Kaizen is a business philosophy that advocates striving for continuous small improvements. As a lean manufacturing technique, it involves employees of all levels working together to reach steady improvement within manufacturing processes.
From CEOs to assembly line workers, kaizen combines the talents of each employee to eliminate waste, improve productivity and add value to the consumer.
Kaizen also works in tandem with standardized work. While standardized work aims to implement the best practices for a process, kaizen finds improvements for those processes. A connected worker solution that includes digital work instructions and data-driven workforce intelligence is an example of applying kaizen to improve standardization and help drive continuous improvement in work processes as well as with the employees performing the work.