In trainings and seminars, the 5S game is most commonly used as a team-building activity. Employees might wonder why trainers and lecturers often use this. The 5S game establishes workplace and workflow organization, cleanliness, discipline, and camaraderie among members of the team or company.
Modern technology opens many ways of implementing developments in 5S games through simulation. Basically, simulation games are imitative representations of a functioning body, without directly experimenting on the body itself. These simulation games are essential tools in fulfilling the Lean principles of Lean Manufacturing.
Simulation games that explain the 5S system have many advantages for both employees and management. There are many companies nowadays that develop simulation games for different types of companies. These games can be standardized or customized, depending on the need of the company and the state of the employees’ performance.
The first focus of 5S simulation games is skill development among the team’s members. Participants learn to identify the problem and the conditions affecting it. They learn to analyze the situation and present effective solutions. They, too, learn to anticipate problems and consequences, allowing them to come up with more strategic solutions. The team will then achieve a feeling of improvement and confidence once a positive result is achieved.
5S simulation games are less expensive and less risky than actual experimentation. The participants are confronted by a situation similar to real-life work place, without necessarily digging their hands deep into it. The decisions and strategic solutions are taken in respect to the actual real-life situation. Because of this, they also face similar consequences like frustrations and disappointments for not being able to perform a simple task because of a disorganized work area.
Most importantly, 5S simulation games promote high-involvement learning and team building. The participants learn to perform tasks based on their individual roles. They learn to share ideas and maximize each other’s potential to achieve best results. The team learns from each other’s strengths and adapts to each other’s weaknesses. Commitment among its members is achieved through application of learned knowledge in their daily activities. These are all achieved through the fun process of learning with simulation games.