5S Method - A Clean Path to a Better Success!
“If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” – Henry Ford
It should go without saying that people generally like to work in a well-organized and clean environment. A well-organized workspace can help workers to be more productive while reducing work-related stress and saving time (especially because employees spend significantly less time looking for tools and materials.) The “5S” methodology is a building block of a lean organization that was first proposed in Japan as a series of activities intended to foster an organized workplace. Implementing 5S is inexpensive, doesn’t require any technical analysis, and can be easily deployed in all types of companies, ranging from manufacturing plants to offices, small businesses, and large multinational organizations.
What Is 5S?
5S is a workplace organization method that was first popularized by Taiichi Ohno, who also designed the Toyota Production System. This simple yet effective organizational method is intended to eliminate Muda (waste) and can be summed up as a list of five Japanese words: Seiri (Sort), Seiton (Set In Order), Seisō (Shine), Seiketsu (Standardize), and Shitsuke (Sustain). The list of actions defines a simple process to organize a workspace for efficiency and effectiveness. Each of these five terms is expanded upon below:
Benefits of 5S.
While the rudimentary nature of 5S is often to blame for overlooking its undeniable benefits, this methodology is in place at a growing number of Fortune 100 companies around the globe. In addition to generating a positive ROI, ancillary benefits include Improved safety, higher equipment availability, lower defect rates, increased production, better agility and flexibility, improved employee morale, and better asset utilization, among others.
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