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 organization and the customer. This is leadership in its purest form. Now I'm not talking about managing a auditing system that forces behavior, I'm talking about a 5S system that people want to be a part of. A culture where people do the right thing because they understand the benefits of 5S and take personal responsibility for its success.
These same leadership skills will be required in order to utilize similar behavior-dependant concepts like standard work, kanban, TPM, etc. So the bottom line is that people who can lead 5S can lead lean transformation. In contrast, people who cannot lead 5S will forever rely on managing compliance through audits and oversight.
Are you changing mindsets? Will people do the right thing even when nobody is looking?
If not, something needs to change. You won't sustain results and achieve long-term success if you're not changing mindsets.
Contact us at 5S Best Practices if you'd like help with your program. We can put you touch with some 5S experts and their coaching program.
Best of luck!
5S Best Practices Team

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