The Time of Day When Errors Happen
- Mistakes Occur When Crews Change
- Running Short-Handed is Not Effective
It's hard to prove those conclusions without a wealth of data to back it up. A short sighted viewpoint would conclude that there is little effect on press production. And that running short handed may even save an employer some money. But as the data shows, the employer pays in other ways.
So how do you avoid it? Here I offer no solution as I said at the outset. Everyone has to eat. People have to go the bathroom. Inevitably, pressmen will have to cover for one another. Perhaps a better question would be "How do you minimize these factors?"
What We Did
We have since taken steps to ensure that the crew is never short handed. Management comes out if need be to help relieve those going for lunch. We also try to avoid lunch rotations when doing complex make readies. Beyond that, it's hard to come up with a solution. But hey, solving print problems was never easy anyway.