Labor Day and Lean – Creating Better Workplaces, Not L.A.M.E. Ones
Today is the Labor Day holiday in the United States (and in Canada, as I recently learned). It's not just a day of rest or a celebration of people who work… it's a also day to acknowledge unions and the labor movement.
There's currently a big “labor dispute” with the Alina health system in Minnesota. The Minnesota Nurses Association has been outspoken against Lean, which I think is a shame since they either misunderstand Lean or choose to portray it in a negative light.
It makes me wonder though why it's always called a “labor dispute” instead of a “management dispute” or “labor-management dispute” when it takes two sides to disagree.
Here are some past blog posts about Lean and Labor Day, and a podcast with Prof. Zeynep Ton about her fabulous book The Good Jobs Strategy:
Have a great holiday and best wishes to everyone who is working to create better workplaces.