PEOPLE INVOLVEMENT AT ALL LEVELS
People Development: People Involvement at ALL Levels
Traditional manufacturing was based on separating planning from production. However KAIZEN thinking strives to utilize its human potential to the maximum. Hence here the workplace is engaged in production planning & problem solving. The key to this system succeeding is the whole hearted involvement of all team members in the organization.
A very unique Kaizen principle is the involvement of people at all levels in the improvement journey. At all levels in the organization, improvement tasks or projects form a part of normal work. It may be to a lower or higher degree, depending on the level. This is in complete contrast to a traditional organization in which people were asked to strictly follow procedures that were specified by others. The KAIZEN FLAG is a unique demonstration of this principle. If we draw a horizontal line at each management level (as shown above in the picture) we get an indication of the time each level should focus on various activities.
At the bottom the operators spend a lot of time in maintenance and some time in improvement.In the middle, time is divided into all three activities. At the top there is relatively much less time spent on maintenance, some improvement activities and also some innovation.
by Kamal Sharma – KAIZEN Institute