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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, […]

Food Industry Article on Process. Let’s Not Forget About the People!

Food Engineering Magazine’s September 4 article makes interesting reading on the current state of food manufacturing and understandably, the focus is on process, not people.  However, consider this: Gallup surveys reveal that 70% of American workers are not engaged in their work, citing specific performance factors that are negatively affected by low levels of engagement.  […]

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