Benchmarking Report: How you stack up on 5S

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Apr 8, 2015 10:00:09 AM

Written by Anthony Manos, Lean Champion with 5S Supply


The Very Best of 5S

Want to know how your organization stacks up?

5S your officeThis in-depth benchmarking report looks at techniques, practices and principles for 5S Workplace Organization and Standardization. It sheds light on how organizations have successfully created a 5S system and the obstacles and solutions they used to overcome them. 

Of those surveyed, the overall rank of the effectiveness of their 5S system is a 3 on a scale of 1-5 (1=low, 5=high). This is a clear indication that there is much room for improvement. There are many suggestions and comments presented here to help coach and guide organizations as they improve their systems. The level of cooperation for 5S initiatives is initially low but increases with time with the most resistance coming from the supervisor level. Contrary to this is that upper management is generally supportive of a 5S system, but the top reasons for obstacles for implementation are “lack of management support” and “not enough time.”

Another finding is that the amount of training spent is relatively low (typically two hours or less). It seems that organizations have a hard time quantifying benefits (other than 5S Audits). Companies that did calculate the financial benefits proved that the return on investment far exceeds the cost of training, supplies and manpower. The lack of reward & recognition and the ability to engrain 5S into the organization’s culture is another impediment that must be overcome.

Over 50 “best practices” are shared and many suggestions on how to properly create a 5S system or improve your current one are included.

To download the report:

Free 20-minute Webinar: 5S Benchmarking Report – Overview



Note: 5S Supply is a subcontractor for Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center. For more information about services for manufacturers, please contact your local IMEC representative at or by calling 888-806-4632.

Amy Fitzgerald

Written by Amy Fitzgerald

Topics: operations, 5S, process efficiency

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