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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Made in Illinois Featured Company: Performance Pattern & Machine, Inc.

Posted by Marketing Support on Nov 1, 2018 1:43:54 PM

From concept to machined casting, Performance Pattern & Machine is a full service machine shop. Founded in 1980 by Vince Herman and George Munger, they have been supplying prototypes, patterns, alongside machined and finished castings that meet even the toughest customer standards. They provide for a variety of industries including: mining, heavy equipment, petroleum, foundries, natural gas, transportation and marine for over 35 years.

Performance Pattern & Machine focuses on providing patterns for the foundry industry, machined complete ferrous and non-ferrous castings in a rapid fashion, single source responsibility from pattern design, sourcing foundry and machining castings, and reverse engineering. Today, they have technologically advanced equipment manned by an experienced staff which allows them to deliver high-quality products faster and more efficiently.

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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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Made in Chicago Featured Company: My Chocolate Soul

Posted by Marketing Support on Oct 25, 2018 2:03:01 PM


My Chocolate Soul focuses primarily on gifts, events/catering, custom chocolates, and event favors. They offer a broad range of gourmet chocolates made with all-natural and organic ingredients, beginning with the finest imported chocolate. All of their products are made from scratch and do not use box or commercial mixes, high fructose/corn syrups, artificial coloring, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, imitation flavorings, or items containing any of these ingredients.

Since their opening in 2011, My Chocolate Soul's mission has revolved around creating luxurious sweet experiences that customers can enjoy from the very first bite. By making their chocolates fresh and follow a less-is-more approach to chocolate making, they have created a broad range of extraordinary flavor profiles. 

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ExporTech Guides Vogel Tool & Die to a Focused International Sales Plan

Posted by Emily Lee on Oct 25, 2018 10:14:20 AM

 

International trade currently dominates news headlines, and the stakes are high for small and medium-sized manufacturers in Illinois to sell overseas.

To learn how to mitigate risk and prepare for global opportunities, IMEC and the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation (CRGC) partner to offer an intensive training program called ExporTech. ExporTech is a nationwide program that provides personalized coaching to a small group of manufacturers with their development of a strategic plan for international sales. Over the course of three months, each company receives custom market research to narrow down their target markets. The course covers

  • export best practices
  • payment options
  • market entry and sales channels
  • logistics and shipping

ExporTech includes one-on-one sessions with relevant service providers. ExporTech is held 3-4 times per year.  27 area companies have successfully graduated from the ExporTech program since 2016.

CRGC and IMEC talked to Larry Siegal, Sales Manager at Vogel Tool & Die in Addison, to hear firsthand about his company’s participation in ExporTech. 

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: IMS Engineered Products

Posted by Marketing Support on Oct 24, 2018 4:30:36 PM

IMS Engineered Products (IMSEP) is an ISO 9001:2008 global supplier of precision sheet metal fabrications and electro-mechanical assemblies.  They have over 70 years of experience and expertise in the design and manufacturing of electronic enclosures, data and AV racks. IMS Engineered Products has a 300,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility on 5 acres which is located 10 minutes away from Chicago O’Hare Airport.

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Local Collaboration Results in Shared Resources & Area Training Grant

Posted by Rob Newbold on Oct 24, 2018 12:21:58 PM

 

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This article was originally published in "Inside Vermilion County" by Vermilion Advantage.

Local employers are benefiting from the new IMIN Network (Inspire, Motivate, Improve, Network). While the underlying focus is sharing information and strategies related to continuous improvement and lean processes, the group is finding broad areas that apply to almost any kind of business practice.

The group is led by Amanda English and Mike Gragert, Watchfire Signs; Stephanie Yates, Danville Area Community College (DACC); Rob Newbold, IMEC; and Vicki Haugen, Vermilion Advantage.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Cybersecurity Professional

Posted by Simone Erskine on Oct 18, 2018 12:41:37 PM

This is an original article by Kathleen Martin, MEP's IT Security Officer and a Certified Information System Security Professional.

Almost weekly we hear about another company or organization that has fallen victim to a cyber-attack. We know cybercriminals are more persistent and we need to be more diligent about protecting information.

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Made in Illinois Featured Company: eWorks Electronics Services

Posted by Marketing Support on Oct 17, 2018 3:53:33 PM

eWorks Electronics Services Inc. provides full refurbishing, testing and recycling services including auditing, data erasure, data destruction, and dismantling services. They also provide a full lifecycle for processing all assets that come through the facility and a variety of services including: transportation, storage, donation, shredding, secure destruction, resale, and reporting.

They believe that the most important component of an electronics recycling solution is the audit and tracking of the material. Their e-Viridis system was designed from the ground up to manage client assets from the point they are received to the point of final processing. This provides clients with online scheduling of pickups, remote access to reporting, and integration to corporate asset management systems.

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Made in Chicago Featured Company: JGEREN

Posted by Marketing Support on Oct 10, 2018 3:58:37 PM

JGEREN was founded in 2013 by friends Lori Wallis and Jen Gerenraich. Jen and Lori share a love for design, the city of Chicago, and all things leather. JGEREN is their collaborative vision to create a truly Chicago based luxury lifestyle brand, offering women’s handbags and accessories, men’s bags and accessories, outerwear, jewelry, and home goods made from the finest leathers available.

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