Improving your workplace’s efficiency demands a keen understanding of the work that needs to be done, and establishing sustainable organizational and operational standards to make it happen. 5S is a visual management technique that does just that, starting by asking four key questions: What is the actual work being done? Where is the actual work taking place? Who is actually doing the work? What is really required to actually do the work? Armed with these answers, we use the 5S (sort, shine, set in order, standardize, and sustain) technique to create a workplace that is organized, efficient, clean, and facilitates the work being done. 5S is based on the Lean principle of having what you need, where you need it, when you need it, in the right amount—a concept that can improve the daily operations of any workplace.