Kaizen and Continuous Improvement
Kaizen is a Japanese word that is commonly translated as Continuous Improvement. Kaizen is not just a definition, it is a culture that is lived day by day in the companies that implement this term.
In Japan, the term is completely cultural. Everyone in the organization has the philosophy of “Today better than yesterday, tomorrow better than today", and that includes from the smallest ladder in the organization (cleaning staff, cleaners, cooks, etc.), to the top managers (Managers and Directors) going through absolutely all the production and administrative staff.
The Kaizen Continuous Improvement programs begin with the establishment of goals (KPIs) that must be visible and measurable for the entire organization.
Thinking Kaizen is not a matter of a philosophy at work. It is a philosophy that must be lived with, even at home and in daily life.
Among the many benefits of a Kaizen philosophy, are:
- Proactively improve production
- Reduce manufacturing waste
- Increase the involvement of staff
- Increase customer satisfaction
- The company that continually improves, is continuously successful.