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.

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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 Improvement

In 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
Continuous improvement is a method of looking for ways to improve an organisation’s systems, create a dynamic working environment, promote teamwork and the creativity of all employees. We use a completely customisable five step plan to clearly identify what your business needs, or doesn’t need, and our experienced facilitators will guide your people through each step towards your business goals.

How we do it

At 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 important

Providing 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 & 5S

Lean 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 System

What 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
Many business owners equate this system with simple housekeeping. The system is actually much more than this, as it serves as a visual tool to engage employees. Everyone must participate in the system if it is to work properly, while housekeeping tasks are usually reserved for just a few individuals. The system isn't perfect either. It must constantly be refined to meet the needs of the company and, when a problem is identified, changes need to take place to improve system's sustainability.

Measuring progress

Business owners find they need to offer metrics to measure progress as the company moves through the system. For example, when a company first starts using the system, removing unnecessary items from a work space may be enough to satisfy employees. Once the system has been used for a period of time, however, a higher standard is needed. Employees need to start identifying items that are no longer necessary and pinpoint problem areas to find solutions to these issues. This ensures the system is sustained over the long term, rather than needing to be completed regularly, simply because things have reverted to the way they were before the 5s principles were implemented. A 5s system checklist can be of great help in measuring progress on an ongoing basis.

Implementing the system

Put a plan in place to implement the 5s system in the workplace. One plan many business owners achieve success with involves a four-step process known as Plan-Do-Check-Act. During the planning stage, a committee is formed to oversee the process and a plan put into place for implementation of each step. Next, during the do stage of the process, the committee announces the program, sets a timetable and begins training and educating the employees in how to complete the process in their work area. An evaluation of the results takes place during the check stage, and the act stage involves examining what has been done and what preventative and corrective actions need to be taken to make the program sustainable.

Use of the 5s system benefits a company in numerous ways. Customers acquire a more positive image of the company, employee morale boosts, and productivity improves, while waste within the company is minimised or eliminated completely and costs decrease. The entire culture of the business changes as a result of implementing the 5s principles, and everyone feels better about where they work. It's a great way to improve a company in every area, and yet one doesn't have to spend a fortune to implement the program. Business owners can start the process today without investing any money simply by removing unnecessary items. Once this has been done, the motivation to continue and succeed is present, and it shows in every employee.

What's next?

The results your company will achieve from following the Lean methodology will always depend on the time and effort you are willing to spend to properly implement it. But with the right amount of planning and implementation you should see results in a relatively short time and will be able to measure how successful this process has been to your business.

The key is to have a plan and get started.

Would you like an actionable, step-by-step plan to improve your business results? Speak with our experienced team today.