Stop the Recruitment Scramble: How Lean Can Boost Your Recruitment Team

Are you tired of feeling like you’re constantly putting out fires in your recruitment process? A growing workload and reactive firefighting can leave recruiters feeling overwhelmed and inefficient.

But what if there was a better way?

Introducing Lean Recruitment:

Discover how a team of expert recruiters from the Welcome Sanger Institute used Lean principles to streamline their workflow, reduce stress, and achieve more.

Faced with a growing workload and a reactive firefighting approach, a team of expert recruiters and immigration specialists sought a more efficient way of working. Partnering with Walker Business Transformation, they embarked on a Lean journey.

This approach focused on:

  • Continuous Improvement: Building a culture of constant refinement and optimization.
  • Prioritisation: Streamlining processes to focus on the most critical tasks.
  • Standardisation: Establishing best practices for consistent, high-quality work.
  • Metrics-Driven Decisions: Utilising data to track progress and identify areas for improvement.
  • Capacity Building: Freeing up team members’ time by eliminating waste and inefficiency.

Read the full case study to learn how Lean principles transformed their workflow, leading to reduced firefighting, enhanced knowledge sharing, improved processes, and a more balanced workload.

Download the Case Study: Get a step-by-step breakdown of how Lean principles were implemented in a real-world recruitment scenario
Contact Us: Learn how Walker Business Transformation can help you implement Lean in your recruitment process and achieve similar results

Announcing our partnership with AI Digital Training

We are excited to announce our latest partnership with AI Digital Training, we are looking forward to working together on projects that require specific training to be developed and deployed. As we all recognise in today’s business world, the ability to adapt and change quickly is critical to success. The business landscape is constantly changing, and those who can’t keep up with the changes will get left behind.

Training is key to ensuring that your company flourishes and we’re here to help.  As experts in our field, we have worked with clients across multiple sectors to understand, design and deliver perfectly tailored learning solutions.

 AI Digitals multi-award-winning team have built an enviable reputation for innovation, creativity, and a commitment to deliver exceptional results on time and on budget.

 To find out more about AI Digital Training and what they do, please visit

Announcing our partnership with the International Lean Six Sigma Institute

An exciting new partnership for Lean Six Sigma Training

Lean Six Sigma

If you are looking for Yellow, Green or Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma then please get in touch.

Through our partnership with the ILSSI we are now able to offer Lean Six Sigma certification as part of our training offer.

If you are looking to give your team members the skills and knowhow to improve your organisation, we can tailor this training specifically for your needs. Alternatively you can join us as part of our scheduled events around the UK look out for dates and venues coming soon..

Saving Time and Money taking business to the next level

Utilising a Kanban for Stock Management WBT worked with a small team to help them develop and implement an approach to stock management that saved time, space and money.

Bart Siwek – Genomic Surveillance Operations Lead – Wellcome Sanger Institute

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with WBT Consultants. Not only did they provided the Sample Management & Portering team with expertise in regards to streamlining of our processes, but also inspired individuals to look for areas of potential enhancement in all daily tasks.  WBT offered Lean workshops, laying down the principles of continuous improvement, covering Kanban system, 5S, RCA, Variation and Performance Measures.  Their Consultants passion for a Lean way of life combined with exceptional ability to effortlessly share knowledge and experience has changed the way the team and I operate and tackle challenges. The whole experience has changed how I think about work.” 

Hunting Down The Covid-19 Variants – Adding Speed, Scale and Agility

Utilising WBT improvement techniques to improve the search for Covid 19 Variants, WBT and Sanger scientists worked in collaboration to deliver data faster and more consistently, to identify the Variants of concern.

Adding speed, scale and agility to the search for Covid-19 variants

Cristina Ariani – Genomic Surveillance Operations Lead – Wellcome Sanger Institute

“WBT consultants were essential to the success of the Covid-19 Genomics Surveillance Project at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. By bringing continuous improvement into the culture of all teams involved in the project, we have been able to deliver unprecedented numbers of high-quality genome sequences of Covid-19 to the British Government and the scientific community. WBT drove considerable improvements on turnaround times from more than 19 days to less than 3 days and provided fundamental counsel at important decision-making instances.”

Using Lean in Scientific Operations

Celebrating a case study from one of our client teams, this time for the Spatial Genomics team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Here is what the head of that service had to say..

“There are many benefits which I have noticed from this work with WBT — the confidence in the team and in the team leader is amazing. Spatial is no longer something I stress about. I know they are doing the critical thinking and improvements for themselves and they are just on top of things now.”

Rachel Nelson- Senior Scientific Manager Wellcome Sanger Institute 

Thanks to Rachel Nelson for inviting us work with such a brilliant team of people.

#leadership #lean #genomics

A place for customers feedback

Having been encouraged to shout out a little louder about what we do, we have added a new page to our website for all of the feedback from our wonderful clients. We will also be adding our case studies over the coming weeks and months so that you can see how our work can benefit different types of organisations.

Accepted by RTC North

We are really pleased to announce that RTC North have accepted us onto their supplier list.

If any of our connections, that are based in the Northeast LEP area, want to use our services and think may benefit from a grant via RTC North, please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.

#leanthinking #continuousimprovement #consultingservices #trainingcourse #northeastengland

It just made me think..

I was listening to an inspiring local entrepreneur last night, who told the story of how coronavirus has impacted his coffee business.

I heard how, faced with these unprecedented times, they had 

  • managed to pivot the business to digital channels to sell online
  • make charitable donations of their product to local health and care establishments
  • how revenue was now at pre-pandemic levels using the digital channels  

Literally all in the space of a few weeks.  I was both inspired and full of wonder…

I wondered why… Why did it take the coronavirus to cause this rapid change?  Why had these new ways of working not been developed alongside their traditional selling channels? 

This guy was so inspiring and full of energy it was clearly not a lack of effort or planning on his part.  The massive impact on all businesses has meant lots of people have had to stop, think and design new ways of working.   

My experience over the past 15years is that stopping and thinking critically, even for a short while about what your business does and how it adds value is vital, stopping those wasteful activities is also vital to create space for growth and responding to challenges.  

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself how many of the things you do are adding real value to your customers?  And how many are not? 

Have you calculated how much time and money you may be wasting, on those non-value adding activities?  

Have you calculated the value of missed opportunities to grow/change?  Simply because you are too busy to think critically.

Why not STOP and Start to think…. with a FREE 30 minute chat about how you could benefit from thinking differently about your business.  Either comment below or make a connection, what have you go to lose? 

#lean #customerjourney #effectiveness #waste #health #publicsector #privatesector #value #waste