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“Time waste differs from material waste in that there can be no salvage. The easiest of all wastes and the hardest to correct is the waste of time, because wasted time does not litter the floor like wasted material.” – Henry Ford
Lean manufacturing, or lean production, is a waste reduction method first introduced in the automotive industry in the late 1980’s. A common misconception is that lean principles are specific to the manufacturing industry when, in fact, they can be applied to every kind of business. An example of a successful adoption of Lean methodology can be found in the construction industry, which has begun to focus on Lean principles in its scheduling and coordination efforts. In recent years, EctoHR has focused on implementing Lean initiatives into its office environment and has experienced immediate benefits.
Lean is a way of thinking that has four basic goals:
Implementing lean concepts in an office setting leads to continuous improvement of processes and procedures, and ultimately creates a more productive environment. Below are some ideas to incorporate lean principles into an office setting:
It is important to note that “customers” or “clients” can be both external (those that are the customer of the business as typically defined) and internal. In office environments, internal customers may often be overlooked when implementing Lean practices.
One objection to electronic systems is confidentiality and security. With the correct protocol and systems in place, electronic storage should be more secure than most paper-based systems.
If you would like to learn more about how we have implemented Lean Principles in our office, please contact one of our team members at 810.534.0170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.