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Kaizen consultancy

Kaizen consultancy

WHAT is Kaizen?

Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. Kaizen was originally introduced to the West by Masaaki Imai in his book Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success in 1986. Today Kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization’s long-term competitive strategy. Kaizen is continuous improvement that is based on certain guiding principles:

  • Good processes bring good results
  • Go see for yourself to grasp the current situation
  • Speak with data, manage by facts
  • Take action to contain and correct root causes of problems
  • Work as a team
  • Kaizen is everybody’s business
  • And much more!

Benefits of Kaizen

  • Kaizen involves every employee in making change in most cases small, incremental changes
  • It focuses on identifying problems at their source, solving them at their source, and changing standards to ensure the problem stays solved
  • It's not unusual for Kaizen to result in 25 to 30 suggestions per employee, per year, and to have over 90% of those implemented
  • employees working in Kaizen-based companies generally find work to be easier and more enjoyable, higher employee moral and job satisfaction, and lower turn-over
  • Kaizen reduces waste in areas such as inventory, waiting times, transportation, worker motion, employee skills, over production, excess quality and in processes
  • Kaizen Improves space utilization, product quality, use of capital, communications, production capacity and employee retention
  • Kaizen Provides immediate results. Instead of focusing on large, capital intensive improvements, Kaizen focuses on creative investments that
  • continually solve large numbers of small problems. Large, capital projects and major changes will still be needed, and Kaizen will also improve the capital projects process, but the real power of Kaizen is in the on-going process of continually making small improvements that improve processes and reduce waste
  • In Kaizen, problems are opportunities to improve
  • Operator’s reactions are good because they have been involved and informed
  • Costs and investments reduced
  • Create an atmosphere were employee suggestions are valued
  • Makes employees more vigilant in looking for improvements
  • Creates awareness that even small improvements are important
  • Provides a system where such improvements are communicated to other employees
  • Empowers employer
  • Enriches the work experience and brings out the best in every person
  • Improves quality, safety, cost structures, delivery, environments, throughput and customer service
  • You and your people already know what to change and how to do it! That is the Power of your company and the most important resource: your people