Weekend Fun: Muda and a Lack of Kaizen on “The Office”

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Here's a great clip from Thursday's episode of The Office. One of the new employees shows how he enters customer complaints into the computer and THEN has to fill out green comment cards. He asks why he has to fill out the cards if it's already in the computer… Andy, the office manager, told him to “chillax…” such a wasted opportunity for Kaizen!

What examples of waste do you have in your work? Does your manager let you take action to reduce the waste or improve the system?

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

2 Comments
  1. Dan Feliciano says

    A worst situation is when you have to jump through hoops to leave a compliment! Last week I flew on Delta for the first time in a decade they went way, way, way beyond my expectations to accommodate my family and my autistic daughter. No one knew how I could easily leave a glowing comment.

    1. Mark Graban says

      I know American has a “compliment” link right next to “complaint” on their website. I’ve rarely thought to click it :-)

      Too bad Delta doesn’t make it as easy.

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