The 5S Game: Improve Productivity and Quality

Posted by Ed Huey on Apr 1, 2020 12:14:35 PM

Did you know that completing just the first "S" (Sort) of the 5S strategy may double your productivity? As you are thinking about navigating uncertain times and maintaining your productivity and quality levels, 5S can help!

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Three Foundational Reasons Productivity Levels Vary

Posted by Ashley Beaudoin on Apr 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

During this time, we need to be more alert than ever. In many cases, the demand from our work has increased, our families continue to need our love and support, and we as individuals need to make sure that we are mentally focused.

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A Pandemic Shows How Organizations Can Change Faster Than They Think

Posted by Andrea Olson on Mar 27, 2020 12:09:35 PM

Written by Andrea Belk Olsen, MSC and CEO of Pragmadik.

The coronavirus has transformed our world virtually overnight. Companies have had to change on a dime how they operate and communicate. While this is an incredibly serious situation, it's an opportunity for businesses to re-evaluate their approach to managing change going forward.

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Building Confidence and Loyalty During a Crisis

Posted by Lisa Kenney on Mar 27, 2020 7:30:00 AM

It’s nearly April, and April is the usual time for spring cleaning at my house. Since the word “clean” has taken on a whole new meaning for all of us, I decided to really dig deeply into old dark corners to tidy up and truly sanitize. When moving some old picture frames and clay pots aside, I found a resource that I’d forgotten about. Published in 1992 and written by Donald T. Phillips, the little paperback Lincoln on Leadership is a profound, timeless reminder of the simple yet effective things we can do, not only in times of trouble, but every day to build confidence and loyalty among our employees. (And I found it on Amazon for as little as a quarter! Now that’s a bargain.)

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: COVID-19 Respirators (N95 Filtering Facepiece)

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 25, 2020 4:26:31 PM

Are your employees wearing N95 filtering facepiece respirators to protect themselves? Please Note: the information in this blog pertains only to N95 filtering facepiece respirators. Other respirator types may follow different requirements.

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: Employee Safety During Stay at Home Order

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 24, 2020 3:44:43 PM

Yesterday we wrote about companies being essential businesses and staying open during the "Stay at Home" order. If you do remain open, here are some recommendations to help keep employees safe while they are at work:

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10 Practical Things Manufacturers Can do to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Dave Madden on Mar 24, 2020 2:26:03 PM

Use the following checklist to help you withstand the impacts of COVID-19 and be better prepared for further disruptions.

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Illinois Manufacturing Helpline Tip of the Day: Essential Businesses and the "Stay at Home" Order

Posted by Mary Hallock on Mar 23, 2020 5:07:44 PM

Many companies have been asking whether their business is essential and, if they are essential, do they have to require employees to come to work. The Illinois Executive Order issued this past Friday caused much concern and confusion.

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Skills Gap Analysis Project: Building the Workforce of the Future with Chicago Manufacturers

Posted by IMEC on Jan 29, 2020 8:58:54 AM

IMEC is helping to bridge the manufacturing skills gap through an innovative new approach. The recently launched Skills Gap Analysis project is expected to help participating manufacturers plan their future workforce requirements and strengthen their communities. Recognizing the urgent need for a project like this in many Illinois manufacturers, IMEC’s president, Dr. David Boulay explains: “One of the biggest issues for managers in the manufacturing sector today is knowing what knowledge and skills workers will need beyond today’s work.  We’ve seen the same series of events occur across many of our client companies: changing customer preferences lead to new products, which then leads to changing the way the work is done.”

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Industry 4.0 Can Solve the Productivity Gap: Five Actions for Leaders of Small and Mid-sized Manufacturers

Posted by David Boulay on Jan 28, 2020 8:30:00 AM

It is awe-inspiring to walk into today’s manufacturers and see the efficient and productive way things are made. Yet, even though the United States remains one of the most productive countries, manufacturing productivity has remained flat over the past decade. This should be a major concern. Productivity is a vital foundation for stronger companies, rising standards of living, and vibrant communities.

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