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“Undercover boss”

Every time Mark was trying to get control over his small manufacture he felt like starring in a distorted version of a popular television programme “Undercover boss”. The show follows high-level executives as they slip anonymously into the rank-and-file of their own organizations. Each week, a different leader sacrifices the comfort of their office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their business.

Technically speaking there is nothing wrong with fraternizing with the staff, spending time in the shop, making sure things are going well. “But there was not much fun in turning up at the unheavenly hour just to make sure guys were working there, not just lazing around” –  recalls Mark. “It was more like consorting with the enemy”, he adds. 

“The moment you turned around, or left the shop to tend to something urgent, they were just hanging around there, looking busy, putting in lots of hours but there was no visible progress on the orders. (…) Don’t get me wrong, we did complete them, but it was hard to predict how long it will take each time to finish something and I couldn’t pinpoint who was responsible for which task”. It was like a bad joke and Mark felt he had no control over his small-scale manufacturing business. “I see myself as a people person: you can turn the blind eye sometimes, I get that, but I am not a schnook.” Naturally, he was desperate to change something. And by sheer accident he came across Prodio. 

“I remember talking to my friend Mike [an owner of a small tool shop] over a beer and confiding in him, that I am at my wits end and it is all a complete disaster really. He listened patiently and then took out his mobile phone. I considered that rude, but after a few swipes he showed me a very simple dashboard with a production plan. My first impression was, that it is very clear and easy to read. That’s how I first saw Prodio”. 

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Mike explained, that he had been using Prodio software for a while and he was keen to show me everything. “I was a bit reluctant at first – I didn’t really plan on investing in a software, but he said, that I needn’t worry about any specialized equipment,  on-premise infrastructure, IT team of implementers or long hours of training for my workers. Prodio takes 5 minutes to set up and another 10 minutes to schedule your first production order” – he added. “Just click the trial button and you will see.”

Indeed Prodio enables to watch my inventory in real-time and better plan out our manufacturing. There is no guesswork. I know exactly what is going on with the orders. 

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We can prioritize and make adjustments to predict accurately order completion and delivery times based on manufacturing process and historical data. On top of that I make real-time changes to see where our resources would be the most productive. 

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Speaking of productivity: Mark finally felt, that he regained control over his small business. “I am able to track the time each employee spends on their tasks, as well as non-productive time. Thanks to registration of working time, we avoid lateness and see clearly where bottlenecks appear.”

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At first, there has been a lot of fear among employees, a trace of negativity. “We did say goodbye to some of our staff, but it was for the best. Those, who stayed learned to appreciate Prodio. Measuring the efficiency and performance has transformed into increase in profits of our company. The more money we make, the more likely they will get their bonus” – laughs Mark. “What’s interesting we complete the orders on time with half of the staff! I was shocked to learn that my foreman was doing some side jobs during his working hours! I feel like we have just opened a whole new chapter, and it happened just under a month!” 

Sometimes what you do, requires a leap of faith and “can do” attitude. In Mark’s case there was more of a “click of faith”, but it paid off quickly. 

Why don’t you follow in his footsteps? You can see it for yourself since Prodio offers a 14-day free trial, so you can test how easy it is to implement remote work into your business. If you need more guiding arrange a demo and our team will be happy to go through the software with you.

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