The Goal: Changing the employees break time

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The following conflict on break times can be found on pages 151 to 178. Jonah and Alex are working together trying to look for hidden capacity on the bottleneck processes. One of the main suggestion that appears was to change the break policy so that the machine is not idle during breaks. Alex explains that the policy is a part of a contract with the unions and his issue is whether or not to change the break hours. The following cloud depicts how one can analyze the situation that Alex is facing with the break time conflict.

D: Make an excpetion to the existing contract with the unions and change the break times.
D': Comply with the existing contract with the unions and leave the break times the same.
B: Utilize the capacity that is available on the bottleneck.
C: Ensure that labor conditions within the company are satisfactory.
A: Have a stable working environment for my employees while being profitable.
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In order to Have a stable working environment for my employees while being profitable. I must Utilize the capacity that is available on the bottleneck. and in order to Utilize the capacity that is available on the bottleneck. I must Make an excpetion to the existing contract with the unions and change the break times.. But, in order to Have a stable working environment for my employees while being profitable. I must also Ensure that labor conditions within the company are satisfactory. and in order to Ensure that labor conditions within the company are satisfactory. I must Comply with the existing contract with the unions and leave the break times the same.. I can't both Make an excpetion to the existing contract with the unions and change the break times. and Comply with the existing contract with the unions and leave the break times the same..
RelationAssumption(s)Injection(s)
D-D'There is no way to keep the existing hour times and have the machine work at all times.1. If there are other policies implemented that would allow us to utilize the bottleneck capacity without having to implement the change in policy.
2.If there are two teams capable of doing set ups then you can have them come at different times allowing the company to eliminate that idle time on the machine which would allow the lunch breaks to be spread out.
3.If Alex can hire workers who are not unionized then he can create his own policies with them.
B-DBy doing so, I will allow the machine to run at all times making the company more profitable while still giving employees there break times.The D-D' approach might have loopholes at the time of doing a contract. Going through loopholes might have negative consequences that may violates the need in C.
C-D'1. The union will not allow modifications to the contract.
2. Not complying with the union contracts can lead to sanctions.
1. Jonah states that the unions have a stake in the company. If Alex is able to convince the union two have different break hours then the problem would be solved.
2. If Alex can make the exception to the contract and assure that no sanctions occur then the conflict can be avoided as seen in the book were the union was not happy with Alex’s explanation but decided to not challenge his decision.
A-BUniCo has a bottleneck machine which can be used to a greater potential and increase profit.Another suggestion by Alex and Jonah is to substitute the bottleneck with the older equipment. If the alternative of implementing the old machine is workable, and provides the enough capacity to remove the bottleneck then there will not be a need to change the lunch break hours.
A-CHaving a satisfied labor force while allow the company to be profitable.If the labor can be substituted by more automotive machines the company will be less dependent on its employees.