Very often, time spent saving money costs more money than it saves. So, managers must evaluate how lab staff are spending their time. Where are the bottlenecks that waste precious time?
Some of the key questions to ask include:
- Does the lab have the right collaboration tools to enable a hybrid workforce to manage all of the interactions required for the lab?
- Does the lab have the right mechanics to find the right things the lab needs?
- Can you find a more efficient way to place orders?
- Have you organized your space to store incoming orders effectively?
- Would a single system to track and inventory orders benefit everyone?
Resolving these questions can make significant time savings. This helps the critical paths deliver, which means real productivity, and real savings.
Key learnings will include:
- Digital collaboration among scientists and between the lab and different company departments
- Inventory planning has reached big box levels; on-site storage needs to accommodate bulk purchases
- Labs should rethink the opportunity to reuse certain supplies
- Users must choose systems and tools that will scale to long-term needs
- Have contingency plans for backordered and out-of-stock lab supplies