Identifying and removing dirty, dumb, or dangerous jobs is a great way to quickly build job satisfaction and employee engagement. While the projects may not have the most immediate impact on the bottom line, focusing on problems that make work hard, unsafe, uncomfortable, or frustrating will help to bring employees on board with continuous improvement efforts.
While ultimately, all improvement tends to benefit employees in the long run through job security, better tools for the job, and more opportunities as the company grows, those rewards can be hard to wait for. But when an employee suddenly feels less sore or fatigued at the end of a day, or has to spend less time cleaning up after work, the impact is immediate. That rapid feedback from the improvement activity does wonders to get employees participating in Lean efforts.