Is Six Sigma worth it?

Getting a Six Sigma certification is a lot of work, especially if you want to get one of the higher-level belts. Many people wonder if Six Sigma is worth the effort. This can really be looked at in two separate ways. First, is Six Sigma worth it for employees, and then second, is Six Sigma worth it for employers. In both instances, the answer is typically going to be yes, but it is important to understand why.

Benefits of Six Sigma for Employees

Individuals who become Six Sigma certified are going to enjoy many important benefits. They will be much more in demand by companies. This applies to both companies that are actively using Six Sigma practices, and those that don’t, because almost everyone in most industries at least knows what Six Sigma is and its benefits. Those who are certified are also going to be more likely to make a higher salary. One of the biggest benefits, and one that is often overlooked, is the fact that Six Sigma has such a strong mentorship aspect. Anyone who becomes certified will be able to work with higher level belts to learn more, network with professionals, and much more.

Benefits of Six Sigma for Employers

Employers will enjoy some very important benefits from hiring Six Sigma employees and following related best practices. The tools and strategies of Six Sigma are designed to reduce defects and other problems in almost any environment. This translates into improved efficiency, a reduction of waste, and better service to customers. Six Sigma can also help a company by providing clear growth paths for different positions to help ensure essential roles are filled with the right people.

Is Six Sigma Always Worth it?

In the vast majority of cases it is clear that Six Sigma is well worth the effort. As with anything, however, there are going to be some situations where Six Sigma isn’t worth the effort. Seeking certifications can be time consuming and difficult, so it is important to look at the benefits that any individual would receive from this process. In addition, it also may be worth it to have someone attain a yellow or green belt, but then not worth it to continue on to the black belt. Looking at each situation objectively will help to determine if and when it makes sense to pursue Six Sigma.


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