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Should I Hire a Consultant? Advantages and Considerations

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 23, 2019 9:05:00 AM

The thought of hiring a consultant doesn’t always appeal to manufacturing leaders. It’s easy to think, why should I hire an outsider to come in and tell me how to run my business? But, unless your business consistently hits its goals, maintains perfect quality control, has secure sources of raw materials, regularly finds ways to reduce costs, and maintains a satisfied customer base, an outsider may be exactly what you need. A good consultant doesn’t come in and tell you how to run your business, but rather works with your team to improve your business. That’s not to say there may not be some drawbacks. So, here’s a closer look at what a consultant does, the advantages, and additional considerations.

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Topics: Consulting, Hiring, Manufacturing Solutiions

How to Prevent Bullying in the Workplace

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Mar 10, 2015 1:00:00 PM

In our present ever-changing, diverse work environments, employers must mitigate risks involving bullying in the workplace. Workplace bullying means when an individual (or group of individuals) repeatedly target another employee (or group of employees) with actions that embarrass, humiliate, degrade, or sabotage that person or group. Bullying victims incur a high risk of psychological abuse and damage to their health and safety.  

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Topics: Hiring and Retention, Hiring, Human Resources

The Prevalence of Wage Theft in Our National Economy

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Mar 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Tens of millions of U.S. workers survive on low wages – in many cases without medical insurance, paid time off, a retirement plan, or any other benefits. Exacerbating their financial plight is the widespread issue of wage theft, which is far more common than many people believe. Wage theft may consist of a boss’ outright denial of payment, inadequate compensation for all working hours, or refusal to cover overtime hours.

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Topics: Hiring and Retention, Hiring, Human Resources

Resolve Deficit in Human Capital by Recruiting More Women

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Feb 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Latondra Newton – Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Toyota Motor North America – provided an interesting and well-informed examination into the social issue on gender in the American manufacturing industry. Her article was published in IndustryWeek: Advancing the Business of Manufacturing, and the subject of this blog post is based on what she wrote.

Contrary to popular stereotypes, women have been a part of the manufacturing industry for many decades. For example, women replaced their husbands, sons, brothers, and fathers in various manufacturing plants while their male counterparts served in World War II over seventy-five years ago. “Rosie the Riveter” became a cultural icon and a positive representation of the thousands of women who held the fort on the home front as the men entered the War.   

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Topics: Manufacturing, Hiring, Human Resources

Protect Your Company from Legal Liability with an HR Audit

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jan 21, 2015 7:00:00 AM

California Human Resources laws, regulations, and guidelines for employers are complicated. State and federal regulatory organizations mandate employers to complete certain legal documents, store these documents based on specific processes and for defined periods of time, and report on designated data pertaining to their employee population. With all these legal requirements, you see how companies may be easily caught in the web of non-compliance. Read More

Topics: Hiring and Retention, Hiring, Human Resources

A Guide on How to Hire and Retain Employees Effectively

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Jan 12, 2015 10:30:00 AM


These three core values should comprise your attitude and approach to complication-free and effective hiring. A slow yet steady recovery from a The Great Recession has manifested itself in job growth and expansion for many of our California manufacturers.

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Topics: Growth, Business Management, Hiring and Retention, Hiring, Human Resources