Saray Camats has been in our company 15 years. She currently leads the Department of continual improvement. She recently spent two months in France. Learning “continuous improvement systems” implemented by a French Company called SALM. I asked her about her functions in the department and for her experience in France.
¿Tell us about The Continuous Improvement Department?
“Well, continuous improvement is a concept which aims to improve products, services and processes. There are many different methods; the basic, the fundamental, and where an organization must start its 5S. And you wonder what the 5 s is? … 5S is a Japanese management technique based on five basic principles. Toyota began in 1960 with the 5s, and with the aim of achieving better organized workplace, more orderly and cleaner on a permanent basis to achieve higher productivity and better working environment. 5S have been widely published and there are many different kinds of organizations that apply this concept. The reason called 5S, is for each of the 5 steps with start all with S in Japannese. Each S has a goal but you should always have a consensus, understanding and contribution to the group “
You have recently spent two months learning “continuous improvement systems” in France ?
“Yes. We contacted with a French company that manufactures kitchen furniture. It is the most important in French. It’s called “SALM”, best-known as “Cuisines Schmidt”, it has stores worldwide, including Spain. “
“Well, a lot of sacrifice. When Enric Ros, in February 2010, told me of going for 2 months in France, and “work” in SALM … I did not hesitate a second … I said “YES!”. I was taking French classes 7 hours a week outside work, and 4 or 5 more hours at home, movies, news … all in French. I thank to my family for all the help they have given me. My colleagues in SALM, could not believe that I had begun to study French in February. (I was there during September and October). They also valued very much my day to day improvements and my willingness to improve it.
“Little by little … a lot. We’re talking about a very strong and advanced company organization. Everything has a procedure and everyone knows it. I liked the Troubleshooting system at all levels and one thing that fascinated me is their motto: “We want to be the best, win together, respecting. One of the bases of continuous improvement is to professionalize the human resource of the company. Who knows better the workplace within the workers’ workplace in question?. “
On a personal level, what do you you thinks this experience has given to you?
“The goal is clear, we know where we go. Now we develop the “ CQI Plan of Action.” Define goals at all levels and begin to “work together to be the best …” I would say a friend in the SALM: “Saray, who plans, moves forward!!.”
“My expectations have always been continuous learning. In France, one of my colleagues said I was a sponge and always asking “the right questions”. I’ve always been a very restless, and never been afraid of challenges. “
Did your expectations meet?
“Yes. Indeed, there are a lot of effort and hard work. Many falls quickly traced. Although the latter experience for me, and so far, it has been the greatest.
I sincerely thanks to “Ros” for their confidence placed in me and SALM for how much they I have helped. We can say that my colleagues in SALM, often told me how lucky I was.
How would you like to see the company in 10 years?
We will work together to be the best …” I think we have a very good opportunity for improvement. Our product works, our human resource, our people work hard and we all want to improve, with better systems and more organized. “.
How do you combine your work with your personal life?
I am very kucky to share my life with someone who really shares, not just a contributor. That makes it easier to combine work and family life. “