Welcome back to Innovative’s monthly team spotlight! This month we’re talking to Matt, Innovative’s Continuous Improvement Manager. Matt recommends and implements positive changes in both the Innovative office and manufacturing plant to ensure the company is always improving, particularly in the areas of Lean manufacturing and workplace culture.
1. How long have you been with Innovative?
I’ve been with Innovative for 5 months.
2. What do you like most about your job?
The interactions I have with all our employees.
3. What would you like others to know about your job?
Many people outside of manufacturing aren’t aware of what Lean or Continuous Improvement is. The most important part of Lean, and the basic foundation for a successful Lean transformation, is respect for people. Many companies have tried to implement Lean, only to have it falter shortly after because they overlooked the most critical aspect: the employees. At Innovative we realize that our employees are our most important asset. We strive to continually improve the bond that we share and work tirelessly to improve our culture. As the Continuous Improvement Manager at Innovative, I wear many hats. As we go down the road in our Lean transformation, improving the flow of manufacturing and elimination of waste are paramount. It’s more than that, however. On any given day, I may be teaching employees Lean methods, facilitating communication between departments, or just stopping in to check on our employees. Our employees are what make us great, and it’s the interaction I have with them that makes me love my job.
4. What has been your proudest moment at Innovative?
It’s really difficult to come up with one thing that makes me proud. It’s nurturing employees to grow, maybe even pushing them a little outside of their comfort zone and helping them to succeed. In the short time I’ve been with Innovative I’ve seen many of our employees become more involved in our improvement process. Many of our best ideas for improvement come from the experts themselves, the people that do the work. It’s an awesome feeling to see someone step outside of their comfort zone and become more involved in the decision making for the first time. Nurturing and giving someone the tools needed to work toward a common goal make me proud of what I do. All of our employees have a voice, and it’s the little moments seeing someone step outside of their comfort zone and take initiative that make me proud.