5 ideas for continuous improvement in the workplace

During this article, we delve into five innovative approaches for fostering continuous improvement within your workplace. Join us as we explore fresh ideas to drive organizational success.

Customers and business partners are placing ever-higher demands on the service levels your organization provides. This is why ‘continuous improvement’ is a great way to keep your organization moving with the times.

But what is continuous improvement exactly? And what tools and methods are available to assist you?

 

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Continuous improvement is a series of incremental adjustments intended to improve productivity, quality, and turnaround times.

Often, it includes a financial dimension – cost limitation, which may either be the actual purpose of implementing continuous improvement or merely an incidental benefit.

But, most importantly, continuous improvement isn’t about taking one-off measures. As its name suggests, it’s all about improvements on an ongoing basis, i.e. it’s a process.

What’s more, it encourages more personal initiative and greater self-reliance in the workplace, as staff suggest and implement improvements themselves.

 

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We can split the process of continuous improvement into three steps:

  1. The first step involves generating and analyzing suggestions for improvement.  This is the orientation phase in which you identify your organization’s core values and objectives, and link these to your customers’ needs and requirements. Next, you need to determine to what extent your current operational processes align with your ideal picture.
  2. The second step involves implementing the suggestions for improvement from Step 1. And don’t forget to involve as many stakeholders as possible – employees from various departments, suppliers, customers, etc.
  3. And the third step focuses on monitoring and learning. It’s also important to check whether the improvements you’ve implemented actually have the desired effect.

The more consistent you are, the more benefits continuous improvement provides. Processes also run more smoothly and more cost-effectively because throughput times decrease and become less error-prone. What’s more, you learn more about your customers, and your staff gain greater insights into your organization’s broader objectives. Ultimately, this will help your organization become more flexible and future-proof.

Continuous improvement also has a positive effect on employee satisfaction, engagement, and productivity levels.


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Continuous improvement is no longer a luxury – it’s an absolute must. It ensures your organization can respond flexibly and rapidly to the ongoing need for digitalization, the rollercoaster ride of market developments, and ever-changing customer demands. Take full advantage of the tips we provided in this article and get to grips with continuous improvement!

 

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Original version | November 26, 2020

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