How is Efficiency Sustainable in the Workplace Environment?

Most companies today put in a lot of effort toward improving efficiency in the workplace. This is done in a variety of ways that help to identify and eliminate all sorts of waste. While there are dozens of different efficiency improvement methodologies out there, the most popular with this goal is 5 (or 6) S. This concept identifies multiple different types of waste and offers ideas on how to eliminate it, which will help to improve efficiency. 

One of the most important concepts in 5S is sustain. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most often neglected options. If you do not put in the effort to sustain any waste elimination efforts, the company will find that the waste creeps back into the area and eliminates the benefits that were found. In may ways, this means that the efforts that were made were also wasted, which puts the overall efficiency of the facility further back than it ever was. 

Finding ways to sustain any successful efficiency improvement efforts should be a key part of all tasks. There are a lot of things that can be done to maintain the improvements that are made. One of the most effective ways to make sure that efficiency improvements are maintained is to write the changes into policy and make sure that everyone is following it. By formalizing the new (and improved) method of doing things within the facility, you can be confident that you will not lose the gains that you have made. 

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