The Power of Visual Aids for Memory Retention

Visual aids – such as posters – have long been linked with memory retention. Teachers display visual media throughout their classrooms to help elementary students remember facts or important habits. Visual aids can be leveraged to internalize more challenging concepts as well. For example, a study from the Washington and Lee Law School suggests visual media and exercises can help law students learn complex concepts even at the highest levels.

It isn't a far swing to assume that visual media and exercises can be used outside of academic environments as well. For example, many companies use posters to remind workers of safety hazards and how to conduct specific job-related tasks, or to encourage them to call harassment hotlines if they feel they aren't being treated fairly.

The Washington and Lee Law School illustrates how important visual media can be to the integration of complex processes and concepts. At the baseline of memory retention is simple text or words, meaning a meeting or staff letter are the most basic way of conveying information. Adding an illustration or graphic to the mix enhances retention by 20 percent, while adding graphics and illustrations and reinforcing them with an activity can improve memory by 32 percent over the baseline.

Leveraging Visual Aids and Exercises to Internalize Kaizen

Companies looking to integrate Lean manufacturing and Kaizen may similarly be able to use visual media and exercises to help employees internalize the various practices and habits associated with these new operational strategies. Enna offers a variety of visual media to help companies stress Kaizen and the 5S's throughout their workplaces.

For example, one of our posters is a supporting visual aid that acts as a cornerstone to our Kaizen Workshop Solutions, stressing the 10 commandments for continuous improvement. Another one of our posters notes the five building blocks of Kaizen (sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain) in a way that's easy to understand and learn.

Of course, Enna also uses activities to reinforce Lean activities. We have developed several games and other exercises that can be used after a learning session to provide another way for employees to engage Kaizen concepts.