Sustain is perhaps the most difficult phase of the 5S's.
- You would think that after going through the trouble of Sorting,
Setting in Order, Shining, and Standardizing that the fifth S,
Sustain, would be easy.
- But, unfortunately, Sustain is perhaps the toughest of the 5S's.
Communication is necessary to reinforce the 5S's.
- Sustaining requires keeping everyone involved, continually
reinforcing what and why the 5S's are important.
- Communication becomes the spotlight for a 5S initiative. Keep
reinforcing the message and emphasizing roles and responsibilities.
- Sustaining the 5S's requires leadership, commitment, and allocation
of the time and resources necessary to keep the effort vital.
- Recognition for jobs done well becomes the fuel that keeps the
- Audits can serve as on-going checks on 5S activities.
- A teamwork approach builds a common effort toward achieving a common
- Soliciting ideas for improvement will generate ideas to improve and
help sustain the 5S effort.
- And reacting immediately to problems is a must or the organization
can quickly slide back to old habits.
Sustaining the 5S effort takes a lot of work. It takes commitment
and involvement by everyone to keep the effort going and to prevent
the organization from just sliding back into the old ways of doing