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Response to dq 1

Response to dq 1

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Based on value stream mapping, there is identification of things that are no longer valuable in a setting. In the workplace, there should be a clear understanding of how the business process works and the value of the product or service with optimization of the process cycle through efficiency. In various industries, there is consideration on remaining competitive in the global market without wastage (Ahmad et al., 2017). At the workplace, waste comes in form of employee absenteeism which could be due to poor health or lack of morale. This could affect the operations of the business. This can be eliminated by introducing safer and stress-free workplace environments and medical benefits packages. The office worker could also cause significant waste by using tons of paper for printing. This can be reduced trough the inclusion of electronic files and emails that can be easily delivered. It is also cumbersome and a waste to have a lot of storage units like cabinets for records and any other products. Ensuring that the business is paperless would save on space, time and money. The workplace also has significant waste when there is no investment in quality supplies choosing cheaper products that are usually less effective. This also occurs when the office keeps making purchases than are more than the required. In the long run, this causes waste of money and resources without focusing on sustainability (Jacobs & Chase, 2021). Instead, businesses should ensure that the supplies are of good quality rather than quantity. Moreover, waste occurs with overproduction, long waiting times and unnecessary movements. These can be minimized by improving productivity based on supply and demand, and having better focus on activities to save on time. 

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References:

Ahmad, A. N. A., Lee, T. C., Ramlan, R., Ahmad, M. F., Husin, N., & Rahim, M. A. (2017). Value Stream Mapping to Improve Workplace to support Lean Environment. In MATEC Web of Conferences (Vol. 135, p. 00032). EDP Sciences.

Jacobs, F. R., & Chase, R. B. (2021). Operations and supply chain management, Sixteenth Edition. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.