Saturday, November 15, 2008

Neatness Counts at Kyocera and at Others in the 5S Club

I worked at Otis Elevator when 5S was religion. I am probably a hypocrite and short-sighted, but while I see its benefits in the factory, as an office worker, I say yuck, this seems like a joke that I am going to be more productive because I always put my stapler back in the same place.

Although the example of handling printer output does resonate with me. That is always a big problem. A simple, minimalist solution would be to have bins for each day. At the end of the day, the designated person puts all remaining output into the bin for that day. When the new week rolls around, anything still in the Monday bin gets tossed.

I note that the key difference is that example refers to a highly-shared area, not the personal space of a knowledge-worker.


  1. That's incredible. I think I would go insane if something like that were implemented.

    I've started reading your blog again. I'll try tp post comments often. Maybe this can be a experiment in long distance friendship since we used to talk about this kind of stuff at Starbucks :)

  2. Hey, thanks for commenting, Matt! You would definitely not tolerate a 5S environment!