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Real-time information boosts manufacturing decision making
Automation World    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Manufacturers and producers continue to realize gains in productivity, efficiency and profitability by using real-time production data to empower operator and manager decision making. Consistency of machine parameters is important for turning out quality aluminum extrusion products. Tom Welle, automation coordinator at Alexandria Extrusion Co., in Alexandria, Minn., says operators need live process data — temperature, pressure, speed — in order to maintain that essential consistency. The machine operation entails loading an aluminum billet, heating it and forcing the hot aluminum through a die to produce the desired shape of aluminum extrusion. Giving operators real-time information helps them make a consistently good product. More

A performance-oriented culture in government
Philippine Daily Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One of the more challenging but very necessary projects we are doing in the Philippines is implementing the Performance Governance System in key departments. The path to economic growth and poverty reduction requires many stepping stones. Some of the most important ones are improvements in the following sectors: Transportation; Infrastructure; Health; Education; Climate for business. In an environment of transparency and accountability, it has to be coupled with greater vigilance against corruption. The National Competitiveness Council, with the agreement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, has identified eight Process Improvement Projects dealing with governance and competitiveness that will achieve breakthrough improvements in the above sectors. More

Invitation to Present at THE Performance Improvement Conference 2011
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ISPI is inviting all members to submit a proposal to present at THE Performance Improvement Conference 2011, April 10-13 in Orlando, Fla. The goal is to shape the future of performance improvement through learning, teaching, collaborating, and networking. Educational sessions are designed to focus on current and emerging issues, best practices, and opportunities facing the performance improvement field. More

Engaging employees through relevant communications will require a team approach from HR, marketing and communications teams
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As the Government continues to work as a coalition, two other parties — HR and Marketing — should follow suit to come together and achieve a shared objective within an organization. HR and Marketing are often the departments under the most pressure from company boards. They have more in common than many think as they are both spending departments facing a constant need to explain expenditure, demonstrate ROI and generally justify their existence. The evolution of the employee communication model is following a similar path to developments adopted in market and customer communications. More

How can public services be improved?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the current economic climate, many organizations and departments will be making cuts in order to save money and stick to their budgets. HR & Training Journal asks a panel of experts from both the public and private sectors how they think public services can be improved and the impact that this will have on HR departments. More

Hiring for culture or skill?
Six Sigma IQ    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deciding between hiring a candidate that is a strong fit with your company culture or a candidate with an impressive skill set can feel like a no-win situation. So, don’t put yourself in a situation where you need to choose! Instead, change how you think about announcing your intention to hire, the hiring process and onboarding the new employee. How often have you heard of someone hiring or have hired the perfect employee based on the job description, only to discover they did not fit with the rest of the crew; they turned out to be a disaster. By changing how you reach out to potential employees and by the words that are used, it is possible to find employees who fit your skill requirements and can mesh with your team. More

ISPI SkillCast: Creating Engaging Web Based Training
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Tired of churning out "page turner" content? Are learners getting what they need to out of the training you deliver online or are they still left with too many open questions? We will specifically look at the tools, techniques and best practices available today with a variety of tools and media to efficiently build content that will effectively support your audience for whatever setting you are responsible for. Come to this skillcast to learn techniques that will enable you to deliver better quality content to a diverse audience and improve the results in a variety of situations. More

Engaging individual employees
Human Resource Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The only way HR leaders can understand their workforce is to understand them as individuals. Unfortunately, surveys indicate there is a lot of misunderstanding going on. A recent Conference Board survey on job unhappiness reported 55 percent of workers are unhappy with their jobs. John Gibbons, a senior research adviser for the Conference Board, who has been studying the confusion called "employee engagement," cites a survey the organization conducted that found "45 distinctly separate questions to define engagement" and "25 different drivers" that enable engagement. More

Organizations focus on employee engagement to attract and retain top talent
Reliable Plant Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the economy recovers and workforce expansion rises, concerns about engaging employees and retaining critical talent are top of mind for many organizations, amid continuing cost pressures. Mercer's 2010 Attraction and Retention Survey found that more than one-quarter of participating organizations are expanding their overall workforce, while only 3 percent have instituted broad-based reductions. By comparison, Mercer's Leading through Unprecedented Times Survey conducted in May 2009 showed fewer firms indicated they were hiring and expanding overall, while more firms instituted broad-based reductions. More

Workers look for better jobs
The Cincinnatti Enquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Workers are increasing the hunt for better jobs for the first time since before the Great Recession began, a good indicator that recovery is taking hold. The number of U.S. workers voluntarily quitting their jobs exceeded the number of those laid off or fired in Feb., March and April for the first time since November 2008, new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. More
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