A colleague of mine, who is in over the Worker's Advocacy Program, is
having a challenging time motivating the staff of data entry personnel who
are responsible for inputting dosimeter records. This task is a tedious,
mundane, tiring, and dirty. Currently, the staff is staged at Records
Storage where they are indexing binders of names in over 200 boxes. Each
box takes approximately two weeks to index because they have to go through
each sheet of paper in the binder/box and check the names against a locator
database. If the names are not identified in the database, they have to
input the information corresponding to the individual listed on the sheet.
Individual sheets can contain up to 200 names. For retrieval purposes,
they have to identify the box, binder, and page numbers on each name.
OCR/scanning has not helped with this process because of speed and lack of
Can anyone give us suggestions on process improvements (even if it is the
purchase of a top of the line scanner), but MOSTLY how to motivate a staff
that is performing mundane work? I would like some suggestions on
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you can give us.
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
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