Standardised Work Practices; the benefits

Posted by Roxanne Chugg

The baseline standardised work practices should reflect the agreed upon best practices of the work team:  the one best way we do this work today.

Implementing standardised work practices achieve the following benefits:

  1. Employee involvement and empowerment; engaging them to discuss and agree on what the best way to do the work is and building consensus within the team
  2. Consistency (reduction of variation) among employees performing the work; so that the output is predictable and what is expected
  3. Improved productivity and quality of work without added stress; doing things safely and well every time
  4. Improved cost management as wastes are removed
  5. Availability of a great tool for staff training and knowledge retention
  6. Visual management--managers and supervisors can see when processes are not working normally

These benefits can only be achieved if there is a will by managers, supervisors and to challenge the status quo, the legacy work practices and work differently.

Lean transformation and standardised work require discipline to develop and sustain; too many of us have our old ways of doing things to fall back on if we do not practice self-discipline.

Lean thinkers believe that being able to see a problem is a good thing--if you can see it, you can fix it.  The typical problems uncovered through standardised work design and developments are as follows:

Standardised work provides many benefits to your business, your employees and your customers.

What are the benefits your business is achieving from implementing standardised work practices?