HI friends i have read enough of articles on kaizen now.quiet clear on the concept .can anybody cite examples on how we can intro and imlement kaizen in hr processess? please help sulekha pune
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Some examples of kaizen are:
A) In a manufacturing unit
1.Setting up a new U shape machine layout in a workshop allows to downsize from a 5 machines/ 3 operators system to a 5 machines/ 2 operators system.
2.Refilling in masked time electronics components from 2000 parts boxes into custom made 4000 parts boxes reduces machine stop frequency for reloading.
3.Using gravity (free energy !) to dispose finished parts or waste saves movements; a hole in work table let parts fall into a lower crate through a pipe.
4.Addition of a positioning jig on a bending machine allows to bend 2 chassis against only one originally.
hope these xamples help you out...take care.

From India, Pune
THanx for your prompt reply. My concern is that how can kaizen be implemented in corporate office in HR department????? Shikha Mahajan Delhi


Well, to my knowledge the only type of change management taking place and being implemented by the HR department is Six Sigma. Kaizen is not very prevalent in this department as yet. HR department implements kaizen in most manufacturing units, but not in its own department. Would you guys like any data on 6 sigma?
And if you do find out how Kaizen is being used in HR department, do let me know as well on

From India, Pune
Dear Sulekha,
One kaizen in HR could be minimum use of covering letters. In fact we have done it. We write on the body of the letter for any short reply, seeking approval, putting it up to the management, etc. Lot of time and money is saved on un-necessary tying out a covering letter repeating the same thing which is inside the original letter.
I will send some more.
In case you get any please share.

From India

hi, Here are a few articles on 6 sigma...plus an example of 6sigma implementation in motorola.
From India, Pune

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Thanks for the six sigma articles. However, the point was Kaizen in HR department. First of all let me tell you that Kaizen is for the entire organisation and HR can play an important role in implementing Kaizen

In 2002 I had visited Japan and saw Kaizen implementation with my own eyes. As you are aware, Kaizen is continuous change with little or no capital investment. Its aim is ofcourse is similar to Six Sigma. But it can be implemented by any Tom, Dick and Harry in an Organisation. In each and every organisation I visited, the HR representative was proudly showing us the changes that have taken place with the help of Kaizen. I would like to share one Kaizen concept implemented in a call centre dedicated to repair of watches. They have placed a mirror in front of all the call centre workers so that they see their face while taliking to the customer on phone. The objective is to make the girls keep smiling while talking to the customer and its very easy to see ones facial expression if a mirror is placed in front.


From India
Kaizen can be implemented anywhere and everywhere.
for starters, start with "5 S principles" .
a) Seiri : Throw away all rubbish and unrelated materials in the workplace
b) Seiton: Set everything in proper place for quick retrieval and storage
c) seiso: Clean the workplace; everyone should be a janitor
d) seiketsu: Standardize the way of maintaining cleanliness
e) shitsuke: Practice 'Five S' daily - make it a way of life; this also means 'commitment'
Google or better visit various japanese manufacturing company sites for case studies on how they have implemented the same.
start with Yourself first and then with a single area in your company ie more like a pilot study, makes it easier for the populace to see visible results and be ardent supporters.

From India, Delhi
Hi Friends,

Kaizen is actually a Japanese word which means "Continous Improvement". It is implemented in HR deptt. for regular development of employees. There are many small things in an organization which can well be managed by workers if they are given a chance to control those small things. For example

Suppose there is a small hole in a machine which is causing problem in production process. So, this task is now left to workers, so that production process goes on unhindered. To sort out this problem suppose workers come out with a solution to plug that hole and after plugging they find that machine starts to work.

This work though very small led workers to think over the problem. Finally when workers came out with a solution it increased their efficiency to handle such problems in future thereby leading to their professional development.

HR deptt. continously assigns such work to workers and even to employees so that they develop their thinking in their own way. In some companies when workers and employees come out with some solution to check in small problems, they are even asked to present on that solution thereby improving their presentation skill as well


From India, Bhubaneswar
Dear All
Let me tell u...kaizen stands for continual improvement...& its a misconception that it can be only implemented in manufacturing industry...As u can learn ...Where ever their is a scope of improvements we can implement kaizen....Now examples of Kaizen in HR processes are many:
1. Reduce waiting time of the documents
2. Implementing clutter free work environment
3. Reduce the paper rims for printouts
4. Reducing or eliminating all the wasteful activities or non value adding activities which would effect the long term or short term cost......
5. Kanban in stationery items etc
I hope that will give u more ideas & will be useful to u as well!!
Happy learning
Sonika jethi

From India, Pune

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