Well, if you consider that this is 30 seconds out of a possible 300 seconds… meaning 10% of this time has been wasted on searching for something and not adding value to the product or end customer, it would seem less than good!
Taken even further… over a 450 minute shift this “searching time” could essentially result in 45 minutes of wasted time! Yikes.
Of course 30 seconds is not the perfect number and searching time will vary person by person and situation by situation. But imagine being able to never search more than 3 seconds for something. What would that mean?
For starters, this is a 90% improvement (30 seconds to 3 seconds) resulting in savings of over 40 minutes per 450 minute shift! Not too shabby, eh?
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So, while 5S is often thought of as a housekeeping activity where all we do is throw away the junk we’ve been hording and tidy up a bit… it would seem to be so much more.
You see, 5S could very well be one of the most powerful productivity tools you have access to. And the best part of all? You can start improving your 5S today. There’s no need to wait.
If you’d like to test this searching theory out try this. Select a co-worker or family member and think of something you’ve given them in the last week or so. Maybe a document, or an email, or something of relative importance.
Once you have the “item” in mind go and ask that person to retrieve it for you and count in your head how long it takes them. You may be surprised at what you discover!
What do you think?
Do you think 30 seconds every 5 minutes is a realistic “searching” number? Or is too high? Too low? What do you think?