Guided by our new core value, “We Continuously Improve,” the team members at Geneva Rock are constantly on the lookout for groundbreaking solutions that boost productivity and transform the way we work. The simple process of adding QR codes has had a remarkable impact on three aspects of our operations: small tool repair, pickup swaps, and time clock changes. 

Small Tool Repair 

Before harnessing the power of QR codes, small tools would often mysteriously appear at the repair station without any context, creating confusion among our team members. 

At first, a simple QR code system was implemented. A quick scan of the code directed users to an email address, allowing them to provide essential information. The impact was immediate—information gathering became seamless, and meticulous record-keeping became a breeze. However, our relentless pursuit of perfection pushed us further. 

Tyler Manookin, an equipment dispatcher, revolutionized the process by creating a streamlined and intuitive interface using Microsoft Forms. The new system simplified data collection and became popular even among the most resistant team members. With the addition of QR codes, we not only repaired tools but also the broken gaps in communication. 

Pickup Swaps 

In the middle of our operations, pickup swaps also emerged as a source of chaos. With so many different vehicles and varying statuses on their locations—keeping everyone on the same page was a constant struggle. But then, QR codes came into play to help our team members again. 

Every pickup vehicle now proudly bears its own QR code, unlocking information with a simple scan. Once scanned, a Microsoft list springs to life, providing a comprehensive overview of the pickup’s status. Suddenly, progress tracking and informed decision-making became effortless endeavors. 

Time Clock Changes 

There have always been challenges with time clock changes—illegible handwriting, erroneous information, and vanished paper forms. But in an effort to overcome these issues, we added QR codes once again as a simple way to keep things accurate. 

After becoming frustrated with constantly disappearing paper forms, Nate Simpson proposed the game-changing solution. Mechanics can now effortlessly scan a QR code near the time clock, transporting them to an online form on their devices. No more struggling to decipher handwriting and inaccurate data. With QR codes, our mechanics have taken control of their time clock changes, requesting modifications directly from their smartphones. 

The Future is Bright 

The recent QR code success echoes throughout Geneva Rock as a great example of our commitment to continuous improvement. Processes have been streamlined, time and resources saved, and our team members have become champions of technology. As we embark on the next movement of our improvement journey, we hope to continue revolutionizing the way we work at Geneva Rock.