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Easy way to sustain 5S

copied From Steve at PDG Consulting
This issue may not be a problem for you, but it is more common than I would have ever believed had not seen it happen so many times. Here's what's happening.
Organizations of all types and sizes are making improvements in workplace organization, material flow, labor productivity, product quality, and so on. Kaizen blitz events end with participants and observers elated with the results they have achieved. Unfortunately, most of the…
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Added by Community Manager on November 26, 2010 at 12:17pm — No Comments

What few people know about 5S

Most people understand the obvious benefits of successfully implementing a 5S system; productivity, quality, safety, morale, etc. While these bottom-line improvements are certainly enough to justify a commitment to 5S, the most significant benefit is often never discussed. What is it?
Learning to lead change.
Leaders who embed 5S into the culture have demonstrated their ability to create employee mindsets that are aligned with ideals and principles that serve the…
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Added by Community Manager on November 16, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

5S Sustainment Assignment Chart

A great tool to help sustain your 5S initiative is to assign tasks to folks and ensure they're held accountable. The below post discusses just such a checklist.

One of the best aids in sustaining a daily 5S process is found in the 5S Assignment Chart. This assignment chart lists all the 5S tasks to be completed in a zone (designated area) along with the frequency the task should be done (daily, weekly, monthly); the person’s…

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Added by Community Manager on November 9, 2010 at 10:42am — 1 Comment

5 Tips for a successful 5S program

Here are some tips for a successful 5S program.

  1. Employees are trained immediately prior to or during 5S events by skilled and experienced facilitators who have the skills and materials to effectively teach adults. There is no training without application in a 5S event.
  2. 5S events are led by highly skilled facilitators who know how to engage people while achieving a high level of…
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Added by Community Manager on October 29, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

A quick 5S Audit best practice

Remember when doing your audits, the most important part is not the score, but the comments. Your staff will then see what the auditor sees, and their eyes are opened. It's not a report card, but a helping hand.

Added by Community Manager on October 27, 2010 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Getting employee buy in

There are two factors that influence the level a workforce will be engaged in a change initiative.
Factor 1: Current employee mindsets about the change and direction.
At the beginning of any change initiative there will be a mix of opinions and emotions about what is being proposed. There will be early adopters, cautious skeptics, vocal critics, silent observers, and so on. While there are countless ways that people react to change, I believe that you…
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Added by Community Manager on October 15, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Raising the Bar: An Introduction to 5S

Raising the Bar: An Introduction to 5S

Key Points
  • Organized work areas reduce the risk of accidents and can improve employee morale.
  • All staff must be willing to cooperate—from top executives to line employees.
  • Periodic meetings, continuous training, and a rewards system help to enforce the new maintenance procedures.

A workplace that is clean, organized, efficient, and safe, functions at utmost…

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Added by Community Manager on September 16, 2010 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Great Lean article by Jim Womak

Here is a great article from Jim Womak of LEI fame.

My LEI colleague Dave LaHote is fond of saying that managers - and especially senior managers - overestimate their effectiveness, particularly as they seek to improve their organizations through formal initiatives. And they underestimate the impact (often negative) of their daily personal actions on employees. Recently I witnessed a striking example while visiting a metal casting…

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Added by David Visco on September 14, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Stop Shining - Clean to Inspect

The third S, in 5S, is commonly referred to as shine. A more accurate translation of the original Japanese word – seisou – is…

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Added by Community Manager on August 27, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Implementing 5S in the Office

Find below the first part of an article I found on Implementing 5S in the Office. Each week, we'll post the next part.

A 5S System is a low cost system that will clean and organize your workplace. It will increase productivity and raise employee morale. This article that will give you some basic information on how to implement a 5S system in your workplace.

One of the keys to the success of a 5S system is to have the full support of the management of your company. While…

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Added by Community Manager on August 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Congrats to our Sweepstakes Winner - Robert Leonardo

Congratulations to Robert Leonardo for winning the 5S Best Practices Sweepstakes. Robert sent in numerous before and after pictures. Clearly his team is on the correct path. We look forward to seeing more of their improvements in the future.

Way to go Robert and Team!

Regards,

The 5S Best Practices Team

Added by David Visco on August 12, 2010 at 3:18pm — 1 Comment

Lean Nation radio show

Check out the Lean Nation radio show at 4:00 EST M-F. http://790business.com/sectional.asp?id=35739

It's a great program. Everyday Karl Wadensten interviews Lean practitioners. You can listen right from your desktop.

Happy listening!

Added by David Visco on May 4, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

5S Clock?

Has anyone come across a 5S clock? We're looking for a clock which would indicate which of the 5 S's the team in that area is working on. Thanks

Added by David Visco on April 28, 2010 at 1:43pm — 2 Comments

5s in Healthcare - Has it's time come?

Dave and I were having a conversation today about 5s and how it can cross industries. We specifically started talking about Healthcare, Healthcare Reform, and the Obama plan.



5s is a perfect first step for healthcare. It's got a very straightforward approach and covers a wide variety of practices.



A recent Kaiser Permanente project, applied these to a Colorado medicaid enrollment program. They didn't quite get the concepts 100%, but its worth taking a… Continue

Added by Brian Stinger on February 2, 2010 at 5:15pm — No Comments

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