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Trim the "fat" and help your organization GET LEAN!

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Jun 13, 2011

Over the past several years, many companies have been operating with the mind-set of "doing more with less".  Lean Training has been designed to reduce operating costs, improve cycle-times, develop services and quality while making the best use of limited resources (man-power, space, and information). 

The concept of Lean Processes can be applied to any industry - whether professional services, hospitality, or even government.  It's all about trimming out what you don't need and taking advantage of what you have.  Lean Training helps companies reach their best potential without increating a draw on resources and without being detrimental to employee morale. 

In fact, Lean generates excitement within an organization because individuals, working units, departments and even the entire organization have a chance to improve the way they complete every days tasks that create value for their customers.

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"5 S" is one aspect of Lean and describes how the workplace should be organized by building a clear understanding of how work should be completed and instilling ownership within each employee.  The 5 S's are:  Sorting, Straightening, Shining, Standardizing, and Sustaining. 

"Kaizen" is another aspect of Lean philosophy.  Kaizen is Japanese for "change for the better" and represents organization's commitment to utilize Lean as a strategic tool for continuous improvement. 

Because of the excitement Lean brings to a group, those involved in the Lean Institute where interested to know how they compared to others utilizing the program.  Lean is not about competing with another, rather continuing to improve yoursself, your department, and your organization. 

Here is a brief overview of what Lean is all about: 

  • Redeploying staff and processes in value-added ways

  • Learning process improvement applications that related to you and your company

  • Identifying your key process issues that effect and inhibit productivity at your facility

  • Process mapping the functions of one of your facilities

  • Creating a culture of best practices within your organization

  • Discovering how to reduce cycle-time and make on-time delivery a promise that can be kept

  • Creating tools for consistent and continuous measurement of what matters most

  • Removing activities in areas that do not provide value

  • Eliminating non-essential expenses

  • Realizing additional resources that are now available for key activities

  • Utilizing talent and processes more effectively to reduce costs and improve the bottom line of the company

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Topics: motivating employees, value-add, lean, process improvement, workplace, Employers Group, management, rewarding employees