For those who uses tools at work, commonly known as skilled workers, there will always be a time when you will be asked to finish your tasks in a short amount of time. If you want to overcome these situations, you will have to improvise by using a different set of tools to complete the work.
However, you should keep in mind that there are always risks involved when we try to improvise, especially if you don’t have all the right tools. Improvising might impress your colleagues or superiors, but you should never compromise your health and safety just to get the job done.
Make sure that you’re completely aware of issues that may happen if you end up using the wrong tools or (or even the right tools, the wrong way):
- You may get injured. For example, instead of using a screwdriver to open an electronic device, you resorted in using a knife or a fork to do it. You might end up hurting yourself since these tools were not originally made for that particular task.
- Delay or loss of work hours. It takes more time to finish the job if you do not use the appropriate tool. A good example is when you use a mop to polish a marble floor. There’s a reason why there are polishing equipments.
- It requires more effort on your part. Using our earlier example of a mop for a polishing task, it would be harder for you to arrive with the same results if you do not use the intended tool for the job.
- You may damage the tools itself. Because you are not using the tool for its original purpose, the job itself might be compromised- and what’s worse, it might also damage the tools which may be deducted by your employer from your salary.
- Substandard work output. Because you are not using the correct tool to get the job done, you cannot expect to produce the same results. When you’re using the right tools for the job, you will have the positive results.
Positive results are almost a guarantee everytime that you use the right tool to get the job done. There’s a reason why such tool exists. It’s because you can perform the job more effectively, and safely, with the use of the right equipment.
Haste makes Waste
Always keep in mind that haste makes waste, no matter what you do for a living. Even if it means that you will not be able to deliver it the expected short amount of time- as long you do it properly and safely without risking your health and safety, as well as other people, you should continue to be proud of the work that you do.
When you adhere to safety guidelines and regulations, you can immediately avoid the risk of disasters and injuries. Since you’re also adhering to the correct tools and procedures, it’s highly unlikely for you to get injured. You will also get to complete the job done quicker and easier.