Piece work (or piecework) is any type of employment in which a worker is paid a fixed piece rate for each unit produced or action performed regardless of time.
One would not attempt to lower the norm by slowing down the general speed of body movement. Instead there will be “work-bursts” with work done on a normal speed, interrupted by unscheduled breaks.
The variety of new items in leather and textile makes it impossible to set cycle times by hand but depends on experience values.
Cycle time via analysis of (secret) video footage is time consuming and may not be welcomed.
M-Box monitoring system allows you to have realistic insight in the cycle time since it monitors all workers and all work stations with registration of the work instruction (which detail is being produced). The normative cycle time can easily be determined by comparing cycle times of various workers over small intervals throughout a day.
– compare 100 intervals of 10 minutes
– Choose a bracket of “best performing” intervals according to a fair system. (blend of workers, top 20%) and determine on basis of the average cycle time in that selection. Automatic and fair.
M-Box monitoring system allows to do away with the excels and paper notes on basis of which workers get rewarded. Instead each team member can have real-time insight in their own performance via personal mobile device. No more disputes or haggling over pay-outs.