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The Lean Workforce: Applying Lean Principles to improve workforce management
Using Lean principles, manufacturers have made significant improvements to their operations, from improved productivity, increased resource utilization, to a more accurate understanding of product costs. One area where manufacturers may not have thought to apply Lean is the workforce. But as labor pressures increase and margins tighten, savvy manufacturers are turning their attention to the workforce, and discovering that Lean can help them increase workforce flexibility and agility, and improve their bottom line.
A flexible, motivated workforce is the central component of a successful Lean program. Applying Lean principles to the workforce can play a critical role in ensuring that labor is aligned to demand, which in turn can result in lower costs and shorter lead times. There are three primary areas of improvement that manufacturers should focus on to achieve Lean improvement in the workforce:
- Identifying non value-added labor
- Measuring and managing variability
- Motivating the workforce
Read this White Paper to learn more.