Benefits of Continuous Improvement
The benefits of continuous improvement are wide and varied. Firstly, employing the ideas for improving process in the organisation that have been created by the team, makes the new processes practical and believable to employees. Secondly, once employees see their ideas being implemented, they will be more inclined to find new ways to improve other processes. Employees feel empowered by the new process and it will reinforce their commitment through better teamwork and higher motivational levels. This will all lead to greater productivity and a happier work environment. Finally, implementing continuous improvement will reduce efficiency waste and will encourage more ‘small wins’ by doing less. This will lead to lower costs, higher quality outcomes and ultimately improve organisational performance.
Which continuous improvement tool to use is dependent on the context of the organisation. As each organisation is unique, so will be the continuous improvement tools used. At Southpac, we teach a variety of tools to our participants including analysis, improvement measures, charts, diagrams root-cause analysis, as well as higher level transformational projects such as Kaizen events.