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Get Organized!

- April 8, 2019 by Leslie Stoll, CSP, ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

Have you ever heard or used this excuse?  “I cannot be as productive in a clean office because I need to be able to get to things quickly.”

If you believe that, then I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

I admit that I’m not very organized in my home life. Before my mom comes to visit, I spend a lot of time cleaning piles of paper off my kitchen counter because I want her to think that I am.  Afterwards doing this quick cleaning I always recognize that when I organize my mess, I really am more productive. I don’t have to sort through a stack of paper to find a school note, and I don’t have to shuffle through laundry for the matching s0ck. I end up with more time and less stress in my day.  Not to mention the comforting feeling of walking in to find a clean kitchen counter after a day at work.

Being organized takes a lot of effort, but if your staff can keep their work areas organized, you are likely to see both  improved production and reduced slip, trip and fall hazards. Remember, if your employee falls over a box at work and breaks an ankle it’s a viable worker’s compensation claim even if the employee put the box there in the first place.  Enforcing housekeeping expectation is extremely important.

Organization in an office, at a jobsite, in a warehouse, or on the production floor saves time, effort and money, and it creates a safer workplace.  Some companies practice 5s, a system for organizing the workplace that is designed to increase productivity.  Once 5S is set up, it easy to make sure that everything is in its place.

I may never achieve the perfection exemplified by my client’s desk in the photo above, but every little step towards better organization helps me be more productive.

Find a technique that works for you and stick with it.



“5S | Lean Manufacturing and the Environment | US EPA.” EPA.gov. Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014. http://www.epa.gov/lean/environment/methods/fives.htm