Kaizen is the Japanese word for “improvement.” In business, Kaizen refers to activities that continuously improve all functions and involve all employees, from the CEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain. It has been applied in healthcare, psychotherapy, life-coaching, government, banking, and other industries. By improving standardized processes, Kaizen aims to eliminate waste. It was first practiced in Japanese businesses after the Second World War, influenced in part by American business and quality management teachers, and most notably as part of the Toyota Way. It has since spread throughout the world and has been applied to environments outside business and productivity.
Now, take those simple processes from the factory floor to the home front and you might just find some success. With our world becoming more and more hectic in the digital age, we are losing the battle of a work-life balance.
Check out this amazing video on Kaizen in your personal life.