I have noticed that there are two primary reasons I post to this site. The first is that I am running out of things to do at work and something is on my wind that I think is worth sharing with others. The second is that something is either making me really happy and really annoyed and I want to get the thoughts out of my head.
This post spawned on the latter of the two. A non defined process for things really gets to me and makes me feel like it can be done so much more efficiently if a little time was taken to think and plan it out. I keep running into this at my current job. Every time I have to do a task that is tedious or doesn’t have a defined way to do it I will try and find a good way to accomplish the task. Often times I will not know a good way to do it until after I have completed it and think some more. This is helpful for when the same or a similar task will need to be done again. Many tasks like that have no defined way to do them so when people do them they do it their way and it makes a mess of things for the next person that has to do it.
So far I have given my two cents about this kind of thing at work and often times something new is put in place as a result. But other times people just go own making a mess of things for others. Having a process is very helpful in a team environment. I understand that everyone has their way of doing things and I would be happy to change my methods if people have better more efficient ways to do something. The major problem is that everyone here is quite smart. Most intelligent people have this problem where their way is the right way no matter what. Many of them are not willing to admit that someone else found a better way to do something and thus do not adopt this better method. This causes further inefficiency and often times spawns tense relationships among co-workers. Hopefully people can start to realize that everyone has good ideas and when you combine those ideas and work as a team it makes workflow smoother and creates a better environment for everyone.