The 5S tool is a fantastic tool, and its simplicity makes actual decluttering a thing of the past. Part of the Toyota Production System, the theory is that consistently good results will not happen until the workspace is well organized and free of clutter and waste.
If a space is not being used correctly and is unkept and cluttered, this can lead to mistakes and mishaps such as accidents and slowdown in the overall production. This can lead to loss of revenue, and would impact the company in a negative way.
In Japanese, 5S stands for Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke. The English equivalents are Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.
Let’s look at this infographic and see how this works.
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