Productivity Improvement is for Everyone
There are two contrasting approaches to improving productivity in companies:
- the gradualist approach – Kaizen
- the great-leap approach – Innovation
Kaizen means improvement. Moreover, it means continuing improvement in one’s personal life, home life and working life. When applied to the workplace, Kaizen means continuing improvement that involves everyone – managers and workers alike.
Japanese companies generally favor the gradualist approach and Western companies the great-leap approach. Innovation is dramatic, a real attention-getter. Kaizen, on the other hand, is often undramatic and incremental.
In fact, every Japanese company concentrates on Kaizen or an employee involvement program, because it is within the control of every manager and supervisor. It is less expensive than capital investment (innovation). It enhances the quality of work life; it recognizes participative management; it improves quality of products
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