From Traditional HR to High Elevation Lean
After 20 years of working in traditional HR roles, my enthusiasm for HR was eroding fast. Seeking a new challenge, I applied and was hired as Director of Talent Development for a manufacturing plant in the mountains of Southwest Colorado. This job was my first introduction to lean concepts.
My story weaves a tale about humbling myself to learn new concepts, tons of reading, learning some Japanese words, continuous improvement, identifying what truly adds value and approaching HR policies/practices from a people-centric viewpoint.
After 3 years, results have been amazing. My enthusiasm for HR is off the charts. Our plant made money for the first time since 2009. Our e-mod factor went from 1.49 to 1.09. Turnover was reduced from 300% to 45%. (I know, we still have a ways to go, but its better!) Employee engagement/morale has also increased significantly.
Many lean advocates use the term “transformation” when describing results of implementing lean. However, for me personally, a better term is “restoration.”
In this session you will learn…
About the Facilitator:
Karen Aldrich lives in Durango, CO and works as the Director of Talent Development for Western Excelsior Corporation. She has a BA in Speech Communications from Texas Tech University. Karen spent the early part of her HR career in the public school system coordinating job placement programs and then launched into a traditional HR career with both private and public employers. She has over 20 years of HR experience.