Effective Communication Practices when a Quick and Reliable Response is Needed

Posted by Ashley Beaudoin on Mar 26, 2020 3:31:50 PM

Regardless of what is going on in the world and within our community, company leaders must be able to effectively communicate when a quick response is needed. Here are three methods for communicating with your workforce in a timely and reliable manner:

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Remote Work Best Practices #3: Remote Work Policies

Posted by Maria Moran on Mar 26, 2020 11:44:56 AM

Part 3 of the Remote Work Best Practices series addresses concerns around creating  telecommuting policies. Thank you to our partners, Greensfelder Attorneys at Law for their guidance.

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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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Remote Work Best Practices #2: Unemployment and Remote Work

Posted by Maria Moran on Mar 25, 2020 11:53:54 AM

For the next few days, we will be sharing Legal best practices around the ever-changing workforce challenges that Illinois Manufacturers are facing.

New unemployment laws and the switch to remote work environments can be tricky. Thank you to our partners, Greensfelder Attorneys at Law for their guidance.

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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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Remote Work Best Practices #1: OSHA Guidelines and COVID-19 Symptoms

Posted by Maria Moran on Mar 24, 2020 11:09:29 AM

As the Illinois MEP, IMEC’s role is to be a resource for Illinois manufacturers and advocate best practices. Helping with strategy and creating systems to solve the challenges that these businesses face is our mission.

It remains our goal with today’s challenges. To that point IMEC, has created the Illinois Manufacturing Helpline and has been accepting questions 24/7 for the past week. It is our hope that some of these answers will save you precious time and assist with the challenges that you are facing.

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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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Stay in the Game While Working Remotely

Posted by Jeff Allspaugh on Mar 23, 2020 2:50:06 PM

"The times they are a changin’”-Bob Dylan 1964

No doubt all our work schedules and routines have been altered in the last few weeks. If we still report to a station in our workplace, procedures and social distances have changed. This impacts our communication style and frequency. If we are now remote, more drastic changes have occurred. Conversations with colleagues and customers may have most likely decreased from our normal rate and volume. Communication styles and tools have also changed, particularly for the remote worker.

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What Is Manufacturing’s Greatest Challenge?

Posted by IMEC on Mar 9, 2020 12:22:18 PM

An original article by Nico Thomas, Performance Analyst for the Program Evaluation and Economic Research  group of NIST MEP.

Technology is the single greatest challenge (and opportunity) for the manufacturing industry … or is it? It’s true that technology has evolved and changed how manufacturers—especially small and medium-sized manufacturers—operate their businesses, in ways that even a few years ago didn’t seem possible.

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Efficiency Starts with PTP: Process, Training, People

Posted by IMEC on Feb 17, 2020 1:59:33 PM

This is an original article by Scott Rempala, President of Mighty Hook and member of IMEC's Board of Directors.

It’s fashionable these days to promote corporate culture as a means to ensure long-term business growth. Promoting is one thing, but making culture a priority requires a systematic approach that permeates everything a business does. We refer to our systematic approach as PTP—Process, Training, and People.

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