Model Box Nr. 105

«Care» - Spring 2018

Care is a word with positive connotations. However, it isn't just a virtue, but also a statutory obligation for employees, employers, suppliers and drivers.

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Model Box Nr. 105 - «Care»
Model Box Nr. 105 - «Sorgfalt»

Dear Reader Care is a word with positive connotations. However it isn't just a virtue, but also a statutory obligation for employees, employers, suppliers and drivers.

We often face demands to deliver maximum value – no mistakes, no exceptions, and 100 % reliability. Yet the economic law of diminishing marginal utility teaches us that the final step to perfection is unbelievably expensive. Psychiatry, meanwhile, offers tragic examples of fear of making mistakes having led to manic controlling behaviours.

So how do we find the right balance between the need to exercise care, and the need for productivity? Economics provides the answer: taking care can result in additional costs, because it comes at the expense of speed, or because of final quality controls. These costs nonetheless represent a good investment if they are lower than the damage associated with a mistake caused by careless work. There are a number of low-hanging fruits to be harvested here: it doesn't take a superhuman effort to abide by safety rules, but doing so prevents terrible accidents. Any software can quickly check the spelling in a document, and thus spare considerable embarrassment. It's always worth reading contracts through critically before signing them, to avoid getting caught out. A to-do list avoids the annoyance of missed appointments.

Often, due care has no additional costs at all if it is achieved by a high degree of concentration at work. You can help us to create the right conditions for that concentration.

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Further topics of this issue

  • 03 Editorial
  • 04 CEO's report
  • 05 COOs report
  • 09 CTO's report
  • 10 Organisation 2018
  • 12 Our locations
  • 14 Investments
  • 18 Packaging trends in 2018
  • 20 WORLD of Cardboard
  • 23 Trade fair preview and publicaton details
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Often the due care is to have without any additional costs: by high concentration at work. Help to create the necessary conditions.
Beat Amberg
Group Controller, Model Group
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