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Be Aware: New Anti-Harassment Training for California Manufacturers In Effect January 1, 2020

Posted by Steven Brand

The Golden State began leading the way in workplace anti-harassment training in 2004, establishing Assembly Bill (AB) 1825, which requires supervisors to learn about the subject. Covered under the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), AB 1825 states that employers must “take reasonable steps to prevent and correct wrongful behavior in the workplace.” In 2018, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, California took things a step further, enacting Senate Bill (SB) 1343, an amendment that makes several significant adjustments to the training requirements.

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Topics: Human Resources, Workplace Harassment, Harassment Prevention Training

Get the Updated Guide to Human Resources [eBook]

Posted by Steven Brand

In today’s workplace, the importance of human resources cannot be stressed enough. While advancements in manufacturing technology may be stealing headlines, issues involving HR—recruitment, harassment, diversity training, and more—also need to also be top of mind. Consider this:

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Topics: Human Resources, Manufacturing Resources, HR

How Modern-Day Apprenticeships Can Help Manufacturers Succeed

Posted by Steven Brand

By now, you’ve probably heard the troubling statistics. IndustryWeek reports that nearly 25% of manufacturing employees are age 55 or older, and many will soon be leaving to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Unfortunately, there’s no influx of new talent waiting to take their places.

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Topics: Human Resources, Mentoring, apprenticeship programs, tribal knowledge, Employee Training

Top 5 Topics of 2018—Plus 5 Honorable Mentions

Posted by Steven Brand

As the year draws to a close, we always like to take a look back on the events and people that made a difference in manufacturing throughout the past 12 months. We celebrate successes (Manufacturing Day 2018 was the biggest yet) and look at ways to overcome challenges, whether it’s maintaining growth or competing more effectively overseas. We also like to take a look at what interested you, our readers, the most on our blog.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Human Resources, robotics, tribal knowledge, Workplace Harassment, job descriptions, virtual reality, sensors, Manufacturing Resources

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires

Posted by Steven Brand

Losing workers from the factory floor is never easy, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) where the output of every employee can be critical to maintaining production quotas and keeping customers happy. When an employee leaves, it’s then critical that SMMs are able to attract skilled workers and onboard them quickly and adequately to minimize production disruptions and ensure a smooth integration that will lead to higher employee retention (after all, the less often you have to do this, the better!).

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Topics: Human Resources, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Solutiions, employee performance review, tribal knowledge, Diversity Training, Workplace Diversity, manufacturing careers, Future of Manufacturing, job descriptions

How to Give Effective Employee Reviews—and Motivate Without Money

Posted by Steven Brand

The employee performance review. It’s an opportunity to congratulate workers on a job well done and celebrate their wins. It’s also a chance to provide constructive criticism and discuss ways to improve performance. But what makes for an effective employee performance review?

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Topics: Human Resources, employee performance review, motivating employees

How to Overcome Common HR Challenges in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand

The evolution from manual methods to advanced techniques (i.e. the creation of goods and services) has become a complex process, giving rise to a host of HR challenges in manufacturing.

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Topics: Made in California, Human Resources, HR Challenges, apprenticeship programs

Employee Initiative Is Most Likely Your Company's Biggest Asset

Posted by Steven Brand

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.

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Topics: Business Management, Human Resources

How Manufacturing Leaders Can Evolve Corporate Culture

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

Just how important is it to evolve company culture in today’s business environment? – It encompasses the top concerns corporate leaders face in retaining talent today, according to new Deloitte research. Combine economic improvements with the knowledge that most employees prefer more engagement at work than they tend to receive, and one can understand why many CEOs and HR personnel are now eager to evolve company culture.

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Topics: Human Resources

How to Improve Your Team Leadership and Supervisory Skills

Posted by Ellen McKewen

There are many challenges that your manufacturing organization faces on a day to day basis. Those challenges may range from government regulation compliance to ensuring that your employees are getting all of the resources needed to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources