It is also beneficial to the employee’s within a company. Companies that implement the Kaizen methodology tend to have employees that actually enjoy what they do and find their work to be satisfactory. Satisfied employees have been found to increase a company’s productivity due to their own initiative and standard. Employees that are happy in their companies are also more loyal.
Kaizen methodology significantly lowers waste in many aspects of the company, including time, energy, production, inventory, quality and in stages. It has been found to increase quality of the product, use of money, production size, area utilization, employee preservation and communications.
It is also one of the best and faster methods to bring about the desired results. It is typical for Kaizen to work on smaller problems of the company that end up having a positive affect on larger problems. Kaizen has also been found to increase processes and future processes as well due to the small changes that improve procedures and lower waste.
Perhaps one of the most unique and interesting aspects about Kaizen is that it works directly with the employees and adds value to individuals, which is often neglected in companies. Employees that are trained in the processes and feel like a valued member of a company are more willing to implement and speak out about positive changes and ideas. Those that have self-esteem and satisfaction at their job are more efficient and happy as well.
In this methodology, every single employee is involved and encouraged to look for their own set of problems within their role and sector. They are asked to analyze, review and solve problems to their capability, which ends up having an effect on the company for a much longer period of time. Companies that have implemented Kaizen have received much more employee suggestions than companies that don’t and most of these suggested end up being applied.
Shruti Bhat PhD MBA Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is Pharmaceutical R&D and Continuous Improvement Director, Innoworks Canada
Shruti leads path-breaking product development programs such as Complex Generics, Nanotechnology and Targeted delivery systems for pharmaceuticals and natural products. Her mantra is to "Shorten development timelines, build quality-by-design, lean processes and bring products fast- to- market". Shruti integrates her proficiency in Design Thinking, Lean, Kaizen and other Continuous Improvement methodologies to improve R&D processes, productivity and profitability.
Shruti is Product Development & Continuous Improvement Advisor to several start ups, mid-size and growing firms in Canada, USA, India, Africa and other Emerging markets. Shruti has authored six books and is an invited speaker at several conferences and workshops.
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