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Managing a business successfully often necessitates adopting an organizational style. One of the most common of these styles, 5S, is highly popular because it’s been proven quite successful over the years. This has led to the wide adoption of 5S principles across many different industries – especially in manufacturing.
5S, which is shorthand for the five different components of the style (Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain), is well-known across the management world. However, not everyone knows much more than that. Here’s what you need to know about 5S principles and the methodology behind them.
To understand 5S principles more completely, it’s necessary to learn about where it comes from and why. The Japanese car industry, in the wake of the Second World War, needed a way to reinvent itself; this is exactly what happened once managers at the Toyota Motor Company conceptualized the new organizational approach. Before long, other automakers in Japan followed suit, and the rest is history – today the management approach has spread around the globe.
From the beginning, 5S was meant to signify five Japanese words that all began with the same “s” sound. Today, modern translations of these concepts have kept the idea alive and have preserved the original core concepts by translating Japanese terms into English. While the two languages are very different, the concepts the approach revolves around – an embracing of simplicity, efficiency, and safety – are universal in any language.
Taken one at a time, each one of the 5s principles is helpful by itself. However, when put together, they’re more than just the sum of their parts; this is why it’s most helpful to adopt all 5S principles at the same time. here’s a breakdown of each one to help understand how they work, both apart and together.
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