Within a business, a disorganized, cluttered work environment may cause profit loss. To avoid this, it is important to successfully achieve operational excellence through the implementation of a method from LEAN manufacturing: the 5S strategy.
The 5S strategy simplifies the work environment with a compiled set of workplace principles for keeping a business in segregate order to optimize organizational operations–reducing business waste while improving efficiency and productivity.
Sorting consists of evaluating what is needed to complete a job and eliminating distracting objects from the work area. After sorting, valuable workspace is open and unused tools, files, raw materials and other scrap are removed.
Set in order involves organizing and arranging items in the work area allowing them to be found, used, and returned to their proper location easily. Labeling, marking, and color-coding items allows ease of locating opposed to frantic search–this may include files on a computer.
To achieve operational excellence, it is crucial to keep work areas clean, properly maintain equipment and incorporate cleanliness into daily routines to avoid accumulation of any kind. A clean area makes it more efficient to detect quality problems and broken processes.
To promote improvement and operational excellence of all business systems, a business can standardize its best practices by creating effective and written business systems that measure performance and provide employee feedback for all-around increased productivity.
Considered to be the most challenging principle, sustain means for a business to consistently apply discipline and commitment to the other four steps of the method–ultimately building healthy workplace habits and steadily creating operational excellence in the market.
With the help of an established engineering firm, like Polaris Engineering Group, which creates visions into realities while providing adequate analysis and consulting to eliminate unnecessary waste, operational excellence is possible.