That’s the question that Ade Asefeso answers in his new book “5s for Supervisors”
Here are 3 of the questions Ade asked in this book
· “Do you want to be the slave of your working environment, or its master?”
· “Do you want your working area to help you to do your job, or to hinder your efforts?”
· “Do you want to be rushing to complete your tasks, or have time to take pride in them?”
Ade answers the above questions by saying “5S is a Workplace Organisation system that enables you to be the master of your work area, a work area that helps you to do your job instead of hindering you, so that you have time to take pride in your efforts. It is there to enable you to get each activity right the first time, every time.”
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Ade also said that “5S involves everyone, from directors to the guy who sweeps the floor. It benefits everyone. It depends on everyone. For the system to work, no-one can hide. Everyone has to be involved, everyone has to contribute.”
Ade pointed out that “Every work area should be a shop window to show off the benefits of 5S. Factory shop floors that are untidy, dirty and disorganised have to go. Managers’ offices that are disorganised, filled with filing cabinets that contain nothing of worth, these have to go. Director’s offices with files lining the walls that contain irrelevant information from years past have to go.”
Ade ask “Who should clean the factory floor? The people who work there. Everyone accepts that.”
Ade also ask another question “So who should clean the director’s or Manager’s offices? The directors. Managers should clean their own offices.”
Ade went on to say “You did be surprised how clean and tidy areas are kept when the user is responsible for cleaning them.”
Ade mentioned that “If you are a director or manager looking to introduce 5S, you need to start thinking like a Royal Marine where the men have to complete a forced march in a certain time with a certain weight in their backpack. The officers have to complete in a faster time. In the famed obstacle course the officers must complete the course faster than the men.”
Ade spent a lot of his time representing various companies either at supply chain level, operational level, sales and marketing level, and senior executive level across Asia, North America, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe.
Ade is currently the CEO of AA Global Sourcing Ltd. A company that helps local businesses outsource so that they can enjoy the benefits that used to be enjoyed by big corporations for years.
All this still doesn’t make mention of Ade’s increasingly successful career as an author, of numerous books on Finance, Business Ideas, Personal Development, Self help, Outsourcing, Lean Manufacturing, Agile and Lean Office, Lean Office, Six Sigma, Lean Startup, Lean Procurement, Lean Implementation, Green Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management, Real estate and Online Marketing.
Ade Conclude by saying “If you are a director or manager introducing 5S, you need to be better than the standard you expect from your reports. Don’t do it to them do it with them! Set an example. A director or manager implementing 5S must accept this. If you report into a director or manger you must expect it.”