Posted by: Susan Hendrich | February 6, 2012

Prioritizing? Try the “Five Ss” of Productivity

The “Five Ss” of Productivity

Today I’m using the “Five Ss of the Workplace” to increase productivity. The ‘5Ss’ are the Japanese words:

  • Seiri = organization : separate out all the things that are not necessary and eliminate them or tidy them away
  • Seiton = neatness : arrange the essential things in order so that they can be quickly and easily accessed and put away
  • Seiso = cleaning : keep machines and working environment clean (everyone’s job–no cleaners needed)
  • Seiketsu = standardization : make cleaning and checking a routine practice; maintain a pleasant environment
  • Shitsuke = discipline : standardize the previous four steps and constantly improve them; creating good habits

In a tidy and organized workplace, errors are minimized, work is speeded up and small problems are made visible.

These have been translated into five Ss in the English language:

  • Seiri –> sort
  • Seiton –> straighten
  • Seiso –> scrub, sanitize
  • Seiketsu –> systematize
  • Shitsuke –> standardize, self-discipline


  1. i love it! It will certainly help me on my self/time management workshop. The Japanese always have a thing about tidiness. Well done.


  2. Hi Susan. This is a great concept. This would work really well in a kitchen also when one is cooking something fabulous. Whether your a home cook or a professional Chef, these are words to live by! Thanks for sharing!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: