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Visual management is essential tool within the world of Lean and can be seen as the link between the data and the people. Visual management uses instinctive visual cues to make accurate information within a workplace available at all times to those who need to know it. Further, these are several key benefits of visual management in workplace, namely:
Makes it Easy to Quickly Understand Information
If visual management is used correctly, it should present information in a way that is quick and easy to understand. It should be easy to tell if we are winning or losing from five feet away, in five seconds. It is common to see the colors red and green to signify missing and meeting targets or arrows up or down.
Keeps Things Running as Designed
Use of visual management keeps things running as they are designed. For example, visual management may be used to track the outcome of a specific process that has been adjusted as part of continuous improvement efforts. It will allow you to see whether a process is producing the intended result and whether the improvement is sustaining.
Teams can often reduce miscommunication by using forms of visual management. By determining what information people need to know and making it visual in the simplest way possible, teams know that the information is shared and interpreted in the way it was intended. It can particularly be helpful to communicate between shifts or groups that have little regular contact.
Improve Employee Involvement and Morale
The benefit of implementing visual management is it allow everyone to see how the team is performing and how their work is impacting results, which often helps staff feel more connected to the work. When information is transparent and easy to understand it helps employees do their job and everyone wins.