David Visco's Blog – January 2014 Archive (5)

5S Rewards and Recognition Systems

An often controversial topic is whether to somehow reward employees for their 5S efforts. Personally, I think it can add a little more fun to the program so why not. What do you think?


One program idea I've seen work is described below. What works for your program?


  1. Using a magnetic white board arrange 4 magnetic document pouches + one for each department
  2. Label the pouches as follows: Ideas/Reviewed/Dept/In Process/Done
  3. Provide…

Added by David Visco on January 31, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

You're Not Shining Properly

Most companies gloss over the third pillar of a 5S initiative; Shine. They just figure all they need to do is clean up the place. Maybe scrub the equipment, wash the floor, wipe down tables etc. While this is certainly part of the initial Shine step, it's by no means the last. What's critical is to set up a standardized process for keeping that equipment clean and operating properly. To do so, follow these steps;


  1. Make a list of all the equipment that needs to be…

Added by David Visco on January 27, 2014 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Show us your Red Tag Areas and win $25

We're looking for a good Red Tag Area image to add to our training documents. Post the image on here by tommorrow and if we choose your image we'll send you a $25 Amex Gift Card. It doesnt have to be fancy, just a good representation of a Red Tag Area. So, come on, couldnt you use $25??!! You can also just email to me at david.visco@the5sstore.com



Added by David Visco on January 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Avoid this 5S mistake. I wish I did.

When I first began learning about 5S nearly a decade ago we were so eager to begin. I was managing a warehouse at a well known medical device company at the time. Although the warehouse looked great and operated quite efficiently, we could see how 5S would bring it to an entirely new level of excellence. We got to work devloping new materials and process flows, setting everything in order and really cleaning up the place. When we were all done it looked incredible. So much so, that we had a…


Added by David Visco on January 21, 2014 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Tips and Techniques for a Visual Workplace

Here's a good article from our friends at Visual Workplace

5S & Visual Workplace Color Code Standards

Imagine a world without color. Color has meaning everywhere. It is meant to direct our behavior and assist in our decision-making. Without color, our world becomes transparent and we lose the ability to emphasize importance and communicate effectively. Color standards become especially important in a multi-cultural environment in which not all people…


Added by David Visco on January 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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