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Why Are Businesses Paying for Employee Six Sigma Certification?

December 23, 2011 By: azjogger Category: Human Resources, Operations, Training

By Grant Webb

With our economy performing so poorly, it is of paramount importance that  every business cut costs and ultimately improve their bottom line. Just about  every business has cash flow to gain by becoming more economical in their  spending and utilization of funds. Recently, Six Sigma Certification training  has emerged as the best methodology to implement company wide regardless of your  business type or sector.

This approach has been proven effective by just about  every entity that has implemented this type of strategy.

The end goal of applying the methods of Six Sigma practices is to reduce  waste along with service breaks or failures during any company’s business  processes. These methods include a data driven approach to monitoring,  controlling, and enhancing business performance. By virtually eliminating  product and service defects, a company can further streamline their product or  service delivery and client satisfaction.

To take this a bit further, what does it mean to implement these methods  company wide? Initially, it means you as a business have to first admit that as  a whole, your processes can improve and processes improve as employee skills  improve.

Which areas can be improved upon depends on the different processes  that are required to maintain functional flow. Obviously the larger your  business is the more processes there are in place. By at least paying for  managerial employees to obtain the various certifications offered by Six Sigma,  they can then implement product and process related improvements via their  inferior staff members.

Your ROI will be greater than your out of pocket expense

The end goal is to reduce unnecessary costs, improve  upon product or service delivery, and to turn your business into the optimally  functioning business it deserves to be. Though the costs per employee to obtain  this certification is relatively high, the return on your investment stands to  be much greater than your out of pocket expense. This is the reasoning behind  businesses paying for their employee’s to become certified in this  methodology.

While this certification is ultimately geared towards improving any  businesses functionality, it is not aimed at any one type of business. It’s  applications are vast and include but are not limited to the healthcare  industry, financial services, and information technology. When applied to  healthcare, this proven methodology eliminates steps that are not valuable,  reduces defects and variation in patient outcomes, resulting in more efficient  processes and a more consistent patient outcome.

You will learn how to implement core competencies of Six Sigma

And for financial  professionals, you will benefit by learning how to implement core competencies  of Six Sigma which will prompt you to make more informed business decisions and  guide projects that end with improved bottom-line results.

Currently the most effective method of improving business function is for  company employees to obtain their Six Sigma Certification. If you are interested in making  yourself more marketable and more profitable for any given company, you should  read up on the vast benefits of Six Sigma Training now!

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The Company Culture as a Firewall

September 09, 2009 By: azjogger Category: Management, Operations

By John Riley

Company culture is so pervasive and omni-present, it often goes unacknowledged.  And yet it is one of the most powerful business forces impacting on employees trying to do their jobs and outsiders seeking to do business with the company. The casualty rate can be high.

 For example, take the up and coming young manager who is trying to sell his management on changing the production process of a major product.  The unwritten cultural norm that developed over time says each product would be inspected by the Quality Assurance manager or his designate rather than using a statistical sampling system which the young manager advocates.  If the young manager is going to succeed here, he will need to know how to change the culture.

Cultural habits and norms are powerful reinforcements of the status quo.  If you don’t understand the culture, you can’t change it.

When a consultant tries to do business with a company and is retained to undertake a project, she walks into a cultural environment of which she knows nothing.  Her acceptance and ability to be effective in the company depends on how well she assimilates the nuances  of the crowd and quickly identifies the informal thought leaders with whom she will need to bond.

 Because the outsider is not of the company organization, her ability to change a cultural element will depend largely on her creditability with and trust of the CEO or President when she makes her report and recommendations.

 A culture develops over time, is deeply rooted and varies by industry.  Most often it is directly or indirectly driven by the CEO and his or her management style. 

 Whether an employee or an outsider, a culture change may be the only solution to achieving a desired result. It may not be quick nor will it be easy, but it can be done. Here are five approaches to consider.

 Change performance measures and incentives and realign employee objectives

Set up a pilot project to test the new method; let employees experiment with the new method.

Bring in new people with new ideas

Brainstorm different approaches to the quality inspection process

Benchmark best-in-process organizations

 Firewalls, or in this case the company culture, generally serve the best interests of the company, however, there will be those occasions where change is essential to the further development and success of the company.  The key is knowing what and when.