Although office and administrative activities are usually 60 percent of the production costs in most manufacturing organizations, these areas often get excluded during lean initiatives. To achieve lean, office activities must fully support shop floor manufacturing operations to eliminate waste. The adoption of 5S throughout all office and administrative functions is the first step to increase efficiency.
In 5S for the Office: Organizing the Workplace to Eliminate Waste, Tom Fabrizio and Don Tapping bring the concepts of the 5S System -- effective tools for the elimination of waste on the shop floor -- into the office environment. The activities at the heart of 5S for the Office (organizing, ordering, cleaning, standardizing, and sustaining all of these) are completely logical. They are the basic rules for managing any effective workplace. However, it is the systematic method with which the 5S system approaches these activities that makes it unique.
This book is a blueprint for building a Lean foundation for your office
Readers of this book can immediately apply the concepts of 5S to their office and administrative activities, resulting in the elimination of waste, reduced production costs, and increased profits.
To introduce the 5S system and sell its use to executives as well as workers, consider purchasing—
5S System: An Introduction DVD Catalog no. PP5934,
Adhering to the principle of efficiency that defines this revolutionary and proven system, this video succinctly explains what is involved, who should participate, and what it will take to get started.
Chapter One: Prepare the Project
Chapter Two: Perform an Office Scan
Chapter Three: Sort Through and Sort Out
Chapter Four: Set Things In Order and Set Limits
Chapter Five: Shine and Inspect Through Cleaning
Chapter Six: Standardize Conditions and Share Information
Chapter Seven: Sustain the Gains
About the Authors
"Authors Tom Fabrizio and Don Tapping share their wealth of experience with 5S to provide a clear and concise program for its implementation in office and service industry environments. Now, these techniques that have been so successful on the shop floor can improve every office and service center within your organization. 5S for the Office provides everything you need to know to bring the highly successful 5S methodologies to life in your workplace!"
--Doug Nelson, CFPIM, CSCP, CSSMBB, President, APICS, Portland Chapter, June 2006
"This is more than a book about 5S in the office; it encompasses a total facility-wide process of implementing and sustaining improvements that will last. Emphasis on Senior Management supporting and participating is stressed throughout the book; the executive summary page is a must read to get a good overview of the content. The examples of metrics give ideas for tracking workplace conditions, which is a requirement of any "lean" implementation. Just what you are looking for if you want a sensible approach to 5S, and elimination of waste in administration. The checklist, and form examples are just what is needed to help your organization brainstorm what will work best in your environment."
--Mary E. Murphy, Haldex Way Change Agent, Kansas City, Missouri, June 2006