Your boss, the Senior VP of Operations, has approached you about starting to practice 5S throughout your 350 person manufacturing company.
His reasoning is quite straight forward… he feels disorganization and lack of standardization is directly related to the poor company performance of late.
He also senses employee morale is at an all time low and wonders if a cleaner, more organized, workplace will help.
Your boss has also made it clear that there is far more to lean than 5S… but feels this may be the best way to build some momentum.
Two years ago your company attempted to practice 5S. All you really remember is that these super intense consultants came in to lead the charge, cheesy 5S banners were hung from the ceilings, and employees were told they could only have 1 personal picture/item on their desk. In short, it was a disaster and the initiative died a quick, and painful, death.
So, now, even though you feel your boss has good intentions you have no idea how to approach these same employees who, you’re confident, will be skeptical and likely upset about having to do all this “5S stuff” again.
What should you do?