Employee Engagement versus Kaizen

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Employee Engagement versus Kaizen
Shivaraj M, Member
In the name of EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT we are celebrating employees birthday, allow for weekly sports and organize an annual picnic or tour etc.
Being the head of the organisation I am not convinced about this. Is it different than KAIZEN?
Please share your understanding idea and your employee engagement activities.

Why Employee Engagement and Kaizen are Not the Same
rezwan, Member
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.



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