Why 5S Fails - a quick and easy solution

5S start and stop happens more times than I'd like to admit. I've talked to hundreds of practitioners over the years and most know what the problem is - lack of management support. While this is an obvious answer it's by no means the only one. There are many causes for a 5S program to fail. A significant part of management support that often get's overlooked is the need to hold people accountable. It's the missing ingredient. 

If for example, a manager sees someone break a particular Set in Order rule such as putting the two wheeler in the proper marked off spot and does nothing about it, he's doomed. A manager or supervisor can never let that happen. It's a great learning opportunity to pull someone aside and point out where they fell short. Let them know the expectation. Don't just walk by because you're too busy. You're hurting your staff by doing so. They deserve better. 

Most folks want to do a good job. They want to know what's expected of them. Make it clear and hold them to the standards. You'll be glad you did and so will they. And maybe, just maybe, you'll even see a higher audit score next time around. 

Good luck

David Visco

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