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Workplace Organization

"A place for everything and everything in its place." If it's not in its proper place, then someone has to take time away from their job to go find it and that's waste. The way one organizes the elements of the workplace to fit his/her needs is probably the most important consideration in working efficiently and effectively in a higher education institution. You can save time and effort throughout the work day by taking the time to think about the best position for your equipment and the most effective use of your space. Northland College employees have been trained in workplace organization utilizing the “Five S” program which is a key component of lean thinking. The main principles of 5S are visual order, organization, cleanliness and standardization. When these principles are applied to the work environment they reduce waste, improve quality, service and safety.

The 5 S's are:

  • Sort
  • Set in Order
  • Shine
  • Standardize
  • Sustain

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