Speaking in Dar es Salaam last Friday, TCC Plc’s Primary Manager, Phillip De Gaulle said the principle which involves employees continuous improvement in what they do is proving to be successful at the company which is a subsidiary of Japan International Tobacco (JIT).
“Kaizen is a Japanese word meaning change for good and this change is a step by step movement which, among other things, improves efficiency at work place which is what is happening at TCC,” De Gaulle said.
He said TCC Plc’s employees are conversant with the principle hence apply it in their daily activities which has led to successful results at the cigarettes manufacturer.
De Gaulle pointed out that as part of the principle, TCC Plc’s employees including himself have been undergoing regular training in Japan which has enabled them to become experts in implementing the Kaizen principle.
“Recently, TCC was among participants at a seminar that was organized by the National Institute for Productivity (NIP) which is under the Prime Minister’s Office in collaboration with the Japan Productivity Centre (JPC) to discuss on how best to implement the 5S and Kaizen Principle in private and public institutions,” the TCC Plc’s Primary Manager added.
During the seminar, the TCC employees interacted and shared experiences with colleagues from other institutions who had been undergoing training on the Kaizen Principle in Japan under a pilot study coordinated by JPC and NIP.
Implementation of the Kaizen Principle has helped TCC employees in boost efficiency by cutting down unnecessary costs. “All employees are by now aware about this principle and are implementing in their daily work,” he stressed.
The best practices of the Kaizen Principle include focusing on the processes, engaging staff in decision making, improving step by step in efficiency, improving on whatever one does and eliminating waste in all forms.
“This, if properly implemented will improve customers trust and also ensure that businesses and institutions are run efficiently minimizing losses and unnecessary expenditure,” he underlined.