Why Employee Engagement and Kaizen are Not the Same
rezwan, Consultant, Bangladesh
Dear Shivaraj in my opinion I donít think Employee engagement and KAIZEN are the same concept for involvement:
- The word Kaizen means: "continuous improvement". It comes from the Japanese words "kai" which means "change" or "to correct" and ďzenĒ which means "good". Kaizen is a system that involves every employee - from upper management to the crew. Everyone is encouraged to come up with small improvement suggestions on a regular basis. This is not a once a month or once a year activity. It is continuous. In Japanese companies, such as Toyota and Canon, a total of 60 to 70 suggestions per employee per year are written down, shared and implemented.
- If employee engagement celebrating birthday, weekly games etc is conducted too frequently or in a high volume then I believe itís a waste of resources.