs.

 

Business Lessons and us.

 

At VMT, we’re putting realistic and tangible goals in place in order to measure our success in the coming year. We aim to provide the best service alongside the most comprehensive range of Visual Management solutions available in the UK and Europe. When it comes to sector knowledge, you needn’t look any further than VMT.

If you’ve read this blog and think that we could work together, we can’t wait to hear about your project. Follow the link below, send us a message or give us a call.

http://www.v-m-t.co.uk

 

How can your business benefit from introducing Shadow Boards?

Are Shadow Boards worth the Investment?

 

When it comes to helping your business implement shadow boards, you needn’t look any further. At Visual Management Technology, we have a wealth of experience and know-how that you can leverage when looking to improve operational efficiency within your business. 

 

In this blog, we will give you a brief overview of all things shadow boards.

 

Without further ado, let’s get into the valuable stuff.

 

What are shadow boards?

 

Shadow boards are the perfect home for all of your valuable tools and pieces of equipment. By providing a strict placement for your items, shadow boards help to decrease the chance of loss and damage. 

 

When the equipment isn’t in use, the shadows encourage the positive behaviour of returning items to the shadow board so that it is easily accessible when it’s needed next.

 

The detailed shadowing used on the boards means that you can quickly notice any missing tools as there will be a distinctive shadow in the shape of the tool in the tools place. This, in turn, increases responsibility and ownership for the tools as it becomes apparent when one employee has misplaced them.

 

If your business uses a large amount of tooling and equipment for its day-to-day operations, shadow boards can help your employees streamline the process of locating equipment and returning to a sensible home location.

 

Shadow board and us. 

 

If you are thinking about investing in shadow boards but need some inspiration, follow the link below to check out some of our previous projects. 

 

Shadow Boards – The Process

 

Why use Shadow Boards?

 

As with any visual management implementation, there are plenty of brilliant reasons for your business to use shadow boards. Shadow boards are incredibly beneficial for all involved. They improve operational efficiency, refine workplace organisation and champion best practices within your business. Therefore, benefiting the staff as well as the company.

 

Below are some of the main reasons that businesses implement shadow boards within their processes:

 

      To reduce time spent searching for tools and equipment.

      Help ensure the correct tooling is being used at the right times.

       Increase the lifespan of the equipment.

      To add a professional look and feel to their factory or place of manufacture.

      Create a systematic working order within the processes of the business.

      To reduce changeover times (Single Minute Exchange Die – SMED) when utilising changeover parts

 

Why use VMT for your shadow board?

 

When it comes to looking for the perfect shadow boards, you’re in safe hands with Visual Management Technology. Our abundance of sector experience means that your business can benefit from our years of experience in developing functional, cost effective and professional shadow boards. There aren’t many industries we haven’t supplied shadow boards to so you can be confident we are able to specify a sensible solution that will work for you.

 

At VMT, we pride ourselves on providing a bespoke product that fits the exact needs of each of our clients. What works for one business may not work for another, and therefore, we ensure that we understand your company and its needs from the start of the project. Thus reducing turnaround time and creating something that will work for your business time and time again.

 

What next?

 

If anything you have read in this blog has caught your attention, or if you want to have a conversation about how shadow boards could work for your business, follow the link below. Simply send a message or give us a call; we can’t wait to hear about your business and offer some visual management solutions today.

 

Visual Management Technology

 

Creating business value by implementing Visual Management.

How can Visual Management bring value to your business?

Firstly, this blog isn’t an attempt at a transparent sales pitch, we promise! It’s just our attempt to offer some information to highlight how beneficial visual management can be for your business. So, where do we begin? OK, so let’s think about the way we process information; we’re sure you’ve heard the saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words, ‘ right? Well, if you haven’t, you have now!

Basically, how we soak up and process the information we are given varies from one individual to the next. However, the overarching theory is that the easier it is to digest and process, the better job we do of taking it in, hence highlighting the value of visual management.

 

However, before we go on, we want to make it absolutely clear there is no hard and fast way to go about creating visual management tools within your business. There are many varied implementation methods, and each can differ in success depending on the nature of the business itself. That’s where you’ll need an expert, like, well, us.

 

Anyway, let’s skip to the good bit.

 

Improving safety and correct decision making.

You may not have thought of it like this, but when you see a visual stimulus, your behaviour towards that touchpoint is mainly based on your knowledge. For example, when you reach a red light in your car, you stop, green you go and so on, thus creating order and improving the safety of the roads. A similar order can be implemented within your workplace whereby visual warnings such as: Floor tape will prevent someone from entering an unsafe area or performing a dangerous action. Or shadow boards limiting the tooling that can be used for a specific process and reducing the chances of unsafe actions being undertaken with inappropriate equipment.

 

Growing employee commitment and morale.

OK, if your business is highly sales or performance focused, you’ll probably know this already, but there is no greater builder of sales or output numbers than competition. Therefore, you can involve your employees more in your business by visually presenting their performance using visual management tools. It’s pivotal to remember that an employee committed to their own and their team’s success is incredibly likely to improve the overall success of your business.

 

Keeping your business processes on track.

 

When visual management is implemented correctly, it can have an incredibly beneficial effect on your goals and aspirations. If you think of any one job that your business has completed in the recent weeks, several different elements likely had to come together to make that job a success. Whether it was various departments offering advice as to the project’s development. Or several individuals all using their skill set to get the job out of the factory in time.

 

The beauty of visual management boards is that you can track each and every process visually, so your staff know where they are needed and for how long. This improves communication within your workplace and builds a rapport between different departments.

 

Tracking the processes involved in each job will also help the decision-makers understand the business’s current capabilities and whether or not they can do more or fewer jobs. Manning, Yamazumi or Resource Allocation visual management boards will support this decision making

 

 Making the complex simple.

 

The last benefit we wanted to highlight is perhaps the most obvious and of the most significant importance. All of the above simply isn’t attainable in your business if you don’t implement your visual management techniques in the right way in the first place. That’s because if the information you are portraying isn’t easy to understand, it won’t be able to guide and inform your employees.

 

In some businesses, information is portrayed in a manner far too complex for the people who need to understand it. It should be a part of your everyday processes to assess the knowledge of your staff and to train and inform them with visual management cues in ways that benefit the staff and not you. Ultimately if it benefits the staff creating the value in the business, it benefits the business.

 

At Visual Management Technology, we provide the most comprehensive range of Visual Management solutions available in the UK and Europe. With a client list that boasts blue chip companies such as Siemens, London Underground and Rolls Royce, it’s understandable why so many businesses choose VMT. If you’re looking for some inspiration, head to the link below and have a look at some of our projects.

 

 

Alternatively, if you want to reach out and get in touch, follow the link below, leave us a message, give us a call or, of course, pop in to see us. Have a great day, everyone.

 

 

VMT – Guide to Visual Management Board Design Pt. 2

VMT’s Guide to Visual Management Board Design Pt. 2

 

At VMT, we have successfully been working with and for our clients to design Lean Visual Management boards that have a positive continuous improvement impact on their businesses. A well designed and implemented Visual Management board communicates if an organisation or team is having a “good or bad day”. It provides a focal point for team meetings and briefs, helping to foster a winning team mentality. We believe that there are crucial elements to Visual Management Board design that can help boost the success of the boards.

  1.     Take a consistent approach

     

     

    A joined-up approach across an organisation where a companies’ values and objectives (sometimes referred to as policy deployment or balanced scorecard) are identifiably linked with that of the individual teams is essential, failure to do so will potentially result in alienation of working teams/business units. To this end, it is important that the Visual Management boards across the various levels of the business have a consistent look and feel to maintain the strong links across an organisation.

     

    Undeviating use of language/acronyms, typefaces, corporate branding guidelines, metrics and graphical displays will ensure that when walking into a new area of a business it is easy to process the information displayed on a never seen before Visual Management board as it uses familiar visual cues.

     

    2.     Be as graphic as possible

     

    As humans we respond much better to visual information than written. A Visual Management board with a high volume of written information will be difficult to look at and understand.

     

    Use of (relevant and simple to understand) graphs, Status Indicator magnets and Infographics make a huge visual impact and the information they pass on will transcend technical knowledge and language barriers.

     

    3.     Inform and Update

     

    Forewarned is forearmed, keeping team members abreast of upcoming projects and important company visits/audits gives individuals the chance to give thought to what they might need to put in place to perform their part in the whole company performance. It allows escalation and discussion of resources that might need to be available and potential issues that might arise in the delivery of a project or new requirement.

    Setting a dedicated look ahead area (to manually update) to a team board where upcoming events and projects can be manually noted down is enough to keep work teams informed and prepared.

     

    4.     Be visible

     

    Heading text should be large enough on a Visual Management board that combined with effective use of status indicator magnets, an instant audit of a process or production area’s health can be performed without close analysis of the board.

     

    Preservation of minimal text and row heights will ensure that the information displayed should never be too small to be seen from a reasonable distance. A good Visual Management board shouldn’t require “close” inspection.

     

    5.     Look good!

     

    Visual Management boards should make a positive impact on the workplace. They should tell the workforce that there is a journey of continuous improvement, and they are invited. Engaging an individual’s senses with visual appeal plays a part in ensuring that the workforce see and feel the importance of a Visual Management initiative.

     

    VMT employs skilled graphic designers who will always ensure that Visual Management boards meet aesthetic as well as functional requirements.