The terminology and examples used in the WorkLean Program are derived from the Lean Manufacturing philosophy, which encourages strengthening the processes already employed at the firm. Participating in a WorkLean Program enables knowledge workers to get more work out of an hour than they could before. The resulting heijunka of administrative work, and the reduction in muda, muri, and mura leads to cost avoidance, faster decision-making, improved work quality, better client service, and more efficient space utilization.

WorkLean Reduces Waste

The Problem, Quantified

  • 39% of executives squander between 0.5 and 1.0 full days per week on emails, voice mails, and meetings that have zero value, according to a 2005 McKinsey survey. 16% waste between 1.0 and 2.5 days per week.
  • 28% of a knowledge worker’s day is lost to unimportant or non-urgent interruptions, according to Basex. Only 12% of an information worker’s day is spent thinking and reflecting.
  • Knowledge workers are interrupted every 11 minutes. It takes them 25 minutes to return to the task, and 40% of the time they never get back to it, according to a UC Irvine study.

The Solution

Participants who apply WorkLean principles recover, on average, nine hours of work time per 40-hour week – a productivity increase of 23%.

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