Patterns of Creativity in Japan Lessons from Successful Japanese Companies – A Resource

Reduce Workload by 30%

Reduce workload by 30%.

Use 10% of that to shorten working hours and 20% for shifting people into new and creative projects.

Resource new projects by drawing them off low-priority areas.

This shows management commitment to creative projects and makes the time and manpower available to achieve them.

Side effects include boosting productivity and cutting waste.

Example: Toyota did this as part of phase three (‘Business Reform’) of its rejuvenation.

Source: Katayama, O. (1996). Japanese business into the 21st Century: strategies for success.