Picture an uncluttered warehouse with all inventory safely stored and easily accessible. You have not stacked any pallets too high on shelves or balanced any unstable towers of boxes against the walls. The floor has easy-to-follow visual guides telling you where to drive the forklift to avoid foot traffic, where everything belongs, and which section contains what specific category of product. Signs and safety warnings appear in all the right places.
Does this look like your workplace? It may seem an ideal setup, but you can attain this level of organization.
No business wants to waste time and money, so most devote time to periodic cleanup and reorganizing efforts. Yet most of these efforts do not remain permanent. How can your organization both achieve a high level of organization and then maintain continuous order? Whether by focusing on transporting, inventory, motion, waiting, overproduction, over processing, defects, or safety, you can drastically reduce or even eliminate waste your workplace by implementing 5S.
5S is a framework for creating and maintaining an organized, high-performance, and safe workplace that adopts cleanliness, safety, productivity, and order as part of its permanent culture. Rather than wait for dedicated improvement efforts before implementing a change, the 5S approach offers guidelines that can:
- Help you make organization and cleanliness part of your company’s daily operations.
- Assist you in assigning leadership the right roles to help inspire the entire workforce, thereby ensuring the improvements are long-lasting.
- Support you as you apply each 5S principle to your business.
- Guide you in selecting the right improvement tools for the job, regardless of your industry.
5S helps businesses plan for the enforcement and maintenance of the actual improvement efforts and allows you to make a continuous effort for improving your workplace to create safer, more productive, more profitable, and more inspiring output.
Will your business clean up and thrive, or will it stay cluttered and continue to waste time and money? The Accenture Academy course Using 5S as a Foundation for Improvements
provides insight, methods, and tools to help you create and maintain a workplace that eliminates waste, continually improves, and enables efficient outcomes.