You will find that a big chunk of your waste can be solved by setting up better systems and getting organised. Systems are covered next week, this week we focus on getting organised…
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A cluttered workplace usually results in searching, waiting and defect waste. It also contributes to an unsafe work environment.
Come up with solutions that permanently fix the waste rather than a ‘quick fix’ sticking plaster approach.
This is easier to achieve if you work through a systematic process, see the steps to getting organised below.
Steps to getting organised
- Everyone needs to get involved
- Focus on one area at a time
- Take before photos
- Tidy up
- Decide who will make the hard decisions
- Do you use it frequently? Yes = put it in work area
- Do you use it occasionally? Yes = put it in holding area
- If you don’t use it occasionally can you return, sellor recycle it?
- If no then it’s rubbish so REMOVE IT
- Throw out rubbish
- Set up a system for managing rubbish effectively, recycle if you can
- Give it a home
- If you use it regularly then locate the item at point of use
- Giving items a permanent home near where you use them will stop people having to go ‘hunting for them’
- Label the location or use a picture to show what it should look like
- Take after photos
- Agree how you will maintain this new organised workplace
- Keeping things you really don’t need because you ‘might need it one day’…chances are if you haven’t used it in a couple of years then you won’t use it at all.
- Storage of things that aren’t used often in places that mean it gets in the way. Locate items that aren’t used often away from the main work areas.
- Not agreeing on a permanent home and labelling it – things will get put down or put away in different places and that will lead to searching waste again.
Once you have completed the above, Step 5 is next...
Step 5 - Setting up systems
Come up with the right systems to stop waste from coming back, with step 5 of the Waste Hunt Challenge.