When you’re learning the 5S management ropes, there’s a lot more to it than just knowing the pillars. How you use those tools makes all the difference. 5S is not just a system of organization; it is a business model that affects every aspect of your company, from manufacturing to customer satisfaction.
The true aim of 5S management is to maximize efficiency on every level by creating less clutter and building a team dedicated to safety. Every industry needs an efficient work stream, safe environment, quality products, and satisfied customers. When 5S management is done well, the company as a whole succeeds.
Watch this short clip with Julie briefly explaining the principles of the 5S pillars and the ideas behind the foundation of 5S management.
Julie just explained the potential positive impact that 5S management has on the overall operations of a workplace. Through streamlining the workplace itself and empowering your workers to make smart, lean decisions in their day-to-day tasks, you are establishing a culture dedicated to safety, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. Soon, these changes will reflect in your financials with less wasted time, faster production rates, and higher sales numbers.
The video explains the cyclical effect that you’ll see when implementing 5S management and lean practices. Less mistakes on the manufacturing floor will ultimately lead to less customer complaints. Less customer complaints will lead to an increase in purchasing and manufacturing volume, as your customers will likely refer their associates to your business for their goods. All of this will trickle back into your business, giving you the power to increase wages and offer bonuses to employees as revenues increase. With your employees feeling valued and competitively compensated, their work ethic and satisfaction in their position with your company will also increase.
Don’t get overenthusiastic when making the switch over to a lean management style. Take things one step at a time and make sure each change is done thoroughly. 5S and lean principles require constant upkeep and can make you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle. Encourage your workers to create daily habits that contribute to your 5S management efforts. When the hard work is over, 5S management is all about maintenance.
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