Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

October 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 10

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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PERSPECTIVES

Kevin McManus 

Performance by Kevin McManus

Find your learning break
Breaking my wrist forced me to alter my personal processes and my mental models about how others execute work processes. We know we should try to think out of the box, but it can be difficult to put into perspective how deeply into “the box” we are.

Paul Engle 

Management by Paul Engle

Breaking down silos
Breaking down silos begins at the top. Effective company leaders ensure that goals are well-communicated and reinforced with reward and recognition. Staff members are rarely, if ever, rewarded on function or department performance. Bonuses are paid on company performance, not artificial goals set for groups.

D. Junell Scheeres 

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres

We love (patent) logistics
Examine almost any department in a hospital or medical center and you will encounter some aspect of patient logistics. Healthcare leaders must deal with patient logistics (or flow) management, often called patient throughput. To optimize the use of best practices in healthcare logistics, it may help to describe a basic system view of patient logistics management.

Nabil Nasr 

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Export sustainable manufacturing ideas
The only sensible route is to encourage sustainable, innovative manufacturing in every country, and I called on American companies already committed to sustainable manufacturing to help nascent industry in developing nations become more sustainable. Getting developing countries on board with sustainability is critical because their economies and infrastructures are far less robust than those in developed nations.