3.3. 5S workplace organisation

Unorganised and chaotic workplaces result in huge amounts of waste and can significantly hinder staff and customer experiences. By applying the 5S approach to your workplace you can:

  • Reduce time spent on searching for things/information
  • Make better use of time
  • Identify issues/problems before they happen
  • Provide a foundation for future improvements
  • Take control of your work environment so that it is properly set up to support you
  • Put a system in place to ensure that everyone understands the standards set as a team and that those standards are not only maintained but continually improved
  • Support your team to take responsibility and ownership of their working environment, creating feelings of empowerment in their roles

 

 

Examples of before and after pictures from 5S activities

Before – Office workplace After – Office workplace

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After

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An example of a process map for emails

 

Templates and visualisations:

 

See also: