What is 5S and Why is it Important?

5S is a method for streamlining your workplace.

One of the most popular Lean tools, 5S is a system for cleaning and organizing your workspace to make it more efficient. Part of the reason for 5S’s popularity is that it is an easy first step for those just beginning their Lean journey. It is straightforward and the results are quickly visible.

Check out the infographic we made here at üttana to illustrate the five steps (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain). Together, they are a series of simple steps that can clean up and reorganize your work space.

5S has been implemented in hospitals, auto body shops, factories and office cubicals. Almost any workspace can be organized and streamlined, removing waste at its most basic level.

You can learn all about 5S in our series of courses covering the subject here. Sign up as a member and receive access to advanced material on implementation and success factors for 5S.

On a more humorous note, check out this clip from our comedy series, “Everybody Get Lean”, when a 5S effort runs into some resistance from an off-the-wall employee.

February 21, 2014

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