Make your own custom 5S visual performance board, like the brilliant example in this case study. Use yours to achieve excellent housekeeping standards. Furthermore, make meeting those standards a sustained habit. In other words, successfully address housekeeping and maintenance on a daily basis.

Why you should make a 5S visual performance board…

Say goodbye to irregular and therefore lengthy clearing up sessions. Instead, put in place a series of on-going, achievable daily housekeeping tasks. Above all, reach and maintain best housekeeping standards. Therefore, be inspection ready on any day.

Although this on-going strategy certainly takes effort, it is worth it. Firstly, streamline the workplace and reduce every form of waste. Secondly, make your work setting an easier place in which to operate. Finally, therefore, increase efficiency and overall performance. For all these reasons, start making your 5S board.

What happens without a 5S visual performance board

The one-off tidy up, (perhaps for an important inspection or visit), works for that day. Nevertheless, it quickly unravels. So, mess, clutter and dust build up again – fast. Meanwhile, equipment becomes harder to find and maintain. As a result, performance drops because the workspace becomes harder to operate and navigate.

It’s certainly not long before a further time-consuming clear up is necessary. In brief, this is an inefficient cycle that repeats every few months.

What happens when a 5S visual performance board is in use…

Initially, it takes hard work to achieve Sort, Set and Shine. That is to say, to declutter, tidy and Sort the workspace. Likewise, to Set equipment in the optimum orderly way for ease of use and efficiency. After that, make the place Shine so it is clean and easy to maintain.

Your 5S visual performance board works to Standardise your Sort, Set and Shine processes. Therefore, show the most relevant information relating to each area. For example, show what good looks like. So, for instance, take a photo of how your workplace looks when it achieves your best housekeeping standard. After that, add that photo to your board for on-going visual reference. Likewise, describe how to achieve your standards.

Most importantly, make your processes visible and accessible to all. In this way, tackle housekeeping as a team. In short, seamlessly work together to achieve results because everyone has access to the same clear cues.

How the 5S visual performance board creates a habit

Set daily targets to meet housekeeping tasks. Therefore, Sustain the housekeeping habit regularly. Mark the status of housekeeping targets in a visual way. Therefore, use status indicators for instant visual reference. In other words, Red means “take further action”. Meanwhile Amber shows a process is “in progress”. Finally, Green indicates the task is complete. If you have shift changes, then one team can pick up from the next and instantly see the status of tasks.

Similarly, assess processes daily. In other words, mark on your board whether tasks meet standards. Likewise, show when they exceed standards. Celebrate these wins! In addition, clearly show when standards have not been met, and require improvement. Above all, take the action and achieve the standard.

Teamwork, ownership and responsibility

Use your 5S visual performance board to assign responsibilities and relate them to tasks. Similarly, encourage team members to take ownership of a given area. Therefore, ask colleagues to carry out regular audits on given working spaces.

In addition, establish daily checklists with achievable tasks. Likewise, make a maintenance plan for equipment. Similarly, set a cleaning rota for machinery. After that, add these to your board. Firstly, for example, using document holders. On the other hand, write information directly on to you 5S visual performance board. In short, lists, plans and rotas are easy to change and update.

Display results on your 5S visual performance board as often as you need. Therefore, show how the team in performing now. To clarify, make real-time updates as you make progress. In addition, use your 5S visual performance board as a platform to collaborate as a team. Consequently, share ideas and make suggestions on your board.

Most importantly, set realistic daily standards and maintain them together, daily. Wave ‘goodbye’ to the onerous one-off tidy up once and for all! Move forward and work together as a team, breaking the tasks down to achievable daily actions. Above all, improve and maintain your working environment for optimum performance. Therefore, work smarter – literally!

mobile whiteboard example 5S board
This example is a mobile board. However, choose to have yours on a wall mounted board, or as an overlay to cover a magnetic whiteboard.
mobile whiteboard with status dial
Status indicators provide instant reference. Furthermore, update them to show real-time progress
5S board - colour coded status
Easy dry wipe updates show if processes are meeting expectations. Above all, on a daily basis
5S board example
Document holders (on the left) neatly hold reference photos or further information about a given area
Second 5S - Set in Order - 5S board
The purpose of each ‘S’ is clearly defined. Most importantly, this team knows what action to take to achieve the standard
mobile whiteboard 5S board with document holder
Use magnetics to make any part of your board easy to change and update. Above all, this delivers a future proof visual

Our Approach

We create visual management boards everyday. As a result we have plenty of experience. We work for organisations in food production, the power industry, national rail, pharmaceuticals, education, healthcare, packaging and distribution.

Our team works with a simple idea or sketch and creates a professionally designed layout. This is then turned into a highly functional visual management board.

We offer customised options because we want to create the perfect board for you. So, here are a few examples. We can add magnetic areas or a dry-wipe finish (for use with whiteboard pens). Furthermore, you can choose Red/Green sliders or R.A.G. (Red, Amber, Green) status dials so you can quickly and visually update your board. These are just a few examples of the ways in which our boards can be tailored to meet your needs. You may also be interested in whiteboard overlays that can be used on top of an existing magnetic board.

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