Work Smarter, Not Harder

You have all heard the expression “Work smarter, not harder.” When I graduated from NCSU with a degree in Industrial engineering, this expression had been a major theme throughout my studies, since I.E. focuses on improving efficiency throughout the manufacturing process. The concept of “working smarter” may have originated with manufacturing, but there’s no doubt it applies to other industries, and it especially applies to the world of federal contracting. At the beginning of my engineering career, I performed Time and Motion studies at a General Motors assembly plant In Baltimore. Part of my job was to find ways to allow workers to do their jobs more efficiently and safely by carefully analyzing their work area. For example, in the Brake & Axle Area, I could see that making a simple adjustment to the location of parts and tools in relation to the work area [...]