The most tried and true step to take when trying to sustain your 5S program is to conduct audits. Audits let people know that you're serious about monitoring their efforts and keeping the program moving forward. Here are some simple tips for having a successful audit process:
1. Conduct them regularly - all to often audits slip because other priorities have surfaced. Avoid putting them off at all costs.
2. The audits should be conducted on different days at different times. There should not be a posted schedule. A posted schedule may cause folks to simply clean up the area just prior to the audit. That of course, missses the point entirely of analyzing the area in its normal state.
3. Have people from other departments do an audit side by side with you while comparing scores. This will help on two fronts. It's helps solidify the subjectivity of scoring and gets an outside perspective.
4. Most important, review the results and action items (the good and the bad) with the group responsible for the area being audited. Get feedback and ideas and work on them together.
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