Sometimes creating a workspace can seem like an overwhelming job, as each facet of the work needs to be addressed, laid out in steps, and then worked into production. However, good planning makes good business, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Business Register. Some people look at the sheer amount of things to complete and are not sure where to begin, while others are shocked into procrastination. To get you started with creating your workspace, here are eight things to know about creating a schematic for your workspace.
- The Beginning
Every type of work has a beginning, and should be the first step in creating a schematic. Finding a starting point can be difficult, but think of it in terms of making a sandwich: The first thing you need to do is obtain bread. What is the next step?
- The End
Once the beginning is determined, figure out the end of the workflow. This will establish the point where you feel the work is finished and ready to be presented. With the beginning and endpoints of your work flow established, you can begin to flesh out the rest of the routine.
- Material Storage
Workflows are often found in manufacturing, so storage does become important, both pre- and post-production. Make sure the proper work shed(s) are available to store both raw materials and finished products. Storage shelters items from the weather, and the right storage makes sure you do not run out of supplies.
Power tools, computers, printers, and hand tools are common equipment when it comes to work. Make sure that a schematic includes these tools as it is being created, to account both for the space required in the work shed and the amount of production that can be had from each piece of equipment.
- Quality Control
Products and services are not created in a vacuum, so there is always a need for quality control. When creating a work flow schematic, make sure there is space for quality assurance. Good quality control checks ensure a high quality output, and allow a production process to be changed early on if necessary.
- Packing and Shipping
Products that require shipping require boxes, packing materials (such as bubble wrap and tape) and a place for them to be staged awaiting pickup. Additionally, the costs involved and the means of shipping need to be addressed in any workflow.
- Define the Consumer
The consumer for a product or service needs to be discussed within the workflow, depending upon the business. If customers are going to be visiting, you may want a reception area away from the other parts of the facility. Even things like packaging for the consumer needs to be addressed.
- Define Success
What type of output will make a business a success needs to be addressed in a work flow. Knowing the point of profit is a huge factor. If there are not enough raw materials that can be purchased and stored, or not enough room for the end product, then the business will never be a success. Input and output are important, but both are wasted if the enterprise is not capable of producing a profit.
Follow these eight parts of building a schematic for your workspace, and you are guaranteed success. Each is like an ingredient in a cake; if each ingredient is not present, or not present in the right amount, no one is going to want to enjoy a slice.