How to build a culture of continuous improvement…

…and use it to increase team productivity.

Continuous improvement is a principle developed as part of various Lean/ Agile methodologies.  With constant evaluation and solution implementation at its core, it serves to improve workplace culture, streamline processes and ultimately work towards more productive team performance.  This modern approach to management has many benefits, and once implemented effectively, can help to empower staff and improve company culture; both of which are proven to produce cost efficiencies.

blog-imageSo why should leaders consider using Continuous Improvement methodologies within their teams.
Employing this way of thinking allows leaders to gain valuable feedback, and employees to feel that their opinion is valued. By constantly assessing workflows, communication and results, managers are able to identify inefficiencies, utilise the targeted knowledge of employees individual skillets, and then modify procedures accordingly.

Continuous Improvement can help to:
– Increase team performance and productivity.
– Improve company culture.
– Allow individuals to be at the forefront of changing technologies, developments and markets.
– Simplify and restructure processes for maximum efficiency.

Implementing Continuous Improvement
In today’s technologically driven world, making the commitment to evaluate processes and instigate change can be as easy as downloading an app.  There are various forms available, but for technology based teams, Sydney company Jobvibe offers an easy and effective solution. Suitably, their mantra focuses on continuous improvement itself.

This out-of-the-box app is user friendly and provides a template for managers to check in with their team.   It also provides a safe environment for individuals to submit feedback, can help to dispel negative discussions within a team and reduce the likelihood of small issues escalating unnecessarily.  Each week users are prompted with a series of questions, including how their week was, what went well, and what could be improved.  The data is shared with the whole team, and leaders who go on to collate it.  Using this feedback assessments are then made to implement changes,  with a view to continually improving performance.

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Michael Simpson, head of Product at Jobvibe says that continuous improvement can assist companies by focusing on what matters most.  Jobvibe itself is a small, open team who lead by example.  They run sprints, review factors and celebrate key achievements, all the while assessing causes and effects in relation to the continuous improvement cycle.

Using the app within his team, Michael says although individuals don’t have access to the feedback provided by specific team members (they have access to the data in aggregate), over time an empathy has begun to build, which was an unexpected outcome.

True to type, this product is continually being updated with plans to offer further customisation in the not too distant future.


Do you have thoughts on, or experience using continuous improvement? We’d love to hear from you.  Contact us or see below for more information:
Jobvibe
Lean Kit – Continuous Improvement


Laurie Green
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