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When it comes to management styles and organizational approaches, 6 Sigma is a well-known and popular choice.
It’s a lean and versatile set of tools, perfect for providing high levels of efficiency and safety in the workplace. What's 6 Sigma exactly? What does it stand for and how does it work? Here’s what you need to know.
6 Sigma gets its name from the 6 different components it’s made of. Each of these aspects in turn contributes to the overall goal of reducing waste and promoting efficiency and safety. These components include the following:
While 6 Sigma originated in manufacturing industries, the organizational approach has continued to develop well beyond its origins. Today, any number of workplaces and industry sectors have adopted 6 Sigma thanks to its benefits. In fact, you might be even more familiar with its predecessor, often referred to as 5S or sometimes Lean Manufacturing, as it’s nearly identical. The only difference, as you might suspect, is that 6 Sigma has an additional component (in this case, the safety step).
When 5S adopted safety as an integral part of the process, transforming the standard into 6 Sigma, its success was nearly guaranteed. This is why it has become such a popular choice for countless companies, as the renewed commitment to workplace, along with its focus on organization and efficiency, has shown just how successful an approach it is.
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