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Need To Reduce Waste in Your Workplace?There are 8 common forms of waste. These can be easily referred to using the DOWNTIME acronym. Want to find out more? Take the 3-5 minute Waste Analysis and we will send you a customised report which includes actionable tips to help you identify and reduce waste in your workplace. Click here to take the analysis.
Why Lean Training?Across Perth, Melbourne and all over Australia, Lean training enables businesses to learn time-saving methods that are specific to their industry. By learning these methods, you can provide better service to your clients and keep costs low. Reduced costs mean more profits, but it can also mean having more flexibility in how services or products are priced. This increases your ability to remain competitive, afford more expenditure towards growth, and devote additional funds to future business opportunities. Custom Designed Solutions A Lean training course is not a class that is the same for each company or industry. Every course is adjusted to meet the specific needs of the individual organization. The tips and education provided are tailored to who is taking the course. Members of management and business owners are able to look for ways to improve how their time is spent as well as how they can be more effective at reducing waste throughout the company. They leave the course able to review how work is handled on a day-to-day basis and create solutions for problem areas. Problem-solving skills are taught so every participant learns how to adapt what they have learned to individual circumstances throughout their career.
Think Perform & Continuous ImprovementIn an increasingly competitive market place, implementing Lean and/or a Continuous Improvement plan is a clever way for Leaders and Managers to improve performance and business results. There are a number of direct benefits businesses can expect from employing a Lean or Continuous Improvement plan. These include:
- Reduce waste and improve productivity
- Substantially improve quality
- Increase employee satisfaction
- Reduce costs
How we do itAt Think Perform, in Perth, Melbourne and across Australasia, we use a tried and tested approach to help businesses overcome challenges. It utilises the strong points of your business as well as employees' passions to implement ongoing results. Continuous Improvement also focuses on small changes, as opposed to dramatic changes that would significantly alter the company’s values and practices. It takes into account every person and every part of the company, as well as how everyone and everything involved can work together to make the company stronger. By starting from 'the bottom' and 'the top' simultaneously, value can be added to each level of the business. This will create consistency and stability within the business long-term.
Why it's importantProviding employees with a visual guide on the Continuous Improvement Process helps to identify critical success areas and a source clarification when required. It is a good idea to have signs or posters created and placed in a staff common area. They can also be used to highlight employee or team achievements, new initiatives and to define processes. Today’s rapidly changing and competitive marketplace requires constant improvement of current strategies and methods. Workable processes are absolutely necessary, however, you should avoid becoming devoted to a particular practice, procedure or policy. You will be surprised at the ideas your employees can provide when given the opportunity. How does the idea of continuous improvement play out at your place of business? What problems/waste could you eliminate? Contact us today.
Think Perform, Lean & 5SLean manufacturing was originally designed for discrete manufacturing, in other words, manufacturers that focus on the production of distinct items such as cars, furniture, toys, smartphones, and airplanes. Companies such as Toyota and Motorola were the first to pioneer this new waste reduction process in their businesses. Eventually the need arose for the Lean thinking process to be re-invented to also suit process manufacturing. The process needed to identify the various forms of waste in the process manufacturing procedure stream and manage those wastes with the appropriate tools and concepts. Whether there are 5 employees or 5,000 employees in your business, implementing Lean principles is a tried and tested method to improve business results. As part of the 40 year old Leadership & Performance Group, Think Perform are experts in Lean methodology, practical application and business transformation.
What does it really mean?Lean is a word that refers to a very specific business approach that ultimately leads to higher productivity by eliminating ‘waste’ in the business while retaining and optimising ‘the good stuff’. Ironically, while Lean might mean ‘to shift to one side’, the idea is all about making things more consistent across the workplace. If Toyota went from being a small company to what it is today, then so can your business. Although it might sound cliche, all it takes is the right knowledge and approach to get rid of that ‘waste’ that might be costing you time and money. The good thing about the Lean approach is that it is more about the ‘journey’ than the end result. However, most industries are too often consumed with internal, day-to-day functions to have the luxury to prioritise such a concept. Through a partnering approach with Think Perform and the implementation of Lean tools in your workplace, your business has the potential to grow to new heights. A number of businesses we've worked with reports results which include:
- Increased profitability
- Improved production
- Reduced waste
- Maintain and create new employment opportunities
The 5s SystemWhat is the 5s system? This is a question asked by many business owners who are looking to understand the benefits of the system and why they need to implement it in their workplace. With the help of 5s systems, a business improves working conditions and the working environment while simultaneously providing more value for their customers. This is done through the elimination of waste and revolves around five key principles. The 5s system consists of five key principles.
- Sorting involves going through an area and removing any unnecessary items
- Once this has been done, straighten this space
- Shine it up so everything can be put into the proper place in the future
- Standardise common actions, allowing everyone to perform the same actions when completing a task
- Finally, the company needs to sustain the new practices to make sure the new work area is kept clean