As we have covered in the first part of this guide, The basic idea of Kaizen focuses on improving processes and products while at the same time making use of employee creativity to aid in defining the way procedures and systems can be improved.
Two of the overall advantages of this philosophy include increased productivity and the ability to maintain quality products and services. It is through teamwork that one benefits not through individualism. The kaizen idea is great for creating a work atmosphere that rewards everyone.
Another advantage of kaizen is the possibility of establishing a tight-running business. Once you start practicing a method like this all of your employees will be thinking of a “conveyor belt” style and learning from one another as well as sharing ideas and suggestions for constant improvement.
Kaizen helps to improve employee satisfaction by letting the workers look over the processes and systems and make suggestions for further improvement.
Getting together for team meetings is a great way for employees to share their ideas and come up with more suggestions for improving quality.
Another great benefit of this kind of system is increased productivity because workers get more involved with the decision-making process and they are eager to see that their suggestion work. It is also an excellent way to get new employees involved right from the start when they see that everyone works together as a team.
By implementing Kaizen in your business, you can also improve safety on the work floor.
This occurs when your implemented ideas help clean-up the areas where employees work and let them have better control of equipment and processes.
Once workers see how this all works once something goes wrong, they will be ready to come together and brainstorm ideas on how to fix the situation instead of brooding about it individually. It is sort of like having a well-oiled machine in constant motion. It is good for employers because they can be sure that there will be less accident-related injuries that can result in decreased production and employees taking time off to handle medical emergencies.
Another thing you can be sure about is that if suddenly a new task emerges due to continued progress any employees who already know how to do these tasks will be ready to show others how they are done. In this way, production doesn’t have to stop for a learning process but can continue as workers learn as they go along and as they do.
You can be sure that kaizen will be of great benefit to your company, your employees and most important to your business’s productivity.