Short cuts. As a kid this meant cutting through a neighbors yard, or through a path in the woods at the park. I don’t know when I first heard the word used to mean “anything that shortens the time it takes to accomplish a task”, but that is the way the term is used most often today. The important thing to understand is that short cuts don’t give us more time, they just allow us to spend time differently.
Whether at work during a safety investigation or sitting in the principal’s office explaining why your paper reads like the Wikipedia entry on the same subject (maybe is ’cause I wrote that, too), here are a few of the FGA’s for why someone took a shortcut.
- I know the procedure says to shut the machine down, but by clearing the jam on the fly we saved 4 minutes of production.
- Jimmie told me to.
- I was afraid that if I went through the major intersection, a policeman might see me holding my beer.
- I didn’t think anyone really read the middle pages of the term paper.
- Because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have won.
- I was being creative.
- Because the way you showed me to do that takes too long.
- Because if we get ahead on our production, we can stay in the break room from 3 to 5 playing cards.
Don’t be in a hurry to the point you look for short cuts. It’s OK to fix processes and make them easier. In fact, every business values that. But short cuts that compromise your safety or the safety and integrity of others are not worth it.
Is there a short cut that is worth taking? Tell me about one that is a good short cut.
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there.
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