Quick and Easy
Kaizen, or Mini Kaizen, is aimed at
worker satisfaction, all from a very grassroots level.
Kaizen mindset rules. Every company
employee is encouraged to
come up with ideas however small that could improve his/her particular job
activity, job environment or any company process for that matter. The
employees are also encouraged to implement their ideas as small changes can
be done by the worker him or herself with very little investment of time.
Quick and Easy Kaizen helps
eliminate or reduce wastes, promotes personal growth of employees and the company, provides
guidance for employees, and serves as a barometer of
leadership. Each Kaizen
may be small, but the cumulative effect is tremendous.
Kaizen Strategy: 7 Conditions for Successful
Quick and easy Kaizen
empowers employees, enriches the work experience and brings out the best
in every person. It
improves quality, safety, cost structures, delivery,
environments, throughput and
The Quick and Easy Kaizen process works as
The employee identifies a problem, waste, or an
opportunity for improvement and writes it down.
The employee develops an improvement idea
and discusses it with his or her supervisor.
The supervisor reviews the idea within 24 hours and
encourages immediate action.
The employee implements the idea. If a
larger improvement idea is approved, the employee should take leadership
to implement the idea.
The idea is written up on a simple form in
less than three minutes.
Supervisor posts the form to share with and
stimulate others and recognizes the accomplishment.
Three Key Characteristics
changes. Change the method. Once the change is made, you cant go back
to the old way of doing things.
Continuous flow of small ideas. The smaller ideas, the better. Kaizen is small ideas.
Innovation takes time and is costly to implement, but kaizen is
just day-to-day small improvements that when added together
represent both enormous savings for the company and enormous
self-esteem for the worker.
Immediate local implementation. Be realistic.
Kaizen is done within realist or practical