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Increase Productivity and Employee Satisfaction Using Six Sigma

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Six Sigma principles and strategies have been used for years, but some business owners are just beginning to see the benefits of using these tools. One of the biggest benefits of Six Sigma is increased productivity. Increasing productivity is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your company, as it leads to lower production costs and higher profits.


One of the most important things you can do to improve your company is have a comprehensive plan. As part of your comprehensive plan, you can use Six Sigma to design layout plans. This will help you determine whether a process layout (with like machines grouped together) or a product layout (where machines and workers are placed according to the order of the manufacturing process) is the most efficient way for your manufacturing area to be set up. Additionally, Six Sigma can be used to streamline operations, increase yields and improve the internal processes of your company.

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Managing Time

Helping employees manage the time they spend at work effectively is one of the ways Six Sigma can improve the overall productivity of your business. Employees who use the Six Sigma system are asked to write a list of goals that they hope to achieve. Six Sigma data principles are then applied to those goals, using the areas of performance, fulfillment and learning as a guide. Participants may be asked questions about distractions during working time and whether these distractions are important enough to take time away from what they are working on. Employees may also be asked what they are doing to work toward their professional goals. The employees can then create a plan of action, which helps them become more efficient workers as well as happier employees.


One of the goals of every human resources department is to have the most qualified and efficient employees in the places they need to be in the company at any given time. Six Sigma can help your hr department reach this goal by assessing performance and finding ways to reduce waste. Creating a business scorecard will help you to tie organizational goals to human resources processes so that your performance status in continually tracked and problems can be discovered and remedied quickly.

Streamlining the process of adding and maintaining employees in your company is another great project for Six Sigma. Value stream maps can be used by companies such as call centers. They identify the most common call types and find ways to reduce the time spent on these calls. Six Sigma can also be used to design templates for recruiters that are posting jobs, increase the hit rate of your job postings, and decrease the time it takes for your company to respond to potential new employees. All of these things make your company more productive, as well as more desirable to both current and prospective employees.

Increasing Employees Motivation

Motivated employees will naturally be more productive than those who are unmotivated. There are techniques and tools from Six Sigma that are specifically designed to promote employee engagement and create systems of motivation that will work for the employees of your specific company. It’s important to remember that all companies are different and the employee reward systems that work for some companies may not be motivating for the employees of other companies. Six Sigma will individualize a system for your employees. Some companies have increased productivity by as much as 50 percent just by engaging their employees fully.

Implementing new technology such as Six Sigma into your company can be daunting at first, but the benefits it can bring to your company far outweigh the initial learning curve. Using Six Sigma is an excellent way to improve the overall productivity of your company, as well as attract and keep valuable and productive employees.

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