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Six HR Topics That Businesses Should Keep Top of Mind for 2019

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 30, 2019 1:08:32 PM

This is an original article written by Jacqueline Breslin of TriNet.

The landscape for small and medium size businesses is constantly evolving. Every year brings new HR requirements for business owners to navigate. Below are HR topics and trends that are likely to be top priorities for businesses in 2019, as well as some tips to help employers prepare for the year ahead.

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Team Spotlight - Lisa Kenney

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 30, 2019 10:30:06 AM

Lisa is a certified leadership development expert with 30 years of experience in the industry. At IMEC, she assists organizations across Illinois with developing effective leadership training to ensure they have a pipeline of quality leaders to maintain competitiveness.

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2018 Client Reported Impacts

Posted by Simone Erskine on Jan 23, 2019 9:19:00 AM

2018 was quite a year! We are dedicated to living out our mission to drive growth through enterprise excellence. That is demonstrated by the impact of our work on the organizations we work with and more broadly on the Illinois economy. We are proud to announce the IMEC 2018 Client Reported Impact numbers. These numbers demonstrate an increase in all categories, some of which nearly double the results we saw in 2017. Throughout the year, we survey our clients to understand how our work has helped them. When our clients succeed, so do we.

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Illinois CPA Shares Expert View on How New Interest Write-Off Rule Will Affect Manufacturers

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 20, 2018 1:48:05 PM

This is an original article written by Lydia O'Neal.

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The Fundamentals to Begin a Lean Transformation

Posted by Simone Erskine on Dec 13, 2018 2:29:03 PM

Lean manufacturing techniques are proven to eliminate wastes in manufacturing processes, leading to sustained improved efficiencies and systems. However, it is important for organizations to understand that lean manufacturing is more than just a set of tools, but it is also an attitude that begins with the culture. It is a continuous improvement process that requires discipline from everyone in the organization - a lean company culture. For that to occur, the principles & benefits of lean manufacturing must be understood by those involved in the manufacturing process.

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Team Spotlight - Ashley Beaudoin

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 28, 2018 10:12:00 AM

 Ashley is a technical specialist who has been creating competitive futures across Illinois with IMEC for the last 3.5 Years. She brings 8 years of employee engagement and leadership development expertise to the team, as well as her passion for people.

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Help us Welcome Marketing Manager, Kristy Johns and Regional Manager, Johnny Him to the IMEC Team

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 27, 2018 8:37:25 AM

IMEC is proud to announce the addition of a marketing manager and a regional manager to our growing team of improvement specialist. Both of our new team members are enthusiastic and eager to help create competitive futures in Illinois.

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The Skills Gap Isn't The Only Workforce Challenge

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 7, 2018 11:25:15 AM

Written by Andrea Belk Olson, MSC and CEO of Pragmadik
https://www.linkedin.com/in/olsonandrea1/

We talk extensively about the “skills gap” facing manufacturing. The problem is this only partially true. Yes, there's a deficit in our skilled trades pipeline, and as employers, educators, and communities, we need to rally around the value of skilled trades, and support the growth of this critical workforce - starting in junior high and beyond. Yet, there's another gap that mid-market manufacturing is facing - The Strategic Gap - and it has many facets.
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Facilitating a Successful Employee Engagement Survey: 5 Lessons Learned on Leveraging Organizational Success

Posted by Simone Erskine on Nov 5, 2018 11:23:14 AM

Written by Ashley Beaudoin, IMEC Technical Specialist 

Are you planning to implement, or have you recently deployed, an employee engagement survey to your workforce? Are you unsure of what to do next or are seeing little to no improvement? From my involvement with companies as they implement and evaluate aspects pertaining to engagement levels, I have witnessed many hurdles and successes. Based upon my findings, here are five lessons I have learned for leveraging organizational success through an employee engagement survey.
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Team Spotlight- Rick Winkler

Posted by Simone Erskine on Oct 29, 2018 12:37:24 PM

 

Since joining IMEC 8 years ago as a technical specialist, Rick has used his expertise in lean enterprise, engineering and continuous improvement to drive productivity and competitiveness across Illinois. He brings over 35 years of relevant industry experience to the team.

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