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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Leadership Communication Key to Stopping Manufacturing Unionization

SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) reports that almost all employers are eligible for union organization—there is no minimum size or type of industry required for a union to represent employees. However, there are strategies employers can use to minimize the likelihood that a union would be accepted by employees. Employees join unions because of […]

Ten Percent of Manufacturing Workforce Aged 50 Plus

Proves Urgent Warning for Corrective Action No crystal ball prognostication required.  Small and midsized manufacturers are in danger when more than 10% of the current staff is 50+ years of age; the situation grows more dire when 20% of the staff will be >50 years of age by 2020. Immediate Action Required If the best […]

Data-Driven Measurable Interactive Communication Hallmark of Best-Practice Manufacturers

Manufacturing organizations are producing products that often require an extraordinary amount of engineering knowledge, experience, and problem-solving.  With that single focus, namely making a great product as efficiently as possible, it is often a challenge to tell the “story of the day.”  Active content is critical to the success of all manufacturing companies. Employees show […]

Pain Point: Overall Employee Effectiveness, The Other OEE

OEE has been a well-respected acronym meaning Overall Equipment Effectiveness.  If the maximum output capacity for a piece of machinery was optimized to produce 100 units per hour, and only 20 unites were produced, that represented a 20% delta in lost production, lost productivity, lost profits. OEE is a hierarchy of metrics evaluating how effectively […]

Manufacturers Seek Methods to Mind the (Skills) Gap

The role of manufacturers must include a mission to empower today’s students to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.   SkillsUSA reports 300,000 career and technical high school and college student members nationwide, are studying careers in the trades and specifically for manufacturing careers. Many more are studying curricula related to Science, Technology, Engineering, […]

Overcoming the Manufacturing Skills Gap by Keeping Skilled Workers on the Job instead of Retiring

First the good news: Manufacturing jobs have grown by 4.8 percent from 2010 to 2014. That is the extent of the good news because the manufacturing skills gap is dire and has real consequences.  Ask an operations manager, plant manager, or shift supervisor unable to hire new workers as needed.  The solution, short-term, is keeping […]

High Levels of Employee Engagement are Critical to Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a process of continuous improvement, but how exactly is a production team supposed to know what needs to be improved? The answer lies — to a great degree — in the hearts and minds of your front line staff. If they are engaged, the ideas will flow, opportunities for improvement will be communicated, […]