Here’s a little experiment: look at a photo of an elephant, put it away, and try not to picture the elephant within the next few seconds. Go. Now.

Done? The picture of the elephant was on your mind the whole time, wasn’t it? That’s your brain at work. It has a will of its own. See, all sensory information enters our brain. There’s no stopping it. And once we see, hear, smell, taste, or feel something, we will respond to it no matter what. We take action, even if we don’t want to. It’s nature. And that’s an interesting piece of information when it comes to Visual Management.

One trigger can do the trick

Humans need very little information to form a picture of a situation. One trigger can do the trick. This means you should avoid communicating a wealth of data. In fact, people will get confused, as they can’t interpret it. The less you share, the greater their ability to set things in motion. So, it all comes down to showing them the right information — that is, real-time, actionable data that helps employees make decisions and solve problems as they occur.

The thing is, a small piece of highly relevant information will spur an employee to take action. The brain will absorb it and take over, ordering the individual to respond to it. To encourage this process, you should share data in the right way: make it appealing, provide context, and use colors to attract attention. In our culture, for example, the color red represents alarm.

This way, you’ll make sure people on the work floor stay focused and get the most out of themselves — even if their minds wander for a second, they will respond to the data you share and be back on track!

Time for an effective information sharing strategy

Want to explore your Visual Management opportunities? Please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to perform a Quick Scan and discuss your information sharing strategy.