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This week’s problem consisted of cutting down costs/expenses in which quiet tension was created between members of our group due to hesitation to decrease costs in their area. It wasn’t a huge deal but little hearts were broken this week because of it. The problem I had faced was figuring out the problem with our constantly high idle time.

Our team idle time has always been high and no matter what we do in an attempt to decrease it, it fluctuates a little but still remains high. I have calculated week in and week out and it doesn’t seem to make a huge difference. I have run through my calculations to the team for outside input to ensure that I haven’t missed out any crucial information but there were no errors spotted by anyone, everything was accounted for and made sense yet when implementing, our idle time had increased in this rollover.

The barrier that stops us from making big drastic changes that could help improve our idle time is our lack of money/funds. Idle time would be improved if we could fire employees but this not only costs money that we don’t have but it would also demotivate our workers due to a decrease in job security. Idle time could be improved if we could launch another bike in order to put our workers to good use but this also costs a whole lot of money we don’t have. I feel caged into such a tight budget where I can only fidget and sell plant for maximum effectiveness.

At the same time, I feel as though our idle time is the least of our problems compared to our money crisis but a problem is a problem and they need to be addressed with full attention. This week I hope to be in a position where I can take risks in terms of decreasing our number of employees but increasing salary to retain our remaining employees via motivation. My goal is to at the very least half idle time in our next rollover but because decisions have to be run through the whole team, especially CEO, I doubt this will be successful but with good reasoning.

Our increase in SHV however has definitely lifted my spirit into moving forward with our group which I believe is the most important thing. Results have been satisfying as a lot of sacrifices were made this rollover to cut costs. Hoping for more positive results.

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Hey Mekeilah,

    You have given a very good analysis of the problems being faced by you and your group, as well as what it's going to take to resolve and further improve the current situation which is really effective. However next time I think if you related some of your key points to one or two readings then it would give your entry further depth.

  2. Hey Mekeilah

    Your journal was interesting to read as we have had a little trouble with the idle time as well. I liked your explanation of your problem, how you will do about it and also the reflection of broken hearts while trying to decrease costs. You have used the Daudelin reflection structure well. I agree with James in using some readings from the course to back up your thought process for your summative journal.

    Other than that keep up the good work!

    Chavon

  3. Hi Mekeilah,

    I can see that you have used Daudelin's 4 step method to structure your journal which made it really easy to follow as a audience. You identified two problems for this week, "tension created by cost cut-downs" and "high idle time". Even though they are relevant, you should only specify one problem and it seems that the cut-downs for costs/expenses are part of the reason why your idle time is high, so next time you could include that in the analysis of the problem instead. You have analysed the problem as you mentioned that you have attempted to decrease it in the past weeks but "it fluctuates a little but still remains high." You also formulated a theory and plan which could be carried out to solve your problem for the future. However I would recommend you to use some of the readings to help you with the formulation of theories to solve the problem. If you cannot find any relevant theories, you can always do some research in order to help and support the theory, this will give your journal further depth and will improve your own reflection.

    Good luck for the future rollovers!

    Yufan