Monday, May 31, 2010

The 5S of house-keeping

This is a Japanese concept which denotes seiri, seiton, seiso, seiketsu and shitsuke.

The English versions are sorting, straightening, systematic cleaning, standardizing, and sustaining. At times, another S. safety is included.

Briefly, the implications are:
  • Sorting: Eliminate things which are non-essential. Keep only those things which are necessary.
  • Straightening: Set things in order in such a way that it is easily accessible.
  • Systematic cleaning: Tidiness, cleanliness are the rules of the game.
  • Standardizing: Consistency should be maintained so everyone observes the first 3S's through awareness of responsibilities.
  • Sustaining: Prevent rollback to old ways;even think of better ways

The sixth S refers to workplace safety.

5S principle is observed by companies through signs and posters which help to educate employees on the 5S's.

Contributed By:
Prof. D. P. Chattopadhyay
(Globsyn Business School)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Cardinal Principles of Discipline

Discipline is the key to success in whatever a person does. Here are five cardinal principles of discipline:
  • Showing respect to seniors: Talent itself will lead nowhere unless an individual is disciplined in this area. This improves one's acceptance and trustworthiness.
  • Commitment to work: Involvement in one's work and attention to details 'without looking at the watch for an early close' pays off phenomenally.
  • Punctuality: Meeting cut-off dates and setting priorities right is the rule of the game. Distinguishing between things urgent and things important is essential.
  • Being cooperative: Teamwork matters. It generates synergy and fosters a sense of togetherness which is necessary for mutual charm.
  • Ethicality in action: Rectitude 'keeps the house in order'. The voice of conscience should be listened to.This generates an atmosphere of sanctity and piousness.

Contributed By:
Prof. D. P. Chattopadhyay
(Globsyn Business School)