A good business does not just happen overnight, its culture must be laid clear right from the very beginning and nurtured over the life of the business.
Creating a premier business from the offset couldn’t be easier with the implementation of Kaizen and the help of Rapid Formations, the UK’s leading start-up experts.
What is Kaizen?
Kaizen is a Japanese business philosophy which advocates the improvement of work practices and personal efficiency in the workplace. Kaizen literally translates as ‘improvement’. It directly refers to activities which improve the company over a continuous period. It involves all employees, from the CEO to the apprentices, in a combined effort. One of the major tips for improving business over a period of time is that of preventing the rigid hierarchal nature of the business, and continued training of the business and everyone in it can help to achieve this. The term can also refer to processes, such as manufacturing techniques. It can also be applied in other industries such as healthcare, banking and government.
A key tenet is the elimination of waste in business practices. It first appeared after the Second World War, taking inspiration from American business and teachers who visited Japan during post-war relations. The effectiveness of this process has allowed it to spread across the world and be implemented outside of business.
How to Apply It in Business
There are a number of ways that you can ensure that the philosophy of Kaizen is an integral part of your company from the outset. It is a powerful concept which can truly help the quality of a business; this is especially true in a service based industry. Implementation methods include:
- Training – At the beginning of a company, training is essential. You can train your initial employees, who can then go on to train future employees and so on. A culture of training and improvement in a company is the key to developing an environment of ideas and innovation.
- Team Building – Creating solid teams is also important when improving the company. It should include experts, but also people who are willing to challenge the status quo and strive for innovations in methodology.
- Developing Improvement – This is where records and brainstorming are used to determine the changes that need to be made over a period of time. Collecting data from the company, analysing it and then working out what change needs to be made as a result.
- Implementing Change – The final stage is implementing change when it is identified as needing to be put into place. You should assess the impact of these changes, first over a one month period and then over a period of a year to ensure that it is effective.
The Benefits of Kaizen
In the long-term, Kaizen helps to reduce waste in employee skills, transportation, over production quality and other process areas. Continuous improvement means the increase in quality of your company. Having implemented this from the outset, your company can benefit from an obvious growth path that will leave your employees and customers alike more satisfied.
When a problem does arise it also means that your company should have developed the necessary problem-solving skills to deal with it. Your teams will work together more effectively, offering a more cohesive strategy-building technique whilst maintaining the company brand and ethos. This all translates to the saving of money and turning potential losses into profits, with the right attitude and company strategy.