The Japanese concept of Kaizen can be baffling in its subtle blend of improvement philosophy, culture and approach. For those who take the trouble to properly understand and apply the Kaizen philosophy, the investment of effort is well justified by the payback, in terms of employee motivation, customer focus and productivity. For many its results have been startling.

‘Kaizen’ in Japanese means “improvement” or “change for the better”. Kaizen involves a continuous effort by every employee to ensure improvement of all organisational processes and systems. In a sense Kaizen is part action plan and part philosophy. It is also about building a culture where all employees are actively engaged in suggesting and implementing improvements to the organisation.

Starting with the concepts & principles, this one-day Kaizen and 5S training course addresses the five elements of Kaizen:

  • Teamwork
  • Personal Discipline
  • Improved Morale
  • Quality Circles
  • Suggestions for Improvement

The morning of the course provides an overview of Kaizen & the development of an organisation’s Kaizen strategy, whilst the afternoon focuses further on applying Kaizen principles & tools, with a strong focus on 5S. Although an integrated programme, these sessions can also be attended individually as separate courses.

Kaizen Overview & Strategy

  • Origins & Principles of Kaizen
  • Kaizen Objectives
  • Relationship to other improvement approaches
  • PDCA
  • Running an organisational Kaizen initiative
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Being a Kaizen Leader
  • The 5 Key Elements, purpose & interrelationship
  • Teamwork considerations
  • Building Personal Discipline
  • Improving Morale
  • Identifying Kaizen Projects
  • Quality Circles
  • Suggestions for Improvement

Kaizen Tools

  • Process Analysis
  • Waste elimination/Muda
  • The 5 or 6 Lean Principles
  • The Seven or Eight Wastes
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • 5S Introduction and Background
  • How 5S assists Kaizen
  • Visual Management and Standard Practice
  • Red tagging
  • 5S System Implementation and Teamwork
  • 5S Maintenance
  • The sixth ‘S’ (Safety)
  • Poka Yoke Mistake Proofing

This course is suitable for anyone involved or interested in improving the efficiency of a workplace, whether that is in the capacity as an operator, team member, manager, improvement specialist or director.  It is also suitable for manufacturing and production environments, laboratories and offices alike.

By the end of this Kaizen and 5S training course, you will be able to:

  • appreciate the nature and tools of the Kaizen approach
  • understand when, where & how to implement it
  • understand the types of waste that occur when carrying out tasks.
  • broaden your knowledge and skills to implement and use a Kaizen approach & appropriate tools
  • focus appropriately on teamwork, personal discipline & morale and understand how your personal contribution can improve others’ productivity too along with the competitiveness of their organisation.

The 1 day course includes a range of modules and interactive workshops to encourage team discussions on how implementing the Kaizen Strategy within your organisation can improve employee motivation, customer focus and productivity. Schedule the course to take place at your offices, a venue of your choice or online on your preferred date.

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