For many small and medium-sized manufacturers the great teleworking experiment brought on by COVID-19 has been a painful one. The sudden shift to telework poses numerous managerial, logistical and operational hurdles. To make matters worse, cybersecurity risks are amplified by the needs of a remote workforce.Read More
Change is a cycle in itself, and organizations go through various cycles throughout their lifetime. Whether it's automating processes, introducing specialized equipment, streamlining redundant tasks and people who perform them, or simply relocating a physical plant, changes are inevitable.Read More
A fancy title and office with a window will not make you a strong leader. Being a great leader is no easy task as you must inspire, motivate and be effective while becoming a well-respected member of your company. Whether or not you are comfortable with it, you will be in the spotlight with high expectations for your effectiveness. Those who work for you are looking for direction and guidance while your direct reports expect to see results.Read More
Topics: Business Management
As new technology goes, so goes the trajectory of how we work.Read More
Answering the question of what kind of changes your manufacturing operation could best benefit by is a bit like asking to know the future.
That’s because the best answer to the question would take into account a number of future factors, including:
- What could happen in your target market
- What’s going on in your industry
- How your manufacturing business best works to achieve net profit
Productivity metrics allow management to understand precisely what’s happening throughout a manufacturing operation.
What areas need improvement and who should be rewarded for exceeding standards can be determined with the right metrics, which allow managers to intelligently guide their team forward.
What should be measured in manufacturing? Here are seven general areas with associated key performance indicators …Read More
Topics: Business Management
In business, it’s often said that your biggest asset is your people.
But how do employees factor into manufacturing?
In the manufacturing arena, your employees may very well be more valuable than ever. Technology and automation may have phased out some people-filled roles, but those that remain have more responsibilities than ever.Read More
A brand is more than just a product, logo, website, or tagline. A brand is all of these taken together to create an intangible effect amongst stakeholders (customers, prospects, suppliers, creditors, employees, government agencies, etc.). Building your company’s brand equity is often an integral part of your business strategy. A recent Forbes magazine article rated these top brands and their value to their respective organizations.Read More
For many manufacturing businesses, the default approach in providing customer service is to respond to problems as they arise.
While this reactive method may satisfy the customer for that moment, it fails to take a more proactive approach in handling customer service issues. Instead, imagine if you could solve problems before customers had to call you. Or even better, if you could address issues before they even became aware of them.Read More