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An Introductory Course to 5S: Workplace Organization

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Jan 31, 2012
    • Improve organizational functions
    • Involve employees
  • Increase output

5S is known as the foundation of lean and process improvement efforts. It is an employee-level effort that utilizes a systematic approach to create order by eliminating inefficiencies and workplace disorder. What creates disorder?

5S allows individuals and organizations to identify wasted time, effort and costs that occur everyday yet they are perpetually overlooked. A 5S event consists of hands-on activities that allows individuals to have direct impact on their work environment.

Sort * Shine * Stabilize *  Standardize *  Sustain

Employees learn the necessary skills to transform their work environment by creating more order and eliminating the disorder causing frustration, inefficiency, disengagement and poor productivity. After 5S, the effectiveness of individuals, their department (or functional unit), immediately improves. This creates instantaneous return on investment. Most importantly, improvement efforts become infectious within the organization. Other employees want to create order within their work station and executives want to experience increased productivity gains.

In this orientation session, we will review how 5S works, provide before and after pictures of actual workplaces, and identify what is needed to implement this highly effective strategy. During this session, we will also discuss how your company may qualify for state funds to subsidize a 5S event.

Learn more!  Join us...
Wednesday, February 29th

9:30 11:00 a.m.

North County Career Centers, 1949 Avenida del Oro Ste. #106, Oceanside, CA 92056

Registration is Free

Email your information to mblackford@employersgroup.com .


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Topics: lean, process improvement, workplace, human resources

Too many hats - not enough heads!

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Aug 1, 2011

Rumor has it that smaller staffs, with people wearing more “hats,” is the new normal since the economic downtrend. Perhaps this is not very far from the truth. You no longer see bank foyers dotted with desks; instead they have installed “pods” that you step up to, rather than sit down to perform your financial transactions. Self-checkout lanes have become commonplace, and the days of (real life) grocery tellers asking you how your day is going as they scan your groceries and send them down the conveyer belt seem to be numbered. Doing less with more, combining two or three jobs into one, buying into the latest software or electronic gadgets to help the workplace become more efficient, or simply getting more from the fewer employees you have is where the business world is headed.

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Topics: lean, workplace, human resources, management, employee relationship

Trim the "fat" and help your organization GET LEAN!

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Jun 13, 2011
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Topics: motivating employees, value-add, lean, process improvement, workplace, Employers Group, management, rewarding employees