Friday, September 27, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
- How would you communicate with your clients if a natural disaster knocked your electricity out for a week? Who’s responsible for contacting clients? For contacting employees? What about vendors? Deliveries?
- Do you have a statement prepared for the public in the case of a product recall?
- Do you have internal standard operations in place to manage a recall of equipment or parts?
- Do you have alternatives in place in the event of a supplier disruption?
- What is the “chain of command” if there was a disaster preventing your team from coming into work?
- Does everyone on the team know their responsibilities in the case of a crisis? When did you last update the plan? Practice it? Do key team members still work here?
Friday, September 13, 2013
One of the many things that has become a specialty niche is film development. With the onset of digital photography and the quality and abundance of cell phone cameras, etc. the one-hour photo shops and photography studios no longer need to actually create a temperature appropriate chemical bath in a darkroom to develop pictures. . . . and yet, there’s something to be said about a non-digitized, no-touch up, honest to goodness darkroom developed photograph on quality paper, that captures a memory you can hold in your hand.
- Are your employees making suggestions and helping to improve your business?
- Are your employees growing and becoming better at what they do and creating more opportunities for your business?
- Do your employees see themselves as partners in the planning and improvement process?
- Do you have a company full of initiators or reactors?
For an opportunity to review your leadership style, poll your workforce, and identify potential improvement areas in your company’s employee collaborations, check out MMTC’s next Leadership-in-Action Innovative Strategic Planning scheduled in November.
You may be surprised at what could develop.
Friday, September 6, 2013
With manufacturing back in the spotlight in our state and nation, it’s important that the business community and our legislative representatives (and of course the general public) understand how vital the manufacturing sector is to economic growth.
An article from January 2013 titled, “Is Manufacturing Cool Again?” appeared in Project Syndicate. In it, the authors referenced the need for software programmers, engineers, designers, robotics experts, data analysis, and a myriad of other professional and service-type positions that will be required in the manufacturing renaissance going on today. It’s in part due to the wave of innovation in materials and manufacturing processes, aided by information technology.
In particular, manufacturers and academic institutions, among others, are encouraged to open their doors on National Manufacturing Day to students, educators, parents and the media so that the public can understand the processes of local manufacturers and the types of careers available in the field.
Why is this so important for Michigan’s manufacturers?
One clear driver is perception. Many younger professionals envision manufacturing as “old school” workers getting dirty on an assembly line. They don’t see the high-tech careers often associated with manufacturing today. They also don’t realize the wide-range of positions in manufacturing facilities such as sales, marketing, administration, accounting, etc.
- Only 30 percent of parents encourage their kids to join the field and only 17 percent of people view manufacturing as a top career choice.
- However, manufacturing jobs pay well. 77k is the annual salary of manufacturing workers and manufacturing professionals have the highest level of job tenure in the private sector.
- Now, 67 percent of U.S. manufacturers are experiencing a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers and 56 percent of American manufacturers believe this issue will get worse.
- Baby boomers, a group that currently makes up much of the manufacturing workforce, are expected to be out of the field by 2030.