Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain, these are the famous 5S that people talk about. 5S has been a tool that have been normally used in the manufacturing environment and for this same reason when companies try to implement 5S in the office, they face a lot of resistance from the office workers. I normally hear people saying : "this is for the shop floor at the office we do thinks different" .
What people normally miss is the purpose of doing 5S.
What is the purpose of 5S?
The purpose of 5s is to make problems and opportunities for improvement visible, such as: excessive time looking for files, tools, papers, safety issues, excessive office supplies,etc.
These are other benefits of using a 5s program in your office, shop or home:
- You can't work to the best of your abilities when your office is a disorganized mess.
- Your workspace is a visual representation of what kind of person you are; that's
how your clients and supervisors see it.
- Out-of-control office clutter costs money in time, effort, late fees and lost business.
- 5S helps you get rid of things that take up space, even stuff you think you might need "someday."
- Sort through and reduce piles of paper by using a four-box sorting system.
- 5S helps you avoid daunting heaps of paper, put things right back after you use them.
- The discipline of 5S allows you to organize materials for the next day before leaving your office. So the next day you are set to go.
• 5S enable yourself to find what you want when you want it.
5s is the starting point for a Lean journey. The real power tool to drive change with your team, once you have implemented 5s is: Shop floor management or Office floor management.
Here an example of office shop floor management: