An article on Aberdeen Essentials caught my eye and it’s all about lean – not the post Easter weight loss lean! It’s all about the supply chain and eliminating waster, but more importantly establishing and maintaining a system of interconnected and interdependent partners.
That title is what caught my eye as it seems to relate well to employees. Companies hire adults whom are expected to function independently and yet also to be working on a common goal. Mutual gains are available when both employer and employee work well together – that is a definition of interdependent.
And so the tips about eliminating waster and being smooth struck a HR chord.
Many of the 9 tips are directly relateable to the employer/employee relationship (with the exception of tip 7)
From a HR perspective, the subject of this section is smoother not faster and the three key points would be
1. Making sure that a workplace is one of collaboration drawing on the strengths of individuals and of the processes seems to create the best outcomes
2. Smooth workplaces lack disruptive conflict and waste and are as a result more productive
3. A focus on value to all parties involved, including the customer, benefits everyone
A side note – employment and hiring practices by Gina Rinehart at Roy Hill is an example of this. Instead of hiringhow they always have, they have begun hiring for character and skill – being willing to train up and provide the expertise. A great approach. http://www.hcamag.com/business-news/how-australias-richest-woman-is-diversifying-her-workforce-234925.aspx