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Friday, October 07, 2016

The lean culture is seen as a great way to boost productivity in the construction industry. Vishal Kulkarni explains the details

‘Lean’ can deliver significant benefits as well as being a key tool in supporting the organisation to deliver its strategic objectives. Creating a lean culture is about getting everyone to see and embrace ‘lean’; to see waste and remove it; to question everything they do; to act only on facts and not on opinions; and work together not in silos. Let's talk about fundamental cultural prerequisites to bring in lean culture in construction domains.

Evaluate the organisational culture
Construction requires new tools to assess the performance and gauge factors such as waste, value, cycle time or variability. It is important to understand the current mindsets and behaviours of your workforce. What is required here is to device a culture by asking the leaders what they think, and act accordingly. It is important to obtain feedback from a representative cross-section of the organisation to deploy standards and enact.

Identify and incentivise
Identifying the right attitudes and behaviours as well as appraisal for their performance is critical to motivation and engagement. It is equally important to get these incentives at the right time. If you are paying attention towards short-term initiatives and wasting money and energy then the reward and recognition will not be having the desired long-term impact. It is essential to understand what essentially motivates your employees and triggers them to work.

Clear vision coupled with innovation
Self-actualisation essentially requires leaders to understand the inherent motivating factors for their employees. Promoting a culture of feedback, analysis, and collaborative planning is important for variation and responding to puzzling market situations. A consistent involvement of employees in the loop at all levels when strategising will not only provide a breadth of insight and ideas to innovation, but by and large these ideas will be amplified.
Working towards a progressive path

Start prominently by an example. The communicable nature of behaviours in the office is very influential. Demonstrating positive behaviour will have a spontaneous impact on the vibe of the organisation. Even a small change can stimulate people and ultimately they will acclimatise to the changing scenario, but changing your organisation’s culture is not an instant overnight process, it takes continued persistence, approach and leadership.

Thus, it is imperative to clarify the challenges that exists in construction industry and also disputes to resolve issues efficiently and economically.

(Vishal Kulkarni is Director, Faber Infinite Consulting, with operations in Asia Pacific, Africa & Middle East)

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