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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 20 December 2019, 2:24 PM
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How much have you considered the "health" of your organization's work space in regard to the success of your organization? Sustainable design is proven as an effective approach to the development of productive and healthy work spaces. Sustainably designed and redesigned work areas not only benefit practical aspects such as energy costs, but longer-term social issues such as reducing employee absenteeism and recruiting a wider pool of talent. 

Just recently, a forward-thinking book book entitled Green Up! Sustainable Design Solutions for Healthier Work and Living Environments by Stevie Famulari was published addressing this burgeoning topic. During this past month, I had the chance to discuss this new book with Stevie, and I asked her directly:  “What are ‘greening solutions’ and how do they contribute to a healthier workplace environment?” Here is her complete response:

There are many ways to look at healthier work place environments.  Greening solutions is one approach that improves the air quality, as well as the emotional health of the people who work there.  Let’s consider this -- we spend notable portion of our time in a work environment.  The views, air, colors, scent, lighting -- all these factors influence the health of the space and affect how we feel about it.

Greening solutions look at using natural resources, including plants, composting, recycling, and other sustainable resources to create a sense of ownership in how each person can improve the space.

One greening solution is to use plants that improve the air quality of work spaces.  Most people have read that any plant benefits a space for air and psychological effects.  That is true, but there are also some plants that can be used to clean contaminants of work spaces -- such as the off gassing of furniture, the VOCs from paints, and the cleaners used throughout the office.  Some plants specifically can be used to uptake those contaminants.  They are called plants for phytoremediation.  Using those can be specific for a site.

Then, go a step further -- Use plants for fresh scents, for color accents, and for soft shapes.  With growing plants, people can experience unexpected moments of joy, change, hope while watching something one cares for flower, leaf, die, and then return again.  These changes allow people to remember that we move forward each day and can make new choices.

Greening solutions come in a variety of scales, and can be specific for each site -- for each budget, lighting, space, users, materials on the site, contaminants, and message the company wants to share.  Greening solutions can help the employees have a work space in which they are healthier and the clients who visit the site to expand their practice of healthy spaces.  Greening solutions experts can help any person look at their space with fresh eyes to find new ways to practice a healthy lifestyle.

What do you think of Stevie's perspective? What is your company doing to improve the health of its office and work space?

 
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In Episode 10 of Lean Whiskey, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh do their best to work through technology issues, as the Grinch clearly didn't want us to record. We apologize if this affected the final product just a little bit, but the show must go on.  The two whiskey enthusiasts select something to drink that […]

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 20 December 2019, 12:00 PM
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Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we cannot improve.

10. "The Secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda."— John Maxwell"The secret of your organization success is determined by your team daily management." — Lean Institute...

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It's a bit of a Throwback Thursday… in October of 2017, I wrote this post about my, ahem, “resistance to change” when it came to the new iPhone X: Two years later, I'm now considering upgrading to an iPhone 11 Pro. Speaking of pro… there are pros and cons. As with more meaningful changes, I […]

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This software developer wasn't the first to say it. I wasn't the first to overhear it. And, I'm surely not the first person to blog about this. I was at a restaurant for lunch yesterday and I overheard a developer say: “At my last organization, they called it #agile but it was really waterfall with […]

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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 12:00 PM
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As 2019 comes to an end and we look toward 2020 I wanted to revisit some tips. The Lean Tips published daily are meant to be advice, things I learned from experience, and some knowledgeable tidbits about Lean to help you along your journey. Here are the top 10 Lean tips from this past year:
Lean Tip #2007 - Show Your Team Members That You Support Them And Are Committed To Helping Them Realize Their Goals.The importance of demonstrating to team members that you truly care about them as...

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Gemba Academy just published the fourth podcast that I’ve had the pleasure of recording with Ron Pereira! GA Podcast #297: The Importance of Hansei and Revitalization Ron and I had an opportunity to talk again – in person – at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence annual conference in Chicago in November 2019. We focused on […]

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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 4:57 PM
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We’ve long known that embracing failure with an aim toward learning and improvement can create future success.  Organizations that see failure in that light, and support their people with cultures and systems to learn from failure, can become engines of innovation. Now there’s quantitative evidence via a tested empirical model to support our thoughts on […]
 
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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 12:00 PM
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Kanban (and pull systems in general) are a beautiful way to manage production. While the number of kanban cards should be verified periodically, for certain situations, however, it may be sensible to have additional kanban prepared. These extra kanban are added to the system on short notice to alleviate symptoms of other problems. However, please … Continue reading When and How to Use Extra Kanban
 
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Typically, the customer (or supplier) icon in classic Lean “Value Stream Mapping” looks like a factory. Well, it looks like what might appear to be a strangely-shaped building — or it might seem like a random shape: In context, a VSM might look like this (a version posted by LEI): If we're going a Value […]

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