Productivity

Tetra Tea Tree's top 3 tips to maximise productivity

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

From rising early to fit more in to installing systems that will make working on the road easier, we find out what processes help Tetra Tea Tree get more done in less time.

Steven Muller's second-generation business makes Tetra organic mattresses and pillows, uniquely filled with natural Tea-Tree Paperbark Flakes. Established in 1949, about a million Aussie babies, children and adults have slept on Tetra products. Tetra Flakes are organic, naturally breathable, naturally anti-bacterial, naturally non-allergenic, cool in summer and warm in winter. 

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If I am working remotely I call in to the factory starts first and make sure everything is lined-up for the day.

- STEVE MULLER, TETRA

We spoke to Steve in between a post office run and a drive to one of his tea tree properties to ask what he does to maximise business efficiency and productivity:

1. Rise early

“What time do you wake up in the morning? It depends. When I am at the factory it is 6am. However I can work from home or be out and about and on these mornings it is 5.30am to sneak in an early surf which keeps me energised.”

2. Plan ahead

“If I am working remotely I call in to the factory starts first and makes sure everything is lined-up for the day. Inevitably a few must do’s come from such calls. I’m grateful to have some great people in the business, all much older than me, who like to get up at the sparrows hour and get stuck into it.”

3. Prioritise

“We are a manufacturer of organic pillows and mattresses filled with Tea Tree Paperbark flakes so while we have a production process we are still regularly challenged with supply timing. That is, the Tea Tree Paperbark is wild harvested (sustainably) and wet weather often affects the timely supply of these raw materials. That has an obvious knock-on effect and we find ourselves juggling production priorities on a daily basis.”

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