Orderliness In Business
Organizing my thoughts and surroundings for greater achievement
Order Is as Order Does
by Matt Schmucki
Being clutter-free and having a clean space is hardly a new concept. So why is it difficult to achieve? Why can the spring clean standard not be maintained? Perhaps it is due to the notion that cleaning and orderliness is a task occasionally performed and not viewed as a method or behavior. What method could possibly be used to maintain a clean, uncluttered space that optimizes efficiency? Taiichi Ohno’s 5S’s:
- Seiri – Sort – Eliminate whatever is not needed for this area
- Seiton – Set In Order – Organize what remains by neatly arranging
- Seiso – Shine – Clean the work area
- Seiketsu – Standardize – Have a system to maintain 5S
- Shitsuke – Sustain – Make of the culture and behaviors by forming a habit of always following 5S
5S is a methodology to unclutter a space, optimize efficiency, and maintain this new standard. Although popularized by Toyota’s Taiichi Ohno, Henry Ford has his own version of Cleaning, Arranging, Neatness, Disciplining, and Ongoing (CANDO) in the 1920s. These ideas are not new and have a proven track record. However, being tested and proven does not make it easy to use. 5S is so much more than a tool; it is a cultural and behavioral change agent.
By focusing on the Sustain portion of 5S, it is possible to create a behavioral change that is long-lasting and directly impacts the character trait or orderliness. Behavioral change is not a short process and is not easy. Companies will call a 5S implementation a failure when a change is not sustained. To sustain a change, it may take months or even years to demonstrate. Sustain takes effort and concentration. Perhaps the implementations have not truly failed, the focus was just removed too quickly. Return the focus to making a concentrated effort to follow a new standard. Create reviews to monitor progress. With attention to performance in following a new standard, it is possible to create behavioral change towards a more orderly character.
Interview for Orderliness with this question:
How do you organize tasks for a day? What if you receive last minute requests?
The Links below will take you to the most recent Team Building blog post and the previous posts. These are not related to a particular quality.
Have the group stand in a circle, shoulder to shoulder then take 2 giant steps backward. Give one person a ball of yarn. Have them unwind a portion that they think will reach across the circle, hold the end then toss the ball of yarn across the circle to someone else....
Our other Pillars have resources that can be used in a workplace setting.
No Matter How You Say It
Character All Month Calendar
Character Holiday Activities
Family Activity (with a printable for sending home to parents)