Productivity – how effective you are at producing something. Productivity is on the minds of service techs and contractors everywhere, and for good reason. Productivity usually equals profits. Well-known entrepreneurs link productivity to profitability constantly:
The late American author, salesman, and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, once said, “Profitability comes from loyalty, productivity, and having a character base from which to work.”
Carlos Slim, Mexican business magnate, investor, and philanthropist (and richest person in the world from 2010 to 2013) agrees: “Profitability is coming from productivity, efficiency, management, austerity, and the way to manage the business.”
If productivity can boost profits, then it’s worth looking at ways techs and contractors can be more productive, day-to-day.
One thing that greatly impacts productivity is your working environment, and for techs and contractors, that means your work van.
Your Work Van & Your Productivity
It’s hard to deny the fact that your work van is connected to your productivity.
Adrian Steel did some research in this area, and we found that there is a connection between your work van and your productivity.
Overall, techs and contractors who use Adrian Steel’s upfit system increase organization. Increased organization can boost efficiency. When you work at optimum efficiency, you save time and frustration. Plus, you have the potential for a smoother workflow and increased earnings.
You can gauge how productive you are by how many hours you spend inside your van while on a job versus outside your van. Think you can improve? We think you can, too!
Upfits Increase Productivity
If your workflow is inefficient, there is simple solution: organization.
Organization directly impacts productivity. The more organized you are, the more productive you can be. Plus, when you use a cargo management system to organize your van, you can design your work van interior to boost productivity.
Know How You Work
The first step to creating an interior that supports productivity is to understand your workflow. It’s important to think about the tools, parts, and equipment you use daily. How and when you use them plays a part in where they should go in your work van.
Think Easy Access
Your access points are important – place tools and parts that you use frequently near your access points so you can easily find what you need, without even stepping into your van. Access points are great places to put heavy pieces of equipment, so that you don’t have to haul it across the floor.
Portable Parts Cases & Holder – mount the Cases Holder to your curbside shelving unit so that you can access it from your van’s side door. Use the Portable Parts Cases to hold small parts and tools you need frequently. The clear lids allow you to see what’s in each case at a glance, and the handles are easy to grab so that you can remove the cases quickly and go.
Partition – use your partition to mount heavy equipment like a wire cart or step ladder for easy-to-access storage near your van’s side door. The tie-down system secures equipment to the partition, keeping it organized and secured.
Spend Less Time in Your Van
With an upfit, you can quickly increase productivity and efficiency with equipment that’s designed to work like you do.
Equipment Designed Around You
When your van upfit is designed around your workflow, you can finally work at optimum efficiency. That means less time wasted inside your vehicle, looking for tools or parts. It means equipment that is easy to access, like floor drawers that slide out, ladder racks that lower the ladder to you, and drawers that lock in the open or closed position.
Less time wasted means more time saved, and when time is money, you want to save as much as possible!
Drawer Storage – keep small parts organized and easy to see at a glance with storage drawers. These drawer modules come in a variety of drawer sizes to fit your needs. They’re also very flexible – you can use them on any shelving unit, curbside or streetside. Plus, you can lock the drawers closed while in transit, then lock them in the open position once you’re at the jobsite, so you don’t have to keep opening and closing the drawers.
Drop-Down Ladder Rack – the new drop-down ladder rack lowers your ladder rack to a comfortable load and unload position so that techs 5’4” and taller can operate it easily. Innovative adjustment knobs allow techs to set up their ladder rack in seconds. And the all-new design accommodates a greater variety of ladder styles, making this ladder rack super convenient and flexible.
Happy People are More Productive
According to studies, happiness makes people more productive (read the paper ‘Happiness and Productivity’ by Andrew J Oswald, Eugenio Proto and Daniel Sgro). That’s why we’re in favor of making your work van as comfortable as possible!
Composite Partition – the new Composite Partition helps to create a more comfortable mobile office in several ways. First, by creating a sealed barrier against the walls of your van, the partition separates the cab from the cargo area. By separating and sealing the cab area, the partition allows the driver to have more climate control. Since the cab area is smaller, it takes less time to heat or cool, which means your van spends less time idling and wasting gas on temperature control. The partition is also a barrier against loud, distracting noises in the cargo area. Whether it’s your shelving, ladders, or tools making it difficult to hear and concentrate, the partition deadens the sound so you can enjoy a quieter ride. The Composite Partition also has an increased recline angle, so that you have more leg room.
Ready to Increase Productivity?
If you’re interested in learning more about how to organize your work van to boost productivity, find the local Adrian Steel distributor near you. With over 200 distributors throughout North America, it’s easy to find an Adrian Steel distributor close to your location.
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