The road to the top

Fermilab Director
Nigel Lockyer

Fermilab is poised to host a world-leading accelerator-based neutrino program and to deliver on several key laboratory initiatives such as PIP-II, muon and cosmic experiments and new particle searches at the LHC. One of the ways we can ensure our success is to focus on working smarter.

Over the past several years, Fermilab introduced and implemented the human performance improvement (HPI) process in many key areas of the lab to improve efficiency, productivity, quality and safety. In areas of the lab where this philosophy has been embraced, we have seen marked improvements in work efficiency, staff morale and reduction in injury rates and injury severity.

Both a proven and powerful tool, HPI reminds us to take a step back, look at the big picture and make fundamental improvements in processes — and to work smarter. HPI shows us how to minimize the frequency and severity of incidents that result in unwanted outcomes. What are unwanted outcomes? They could be a bad product, a poor quality result, an inefficient work area, injury to a worker, damage to equipment or damage to the organization.

When we work smarter, we can spend more time focusing on the important scientific work that we do — and move closer to achieving our mission.

It’s time to expand HPI so we can realize improvements in all areas of the organization.

To fully integrate HPI labwide, all managers and employees will be requested to take either a two-day manager course or a half-day employee course. This is an opportunity to learn a philosophy and equip yourselves with the tools to engage your coworkers and help to make your group, department or division better, more efficient, safer – and smarter. HPI courses will be added to the Individual Training Needs Assessments map and included in each employee’s training plan. Both manager and employee classes will be offered every six months until we have reached our goal to educate everyone on the value of HPI.