Continuous Improvement (CI) is difficult to maintain under normal circumstances, never mind when unexpected challenges arise. In this article, we will tackle some ways in which your business can continue to improve, even when times are tough.
Stay Engaged with Your Teams
Continue talking with your employees to understand what challenges they are facing - and help them navigate through solving those problems. Engage leadership to determine what roadblocks can be removed to help the team be successful.
Create Realistically Achievable Goals
As tempting as it is to reach for the stars, having realistic, sustainable goals in place prevents employees from getting discouraged and setting your company up for unrealistic expectations of growth.
Be Mindful of those Affected by the Crisis
Whether it be clients, customers, or your own employees, be sensitive to the challenges they might be facing personally or professionally by providing support and resources.
Develop a Crisis Management Plan
Last but not least, having a developed set of guidelines to fall back on in difficult circumstances can help your business continue to operate smoothly even in times of crisis. Some steps that can be considered when developing guidelines include:
Of course, the most important aspect of maintaining CI during crisis is adaptability. Being flexible as the situation changes, or even your business model, will help keep your business growing. Adonis Partners can help your company adapt through our various CI Services, which are founded on proven Lean and Six Sigma practices.
Adonis Partners strives to provide excellence through continuous improvement for its clients. Now that many of us are working remotely, we are placed in a position where we must learn how to improve and create excellence virtually. In this article, we will provide some tips on how to work with your teams virtually.
Take advantage of technology
Definitely put cameras on & mute off to see reactions and hear voices. Also - while it might be easier to simply focus on using Zoom, Skype, or Teams, you shouldn’t limit yourself to these tools. Look into other options such as file sharing, virtual whiteboards, and survey tools to improve virtual interactions.
Keep connecting on a personal level
While there’s no place to go physically for coffee in-person and catch-up on life beyond the professional realm, make the time to connect for a “virtual coffee hour” or use internal social media to share pictures of #myhomeoffice or #myfamily.
Clarify who does what but be careful about the “how”
Make sure you get crystal clear on who’s doing what when you wrap up your virtual meetings. Know your outcome and what “good” looks like but avoid the tendency to micro-manage individuals and teams by letting them decide how to get work done.
Engage authentically and realistically
Strive to do what you would do if you were in person - engage in productive conflict, have tough conversations - just do so in a way that people feel safe. Stick to your corporate values and continue to live by them. Always be real and be as transparent as you can with what you know about circumstances.
According to a Gallup survey conducted from late March to early April, 62% of employees in the United States said they worked from home during the COVID-19 crisis. The survey also said that three in five workers who are working remotely would like to continue working remotely. Based on these results, implementing sustainable strategies for working virtually will become crucial going forward.
Sustainable Benefits through Continuous Improvement ~ I am a strong believer in the importance of capability building to enable individuals and organizations in achieving sustainable benefits through continuous improvement.
What is TPM?
TPM, or Total Productive Maintenance, is a maintenance program that combines equipment maintenance with the manufacturing process. TPM was originally created by Seiichi Nakajima in Japan and was first implemented in 1971 by Nippondenso, a Toyota parts manufacturer. It has since been adopted and adapted by various organizations.
Since production relies so heavily on machines and equipment to get jobs done, the losses that can occur from any of the machines or equipment malfunctioning leads to a loss in productivity and money. TPM aims to minimize losses, increase production, and create higher job satisfaction by adopting a unique system which involves production operators in the maintenance process.
There are 6 main losses that TPM focuses on reducing:
TPM aims to eliminate these losses by implementing the 8 pillars of TPM, which are:
Why should you care?
TPM can reduce manufacturing costs by 30% and can also increase Overall Plant Efficiency (OPE). Aside from manufacturing costs and efficiency, it also saves time lost by trying to get a broken or idling machine moving. Most importantly, it helps the business run more smoothly, while also boosting morale and increasing safety for employees. Reducing the frustration placed on workers creates a better work environment and increases productivity. The focus on efficiency, equipment maintenance, and the employee satisfaction is what makes TPM a viable maintenance program to use in the production process.