You want your employees to eliminate waste so that they operate more efficiently. How do you make an already lean team leaner? Ask each of them to propose one task or procedure that they can jettison. By identifying the duty that your employees deem least necessary, you can focus on ways to kill it and squeeze out more productivity. Another useful question to ask them: Are you the best person to do each of your jobs? While their answers may not lead to time-saving breakthroughs, you can at least assess whether employees think they’re spending their time at work wisely.
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