Organize your Workspace with 5S

Organize your Work / Learning Space with 5S

View the August 3rd Virtual Webinar - 5S and Returning to Campus

Learn about the Lean methodology 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) and how it can help you make a fresh start whether you never left campus, have been back for months, or are coming back in August. We will talk about strategies to organize your workspace, but also about forming new habits and sustaining your improvements.


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Getting rid of items that are not needed.

  • If you have files that you haven’t looked at in months, do you still need them?
  • Opportunity!  No new paper.


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Having a place for everything, and everything having its place.

  • Identify the items that are crucial to getting your work done and designate a spot for them.
  • Opportunity! If this is not something you were doing before, now is a good time to think it through and start.


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Looking for different ways to keep things clean and organized.

  • Give everything a thorough cleaning.
  • Opportunity! If you enjoyed working from home because of your surroundings, consider bringing in some touches from home to make your workspace more comfortable.
  • Opportunity! Redecorate your workspace.


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Setting goals or standards for a consistent and organized work environment.

  • Question if the old way is still the best way.
  • Opportunity! If you want to form new habits or routines, this is the time to do it.
  • If you are going to be hybrid, consider what is better done in the office versus at home.


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Making a routine to maintain the first four steps.

  • Opportunity!  Establish new group norms with your team.
  • Remember Lean is all about respect for people.
  • Keep each other accountable in a positive way.


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Remembering that Flashes take care of Flashes.

  • Not everyone will handle to transition the same.
  • Be patient.
  • Show compassion and empathy.
  • Be open to other’s ideas.
  • Opportunity! Reconnect as a team.