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Dankotuwa rewards Kaizen suggestions


Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC which has an ongoing Kaizen Suggestion Scheme recently had a special Kaizen Suggestion promotion on energy-saving ‘Kaizens’.

“The response by the workforce was very encouraging with 102 Kaizens received. An award ceremony was held recently and the best implemented Kaizen suggestors were given certificates,” the company said in a media release.

Kaizen is a Japanese concept where every employee, especially at non-executive level, is encouraged to constantly think of small improvements, suggest to the immediate superior, and implement. Kaizen comes from two Japanese words where “Kai” means change and “zen” means better.

Kaizen focuses on very small improvements that require little or no money, which can be implemented very quickly and the benefit from each improvement may not be very great. However the collection of all such improvements on a daily basis can be significnt, and also keeps the employees motivated.

The release said that Dankotuwa has been a pioneer in introducing many Japanese style management techniques and was one of the first in the country to introduce 5S, Quality Circles, Kaizen and TPM. In March at the National Quality and Productivity Convention organized by the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Quality and Productivity, several Dankotuwa Porcelain employees won awards for Kaizen, poster and slogans.

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