“Renew the heart and make it good”, Kaizen is a Japanese term that can be translated as, “constant improvement for the good”.
Kaizen is the philosophy at the forefront of Toyota Motor Company’s operations. It is considered one of the world’s greatest manufacturers. There is even a book written about “The Toyota Way”.
Kaizen: Constant Improvement
At the heart of Kaizen is teamwork, making the philosophy a team building strategist’s dream! Every employee is encouraged to share his/her ideas for improvement and the smallest changes will often get consideration and implementation. Team members at Toyota are encouraged to find the minor details that could use improvement, and to make the improvement. Unorganized filing system? Sort the papers, alphabetize, color code, done.
That sounds pretty basic right? Elementary thinking you may say. Well, even the most common sense approaches might come to a screeching halt if management doesn’t deem them an appropriate use of time. For instance- purging files.
Many companies restrict file purging as part of the work process. However, ANYONE who works in an office knows how quickly paperwork piles up and gets out of date, rendering it obsolete and useless. With all that pile up comes clutter, physical and mental, and that stops up the works.
It can be time management battle just to get even a couple of hours out of an entire year to go through the clutter and get rid of what is no longer needed, but it isn’t rocket science. Giving your employees time each quarter to go through their paperwork, clean out their offices and start fresh is essential for optimum productivity.
When you focus on clearing the old you tie up loose ends and clear a little space on your plate. You’re team is sure to feel renewed and ready to face challenges ahead.
Kaizen works for many reasons:
- It empowers employees to be decision makers
- It eliminates waste for your company
- Low cost, high impact results
- Savings can be used for your next team building event!
There are many more reasons why Kaizen is a philosophy every company should consider implementing. There are courses and certifications available to learn the deeper philosophies. There are also several books written about it. Maybe this one would be a good for your team’s book club?!
What are your thoughts? Are you familiar with Kaizen?
Have you made any small changes that had a huge impact on your team’s morale? We’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment below!
Company culture is becoming a more important aspect of the workplace. Now more than ever, companies are going all out to provide a wonderful experience for their employees. The focus has shifted to making sure they’re happy, engaged and having fun at work. After all, it’s a big factor when choosing where to work. Having fun is key to effectively managing and improving employees’ productivity as it contributes directly to your company culture. It also improves teamwork, builds better trusting relationships and can help increase retention rates.
Team building exercises with PowerPoints and icebreakers are great. But if you really want your team to come together than blurting off odd facts probably won’t cut it. When you’re looking to get your corporate team out of the office and interacting with each other, check out these 9 Best Team Building Activities in Atlanta.
As per the season, the TeamBonding team celebrated the holidays with a bang. Each year, the entire TeamBonding team kicks off the holidays with our annual holiday party. It’s always a new activity or adventure we haven’t done before. It gets hard trying to come up with new fun things to do and one-upping the year before. We try to do different activities each time and this year was no different. For our big surprise this year, we went to The Studio Kitchen at Kingston Collection in Kingston, MA.
Welcome to the new and improved TeamBonding site! We are excited to announce the launch of TeamBonding’s newly designed website. We hope you like our new site which was designed with our new slogan “Where Work Meets Play” in mind. We streamlined it to be more user-friendly and reflective of our company values. The site is compatible with tablets and smartphones, making it easy for you to keep in touch on-the-move.
When you’re making your New Year’s resolutions, keep in mind what you achieved in the past year, both positives and negatives. The truth is, while we can make as many New Year’s resolutions as we want, they won’t come to fruition if you don’t actually have the motivation and care to.
Last Week TeamBonding Celebrated Giving Tuesday in a Big Way! David and Wendy Goldstein, the owners of TeamBonding, decided to encourage donations by matching every staff member’s individual donation. As a result of David and Wendy’s generosity, and the generosity of our incredible team, we were able to raise $2,000 for a variety of charities. It was a heartwarming display of kindness and collaboration from the TeamBonding crew and their leaders. Our team explains why they gave to their chosen charities below.
I’m Michael Carroll – business enthusiast, student and currently TeamBonding marketing and sales intern. This fall as part of my internship I will be focusing on increasing SEO traffic and analyzing sales processes. In my posts, I’m going to be sharing some of my young, but wise expertise and bringing you behind the scenes. I’ll be posting blogs on what goes on during these activities while using my observations to share my experiences. This time team building came to TeamBonding with ice sculpting.
This year TeamBonding celebrated Thanksgiving with our very own Teamsgiving hosted by David and Wendy Goldstein, the owners of TeamBonding. As you can probably imagine, things can get a bit busy in the TeamBonding offices. From facilitating events all over the country to developing a new and improved website, we have our hands full. In the spirit of the holiday season, we decided to take a step back and give thanks to our incredible team with a Teamsgiving celebration. Check out some of the highlights below:
Sure, Halloween is for trick-or-treating and dressing your kids up in cute costumes, but we think the adults deserve a treat too! It’s National Pumpkin Day and we’re bringing you three creative ways to incorporate pumpkins into your next grown-up party!
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