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We all want to take pride in our workplace and ensure that we make every effort to keep our entire site organised and in good working condition. For our team at Marley/Dux Auckland, having a tidy site is part of what makes Aliaxis the best place to work, and it makes our jobs much easier to do, too. Following last year’s Safety Culture review, where housekeeping was an issue raised by everyone as an area we needed to place more focus on, we decided to roll-up our collective sleeves and make our site sparkle!

We ended up making a whole day of it this June, which we called Do the Mahi at Mahia (mahi means work in Maori and Mahia is the name of our street). All manufacturing was shut down completely for the day so that everyone could participate and we used the 5S principles to help direct our efforts.

Getting everything in order was no easy task but the end result was really rewarding. Sometimes when you get too busy the housekeeping aspect tends to fall off a little, so it was good to have that common focus and work together to turn things around. It was also great to work alongside people from different parts of the business.

The day turned out to be a great example of getting everyone on the same page and sharing a common goal, and with a bunch of prizes, music and a shared lunch, there was tons of fun to be had, too. It’s given us a reference point and room to open-up team discussions. We’ve set the benchmark, now we need to continue to make sure we keep it up!

Ultimately, a tidier site means manufacturing, warehouse and logistics, and office staff are all able to operate more efficiently. It makes our working environments flow better, which makes our entire business flow better, too. Plus, having a tidier workplace contributes to higher levels of safety and positions us well to Go for Zero – something we can all take pride in.

By Tony Peters
Auckland Warehouse Operator