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Integration of Lean, Six Sigma & TOC improves performance
IndustryWeek    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) approaches such as Lean, Six Sigma and TOC have been applied to help organizations to improve their efficiencies and profitability. However, there had not been research to quantify the effects and contributions of each of these approaches which led to a recent scientific research conducted from 2003 to 2005. More

SMEs to get more funds for productivity-related courses as part of national drive
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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore will get more money to send their staff for productivity training. This is part of the Manpower Ministry's plans to develop targeted programs to help SMEs which hire nearly six out of every 10 workers. More

Measuring mentoring results
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Many mentoring processes seem to have skipped two critical success factors—readiness assessment and evaluation. Margo will provide a chart of the critical success factors for an effective mentoring process. The discussion will focus on strategies for determining readiness of an organization to implement a mentoring process, and designing the evaluation plan. More

The impact of alternative telework arrangements on organizational commitment
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A recent study analyzed the results of a longitudinal field experiment that dealt with the effect of four telework arrangements on various affects, cognitions, and behaviors of medical coders who worked for a national health care company. Managers of the company expressed a sense of urgency to evaluate several telework options to help mitigate aggressive strategies that unions were using in the health care industry to organize health care workers (e.g., American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration/IRI Consultants to Management, Inc. ASHHRA/IRI 2005). More

Capturing value from business process improvement
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If you want your organization to get the most value from improving its business  processes, you’ll need clarity, vision and a holistic approach that navigates the complex linkages among the various communities that exist in every enterprise, including general business managers and technology managers. More

Wrong priorities, policies hinder e-learning
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Despite a technological revolution sweeping across Kenya, e-learning has yet to pick up. Pundits say the growing interconnectivity, if well harnessed, has the potential turn around the face of education—ensuring access and quality of education through e-learning. More

Dealing with a reduced maintenance staff
Reliable Plant Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The economic downturn is, or will soon, affect every one of us, which means we, once again, are going to be asked to do more with less. As maintenance departments lose personnel, decisions will have to be made on how to continue to keep operations running smoothly with fewer and fewer people. A shortsighted option is to drop condition monitoring (CM) programs entirely and let machines run to failure, leading to unforeseen machine failures and production difficulties – probably around the same time the economy begins to pick up and the plant is ready to return to full production! A better solution is to combine technology with strategic partnerships to streamline operations, reduce costs and keep the plant running smoothly. More

Energizing your workplace: What leaders need to know
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The energy and vitality of individuals and organizations depends on the quality of the connections among people inside the organization, and between them and their customers and clients. The key to transforming your own work experience and the performance of the people around you is to build and nurture high quality connections. More

A career path not taken?
Human Resource Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When is the last time your managers had career-planning discussions with their direct reports? When is the last time you had one with one of your direct reports? According to employees surveyed recently by Philadelphia-based Right Management, chances are those conversations don't happen very often. Nearly four in 10 workers of nearly 700 polled said they have never had such a conversation with their managers.

Improved tool management at Coopers Brewery
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CTPM Australasia says a near miss experience at Coopers Brewery in Regency Park, South Australia, led to improvements which have resulted in a safer workplace. Towards the end of 2009, the maintenance team at Coopers Brewery had a near-miss experience while undertaking a routine task involving lifting equipment. Due to this incident, the company set up an improvement team to review the application and storage of all lifting equipment on the site. More
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