Common Mistakes Companies Make When Starting Continuous Improvement
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To help you avoid some basic errors that could prove costly, THE EFFECTIVE SYNDICATE has compiled a list of the most common mistakes people make when starting continuous improvement efforts.
1. Leadership gaps
Each project is unique and requires unique solutions. A successful business must make decisions based on experience. Leaders of the organization must be well-aligned with each other. They should motivate their respective teams to deliver the best. Their involvement, engagement and presence can make a massive difference in the growth of the business.
2. Lack of clarity
Companies need to structure the course of action with all the pros and cons mentioned in detail. This helps in clarifying the company’s vision and goals to anyone involved in the process of taking the company forward. A well-laid out plan can go a long way in providing the right direction to the employees.
3. Unhealthy work culture
Work culture needs to encourage employees to be proactive and take the initiative, support employees in their professional development, have a healthy work-life balance, and provide employees with the resources they need to do their jobs well. One cannot expect a change in companies’ processing without providing a healthy work culture.
4. Treating it like a project
Companies struggle and often fail because they treat continuous improvement as a project. It is not just about a new logo, product design or opening a new branch. If you want to successfully implement continuous improvement, you need to make it a part of the organization’s culture and the standard way of doing business.
5. Justifying Labor Reduction
Continuous Improvement efforts should never be utilized as an excuse to reduce head count. If you need to reduce your staff, do so, but don’t try to fool your staff, or yourself, that eliminating people is a way to “continuosly improve”. The moment you lay someone off in the name of Continuous Improvement, is the same moment you lose all credibility and buy in from your staff. No one wants to be the reason a peer, or they themselves, is out of a job.
We hope you gained some perspective on pursuing continuous improvement. To avoid these and other mistakes, reach out to the experts at THE EFFECTIVE SYNDICATE. We offer leadership development, process improvement, lean manufacturing, lean six sigma, and more! We serve clients across Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, South East USA, and surrounding areas.