I was watching the NBC web series (via iTunes podcasts) called “Ctrl” the other day (I’m a big fan of Tony Hale from the show Arrested Development).
Anyway, I saw a scene that reminded me of “bad 5S” practices that you might see in an office somewhere. You might remember the blog post and picture
from a few years back when an accounting firm int he UK was forcing employees to put tape around their desk supplies in the name of 5S. That seemed more “L.A.M.E.
” than Lean.
So, in the show, Hale’s character Stuart has been fired and a co-worker is gathering up his things, and you see this:
I got a chuckle out of it. Does my desk at home or work look like that? No. Do I encourage people to do that on their desks at work? No, not if it’s a personal desk.
Using tape outlines, however, CAN be very helpful in shared workspaces. It’s a visual cue and reminder to put equipment or supplies back to where it belongs. That way, different team members don’t waste time looking for things. But I think the value is limited when you do this on an individual desk.
Will any of you own up to doing something similar on your own desk?
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