Workers attitude toward continuous improvement

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In our company the processes our workers do has not changed a lot and only rarely by initiative from the workers. Management has tried several times to initiate a process of continuous improvement, but without any luck. It seems that workers on one hand are eager to improve and on the other not so eager to improve.

D: Continuously improve our operations
D': Not improve our operations
B: Contribute to the competitiveness of the company
C: Have something to work on all day
A: Secure satisfying employment now and in the future
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In order to Secure satisfying employment now and in the future I must Contribute to the competitiveness of the company and in order to Contribute to the competitiveness of the company I must Continuously improve our operations. But, in order to Secure satisfying employment now and in the future I must also Have something to work on all day and in order to Have something to work on all day I must Not improve our operations. I can't both Continuously improve our operations and Not improve our operations.
RelationAssumption(s)Injection(s)
D-D'1. Both are mutually exclusive.
B-D1. Other companies improve, so if we don't, the company will actually be less competitive.
C-D'1. Improvements will typically mean lower processing and/or setup times and if the amount of sales stays constant and we improve, we will be the same number of workers to do work that now takes less time.
A-B1. If the company cannot compete with other manufacturers it will be shut down.
2. Management expects us to improve, those who don't improve may get fired.
A-C1. Idle workers will either get fired or made to do uninteresting jobs.1. If we can trust that management won't fire any workers or make idle workers do uninteresting jobs, we can make an effort to continuously improve.