organization design throughout the workplace and giving
employees the tools to maintain the Sort/Set in Order/
F Sustain. Regularly evaluate and audit the outcomes from
the first four phases and adjust or add tools as needed to
maintain the organization program.
Putting in the work to make your practice well-organized
and standardized isn’t just about scratching the itch of the
Type A personalities in your office. Research has shown that
5S organization results in clearly measurable efficiency
improvements and cost-savings, including reductions in
setup and process times, cost-effective inventory management, and the freeing up of physical spaces for both storage
an active participant in improving the efficiency and productivity of your office.
How 5S Works
The basic steps of 5S organizing are the same, no matter your
industry or practice:
F Sort. Separate equipment items by frequency and categories of use. Discard broken, outdated, or unused items.
F Set in Order (or Straighten). Arrange items in the most efficient and accessible way for your workplace, depending on
your process flows.
F Shine (or Scrub). Clean the work area and make it simple to
keep clean in the future.
F Standardize. Ensure consistency by applying your specific