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Many companies have been “attempting” 5s for years with little to show for their efforts. Some have once again begun to roll it out once more after halting the effort a few years back.

There are presently an awful lot of unemployed experts out there who have been recently downsized. There are more top notch recruits out there now then there has been for nearly thirty years! Now is the time to take advantage of the situation and put some of those great employees to work in your company. Yes, there is always the chance that these experienced workers will leave for greener pastures once the market changes, but only if you make it more attractive for them to do so. Train your management staff in how to retain those outstanding employees and start building a better workforce.

What is your employee loyalty grade? How many “good employees” already work for you, that you have overlooked? If your company is doing well, are you giving those raises(even cost of living)yearly to those valuable employees?

The reality is that identifying what brings you happiness and fulfills a sense of purpose is the best way to find your ideal job. Here are four quick tips to keep you moving in the right direction.

If you prescribe to the “lean soluciones y materiales” ideals, you know time management is essential. Poor time management or misused time management cost you money. Ex: $20.00 hourly employee(skilled trade) taking 30 minutes each day to sweep. At the end of the year, that employee cost you $2400.00 for sweeping, instead of using that same time to use his skill to make you money. The same job done by an $8.00 hourly employee whose standard job is labor, cost $960.00. Which is more cost effective? What if you have 10 employees making $20.00 sweeping? You tell me.

I was highly skeptical of this idea at first because I had spun my wheels for so long on every new program that the managers learned at the latest seminar. Most of these programs just took our time and yielded little or nothing in the way of results. When I heard that it was Japanese, I got interested. At the time, they were decimating our auto industry and I figured they must know something we didn’t.

Exception: if you are a restaurant, oil change shop or some other B to C business that is offering coupons as part of your brouchure in order to get people to take action.