The beauty of 5S is that is simple and can be used everywhere. In one of my recent 5S implementations, I was not getting the buying from my maintenance crew until I mention examples of 5S at home. Let’s face it, nobody want to lose their tools or waste time looking for them instead of working on that project that you are so passionate about. You need a tool, you know you have it but, where it is?
During my lean journey, 5S is one of the tools that I always use at the beginning of the implementation. This training is very important because physically transform the area very fast, and is so easy to use that employees can learn and practice in a short period of time which helps to build confidence on lean manufacturing. That confidence also led the employees to try 5S at home.
I heard great stories of how they use 5S on their garages, home offices, and closets around the house. It is funny to hear how they explain their spouses or partners the plan they have to organize and keep organize those areas. The challenges they face to make their families understand the why and how to help them to understand our challenges at the plant and become advocates of the program.
If you have some cluttered areas around your house, 5S is the tool you need to get rid of them. Try it, it’s worth it! In future posts, I will present ideas that you can use at home.