May 31, 2019

To improve a company is to change it. Doing what you’ve always done means you’ll always get the same result. With British markets currently in such an uncertain state, the most successful companies are ones that can handle, respond to, and deal with change. Unless these changes are managed well, a business will not be able to successfully create a workplace culture that embraces change.

What is Change Management?

At its most fundamental definition, change management is simply a rigid, structured approach to move a company from a current state of working t...

April 16, 2019

Change is key to improving a business. At Fluere, we believe all types of change can be broken down into two main types, either: step change or increment change. Understanding the fundamental differences between the two, the advantages and disadvantages of both and how to drive each type of change will help to determine which, or what combination, is more suited to help improve your business.

Step Change

Effective step changes can be considered large initiatives, carefully managed and structured to reach a specific goal. To achieve radical improvements an...

February 6, 2019

The Productivity Puzzle

Since the 2008 financial crisis, UK productivity has virtually flatlined with worker productivity falling to its lowest in two years. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the UK’s productivity growth is still below the pre-crisis rate of 2%, which suggests our ‘Productivity Puzzle’ is far from solved.

Productivity is a measure of the products and services the UK produces, compared to the resources used to produce them. Productivity has a significant impact on a country’s wealth, so it’s alarming to realise ours has...

February 4, 2019

When discussing the topic of business improvement, terms like ‘productivity’ and ‘efficiency’ are often used interchangeably, however there is a significant difference between the two. Understanding both terms is key to achieving significant business growth, whether it is through focusing on efficiency or productivity improvements.

Productivity

A common definition of productivity is: ‘the ratio of the output of products and services to the labour hours devoted to the production of that output.’ With this definition, productivity is calculated from compari...

January 22, 2019

Are you fully aware of everything that goes on inside your company and the effect it may have on your business overall? Do any of your customers or staff understand what it means to have a “Hidden Factory” and its impact on the products and services they provide?

Most business owners will have some awareness of tangible waste items such as excessive stock, defective products, and office over-processing. But the hidden waste within your business may not be as tangible or easily calculated. Hidden wastes may take the form of products or services requiring...

December 20, 2018

The application of Lean and Six Sigma methodology can provide significant improvements within businesses when applied independently. Combining both methodologies provides a wider and broader 'toolbox' which can create even greater improvement opportunities.

In previous blogs, The Key Principles of Lean and The Key Principles of Six Sigma, the fundamental principles of each methodology are explained. In this article, the Fluere team explains:

  • How Six Sigma and Lean combine together,

  • What the benefits of Lean Six Sigma are, and

  • How to implemen...