The Five “S”is a Japanese system which is quite simple and useful in our everyday lives. Mr. Takashi Osada, who is
regarded as the father of Five S, created this concept. However, the 5-S was originated in a book by Hirayuki Hirano titled “5 Pillars of the Visual Workplace” in Japan.
The system represents “workplace management”. The system focuses on making the workplace pleasant, neat, clean and peaceful. In this way, people can work with the desired interest, enthusiasm, freshness and no feeling of fatigue.
The nature of job determines the workplace; an office executive requires an office, an industrial worker requires industry/factory, for a housewife, her workplace is home and the doctor requires a hospital or a dispensary.
There are several advantages that come with practicing the 5-S system. There are five Japanese words and the first letter of each of word begins with S. Consistently practicing this system will ensure a Total Quality Management (TQM). As matter of fact, this system is the engine that runs any other system successfully everywhere.
Now let’s take a look at each of the Five-S:
Seiri – Meaning to keep the useful things and to remove the unwanted ones. There are certain things like damaged plastics, rubber, metals, glasses, waste papers and also beyond repairs office equipments; these items can be sold and get money- also helping creating more space in our homes and offices.
Seiton – Now that we have only useful things in our homes or offices, we have to arrange them systematically; thus keeping them at their proper places. This will help to easily and quickly identify them whenever we want them; saving us time, money and energy and there will be no need to be tensed or stressed.
Seiso – This means cleaning and shinning the things we have arranged at their permanent places. This will ensure that they look nice and beautiful as well as lasting for longer time. Our work place or home will be presentable to us and all visitors.
Seiketsu – There is the need to standardize and systematize by effectively communicating to the concerned people in our homes or offices about the rules to ensure that everybody live them daily. These standards should ensure sustainability.
Shitsuke – This means forming a habit of living the 5-S in our daily life and improving the workplace by using the system continually.
They are part of our everyday lives and it is high time we lived them well to save us time and energy. Also we will save ourselves from fatigue caused as a result of tension created by our inconsistent lifestyle at home and workplaces. We must not forget that this lifestyle will, in effect, help sustain our environment and planet as a whole.
Prince Baah-Duodu for: www.baahduodu.wordpress.com