Use of the 5S methodology for improving work environment
The use of the 5S methodology may be viewed as a way to boost a company’s competitiveness. Competitive advantages result from improvement measures. To ensure that the changes one makes are indeed effective, it is essential to identify the nature of the irregularities faced and the available opportunities for improvement. Improvement measures must reflect the specific operational character of the organization. The article refers to a manufacturing company in which significant work environment issues were discovered. Such issues affected the functioning of its employees ultimately compromising the company’s efficiency and competitiveness. The proposed improvements reflect the findings of an assessment of the current situation. Accordingly to their nature, the improvements were ascribed to appropriate action categories, i.e. preparatory, implementing and improving, which can be linked to individual stages of 5S deployment.