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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

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

5 Tips to Maintain a Harassment-FREE Workplace

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Feb 19, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Keeping the workplace friendly, comfortable and productive should be at the top of every manager’s priority list. For the sake of the employees, the company’s reputation and the spirit of good business, NO employee should endure bullying, harassment or discrimination.

Although commonly associated with unwanted sexual advances, workplace harassment encompasses much more, including “race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age...disability or genetic information.”

Not only do harassment claims and lawsuits tarnish your reputation, the cost can get really steep with lawyer fees and hefty settlements.

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Topics: 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