Training is a must. It is the path of least resistance for companies looking to add contents to their line of services. The alternative is time spent on trial and error inside pack outs and at the cleaning line. To be sure there is nothing wrong with that approach. You will eventually figure things out. For example: How do I know the exact number of people to bring on any given pack out? I know because I’ve been on several with a variety of personnel combinations.
The problem with training of any kind; be it fitness or cognitive, is that there is always a tendency to fall back on habits. Some habits (like a daily shower) are good. Problems occur when habits are messy and inefficient.
Anyone can pack out a house. Most of us have done this when moving at some time in our lives. We cannot however take that experience and apply it to a fire loss or a water loss when time is of the essence and a clear inventory is vital. So there is training. We learn procedures that lead to efficiency. More importantly, the procedures are calculated to push contents through your facility for different cleaning methods. (Aqueous, delicate hand cleaning, upholstery, electronics etc.)
Training provides steps. Follow the steps and see your way to the end of the claim with certainty that everything inventoried went back clean, without odor and without damage.
But why not fall back to the old way? Ditch the digital inventory for a few room photos and item description on boxes. It will be faster and less stressful.
False! Cutting corners on the pack out will only push problems into production. Lost items and longer clean times leads to sacrificing quality control.
Remap your organizational behavior patterns completely by:
- Committing fully to a tablet style software system that executes reports and holds people accountable for their inventory.
- Hold people accountable. Tasks are a part of project management. Each pack out is a unique project. Assign tasks!
- Label everything! The number of iPad’s, vaults, cleaning stations, etc.
- Measure success. Cleaning logs, average times spent at the pack out combined with referral letters and fewer crises (you know what I mean), reinforces the new path you have set.
In short time the old way will seem Ludicrous to anyone on your staff. New hires will be brought into a successful culture and bad habits a distant memory.