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5 Ways Manufacturers Can Successfully Onboard New Hires

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 24, 2018 12:26:48 PM

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

How to Give Effective Employee Reviews—and Motivate Without Money

Posted by Steven Brand on Feb 6, 2018 9:37:12 AM

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: motivating employees, employee performance review, Human Resources

How to Overcome Common HR Challenges in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 4, 2017 10:45:00 AM

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

Employee Initiative Is Most Likely Your Company's Biggest Asset

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 27, 2017 10:30:28 AM

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: Human Resources, Business Management

How Manufacturing Leaders Can Evolve Corporate Culture

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Oct 17, 2016 8:50:00 AM

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 on Jan 4, 2016 8:21:27 AM

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

Integrate Your Workforce Using Community College Graduates

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Dec 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Hiring, developing and retaining your workforce can be a challenging task with the increasing demand for a more technological mindset in the workplace.

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Topics: Workforce Development, Human Resources

Yes, You DO Need an Employee Handbook

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Mar 20, 2015 11:30:00 AM

As a company that takes pride in optimizing the way manufacturers do business across our beautiful state, we also understand the importance of the workforce that makes it all possible. Every employee deserves the right to fair, compliant and peaceful workplace and to help keep everybody in check, employee handbooks serve as the guide to ensuring a positive work environment. Having a road map that details all the need-to-know policies is beneficial to both you (the employer) and your team.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Business Management, Human Resources

How to: Create an Effective Kaizen Event

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Mar 12, 2015 11:30:00 AM

As a business, it’s common to hear three-word mantras like “Sell, Sell, Sell!” or “Location, Location, Location!” But what about the quality of your team? Shouldn’t their production and output also be taken into account?

That’s why here at CMTC, we put “location” and “selling” to the side, and hone in on what’s truly significant: improvment, improvement, improvement. Whether it’s individual performance or company growth, improvement is at the cornerstone of every thriving business.

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Topics: Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Business Management, Human Resources

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