After a very difficult few months in every sense, we’re here to help you make 2021 the year of operational excellence for your business. There are many factors that contribute to achieving this, from the implementation of visual management products to instantly and effectively convey information, to a Lean management methodology that leads to increased productivity and reduced waste through minimalism.
Another key way to improve your processes is employee engagement. After all, if your own staff don’t truly believe in the culture you’re promoting, there will always be inconsistency and discrepancies. Energising your employees can take many forms and comes with multiple benefits, which are explained below.
When a department or team falls behind on targets, it’s sometimes down to just a few members or even a single individual. This may not be their fault, as it could be a case of them requiring further training or a more specific way of being managed.
Remember that human beings aren’t machines – we each have our own methods of learning, working and improving our abilities. By giving each member of staff the focus they deserve, you can tailor your approach to bringing out their full potential.
Continuous improvement is at the core of a successful business. There are always areas of operations that can be improved, even if it’s just tiny tweaks every now and then. However, locating clunky processes can be very hard work, as the problem may be concealed within the wider operational framework or initially appear to be an inherent state that can’t be altered.
This is where creativity comes into play, as the freedom to look at everything from a fresh perspective and question seemingly established facts can lead to the uncovering of issues. Allowing staff to take part in creative problem-solving is also an exceptional means of engaging them on a whole new level, as it proves to them that their ideas and opinions are valued by the business.
As continuous improvement suggests through its very name, there will always be room for processes and systems to be enhanced and optimised. Giving employees the opportunity to offer feedback not only provides the company with access to a melting pot of ingenuity, it also keeps staff motivated and can significantly improve job retention, innovation and morale.
When a process is improved, you need to acknowledge it as an achievement. Whether this is a case of sharing it through your visual management boards, or going a step further and offering incentives such as free lunches, certificates and other rewards, the celebration of accomplishments will always lead to more of them in the future.
If you’ve embraced Lean management, it needs to be embedded into your culture throughout the entire organisation. This doesn’t just mean employees, it also applies to you and the rest of the senior management team. When you lead by example, you inspire employees to do the same. The result is an unstoppable Mexican wave of operational excellence.
We’re a team of visual management and Lean management specialists who believe that every business should have the tools to improve, develop and grow. To discover how we can help you to be more efficient in what you do, get in touch on 01482 296451 or fill in our contact form.
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