1. Encourage employees to daily come up with new ideas that will improve any process by 1.6 seconds or more.
2. Set up daily cleaning program, and as the owner/manager make sure you are part of the weekly cleaning schedule.
3. Standardize things so they can be improved on.
4. Break down office walls - Literally, break down office walls so the old-fashioned barriers that hinder communication and closeness with management disappears.
5. Encourage employees to fix and improve jobs to the point where they become easy for other workers to achieve.
6. Brainstorm on unorthodox visual cues that could be used within the workspace. These are cheap, easy to use, and are of tremendous value.
7. Keep the different departments working together. In fact, consider eliminating all the different terms such as “Marketing Department,” or “Sales Department,” since this only fosters a sense of team within, not through the entire organization.
8. Develop a mindset of looking for, and eliminating anything that is waste.
9. Make sure to set aside a certain part of each day for organizing.
10. Shadow all the tools so that they are easy to find and easy to put back in their spots.
11. Try to cut down on excessive inventory.
12. Consider putting wheels on all equipment. This enables flexibility to be able to re-order and execute any lay-out when needed. Many businesses run very inneficient lay-outs simply because their equipment is set up permanently.
13. Foster a sense of empowerment. Teach employees so they can then improve the job and feel like they “own the process.”
14. Look to improve machine set up time. Instead of reacting and working around how long it takes for the machine to set up, think; “how can we actually fix this problem at it’s root and improve start up time.”
15. Always look to create an environment where people respect people.