5 S is a management tool from Japan which focuses on establishing quality work culture in an organization. As each 5S management techniques begin with an S, this approach has been named 5S. A few interesting details covering these techniques are as follows:
1. Seiri – SORT
To sort and systematically discard items which are not needed in the workplace.
2. Seiton – SET IN ORDER
To arrange necessary items in a neat and systematic manner so that they can be easily used and even returned after use.
To clean and inspect the workplace thoroughly so that there is no dirt at employees workstations.
4. Seiketsu – STANDARDISE
Standardizing a method for maintaining order and cleanliness is critical to 5S. Without a clear standard, there can be no way to create accountability, monitor adherence or make improvements.
To train people to practice the 5S system continuously so that it becomes habitual and ingrained in the culture of the organization. Employee’s involvement at every step is a passport to sustainability. A company newsletter is another great way to support the development of 5S activities. Hewlett Packard, Boeing, Harley Davidson & ICICI Bank are few companies that have transformed their savings radically by implementing 5 S.