The Kaizen philosophy based on a company’s political and has involved in it all of the workers.
The goal of the Kaizen suggestions system:
- Increase of the workers’ desire to take creative ideas and suggestions.
- Increase of the workers’ skills.
- Increase of the company’s moral.
- Using the idea the management, productivity and quality growth can be meausred it means the idea is successful and contributes to the company’s development.
Our company is honoring the employees’ proposals: the worker who has the best idea from all of the ideas which came in a quarter year will got a gift basket. In addition, we are running a bonus system, which means that employees can monetize their points by reaching values band limits based on the evaluation scores of the ideas that are entered in the defined time period.
Our goal is that to achieve our employees’ activities the two ideas per year per employee level and the diversification of the fields where the proposals came from.
Last time at our factory meeting three of our employees have received a reward. We hope that this tendency will be continue and the Kaizen philosophy will be junction with our motto – Long term successfully together! – and lead us to achieve our 2026 vision.
What exactly is Kaizen? What does the Kaizen culture mean?
Kaizen is an improvement process based on the company’s operating policies, in which all staff members participate. Kaizen is the driving force for continuous development and a motivation to inspire employees to look at their jobs in an innovative and developing way, as the biggest expert in their job are the employees themselves. Kaizen also represents a process-oriented way of thinking and management that recognises the employees’ efforts. Kaizen developments carried out in standardised work help maximising productivity in all work areas. The key to it is the approach that considers that there is always a stage in the production process that can be improved. If we find this stage, and we can correct it, this will allow us to guarantee continuous development of the company. In general, Kaizen aims to increase competitiveness, as in completing customer requests, increasing production, improving product and/or service quality, decreasing costs, minimising loss, keeping production schedules, improving efficiency, etc. It also covers improving work morals, safety and all activities needed for the operation of the company. There is always a better solution.
What does 5S mean?
- Seiri – Selection
Defining and selecting the necessary things existing in the working environment, getting rid of everything that is unnecessary.
In case of a process this involves defining the steps that provide real value, leading to the product or service ordered. Cutting out any superfluous activities (loss).
- Seiton – Lay-out
Planning the lay-out of the tools and devices needed during the work process, finding the optimal space, labelling it, making sure that after use it is put back where it belongs to and making sure they are always available, whenever needed, ready for use.
In case of a process, this means the correct planning of the steps following each other, including provision of suitable space needed for the activities, as well as guaranteeing the availability and tidy lay-out of tools and devices.
- Seiso (soji) – Cleaning
Cleaning and tidying up own working space and tools, devices.
Cleanliness is needed for easier, quicker and safer work. It also contributes to the well-being of employees.
- Seiketsu – Standardisation/perfection
This means keeping cleanliness and tidiness (seiri-seiton-seiso).
- Shitsuke – Habits, (self-)discipline
Means learning and keeping the new rules and habits.
Creating an approach where people spot themselves the irregularities and have inner motivation to tidy up.