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nGROUP Performance Blog

Understanding the Situation: Employee Impact on Your Business

Posted by David Hair on Dec 3, 2018 4:39:00 PM

Your employees are the backbone of your business. Satisfied, engaged, and high-performing employees can help your organization advance. On the other hand, an unhappy, unengaged, and underperforming workforce can hold you back and have an adverse effect on your competitive positioning. By understanding the current labor landscape and assessing its impact on your business, you can determine what steps you need to take to maximize the potential of your workforce.

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Topics: Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Employee Impact, reduce labor costs, warehouse efficiency, labor shortage, Labor Management, Energize Employees

A True Win-Win: Blue Collar Productivity

Posted by Ryan Cates on Sep 9, 2016 10:58:29 PM
Creating an effective incentive program for blue collar labor can lead to improved service levels, reduced labor cost, happier well-paid employees and greater profits. The key word is effective.
Incentive Pay
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Topics: Labor Management, Business, Workforce Management, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Employee Impact, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions, reduce labor costs, Human Logistics

How Often Should You Evaluate Engineered Standards?

Posted by David on Aug 9, 2016 10:39:14 AM

Engineered standards are key to implementing production planning, management reporting, incentive structures, and individual accountability.  Standards are developed using techniques that create fair expectations of the output projected over a specific time frame.

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Topics: Labor Management, Business, Management Mistakes, Employee Impact, risk, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, nGROUP, Analysis, Process Analysis

Revisiting The Talent Myth

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 15, 2014 2:38:46 PM

One of my favorite themes in Malcolm Gladwell’s work is his perspective on talent. Several of his books and essays focus on how we identify talent, how it develops and what it is. The concepts are worth revisiting as I see a lot of essays, blogs, and articles focused on the theme of how to find and engage the “best talent”.

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Topics: Human Logistics, Business, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management, Employee Impact, Management Impact, Labor Management

A Better Culture On The Production Floor

Posted by Ryan Cates on Nov 12, 2014 6:43:48 PM

Years ago I worked with two 3PL’s that had cross-docking operations in the Southeastern US.  On paper, the businesses were strikingly similar. Both supported big box retailers with highly manual processes. They had dramatic fluctuations in volume and frequent interruptions to production planning due to upstream supply chain issues. The companies paid market competitive, but relatively meager wages, and had a workforce primarily made up of minorities.

However, their cultures were as different as night and day. So, what made these two similar operations so different?

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Topics: Human Logistics, Business, Workforce Management, 3PL, Increase Productivity, Employee Impact, Energize Employees, Labor Management

Beyond Minimum Wage: Are You Paying or Being Paid a "Living Wage?"

Posted by David on Sep 4, 2014 3:06:33 PM

A term you’ll often hear in conjunction with minimum wage is “living wage”, which is the amount an individual must earn to cover a normal standard of living.  Living wage is becoming the standard for how the minimum wage should be calculated.

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Topics: Business, Cost, Employee Impact, Labor Solutions, Energize Employees, labor costs, reduce labor costs, Human Logistics, labor shortage

Final nGroup Q & A: Breakout 5

Posted by David on Aug 28, 2014 3:43:25 PM

This is the last nGroup breakout! We hope you've enjoyed reading the answers to questions we have commonly been asked.  If you have any others, please ask by contacting or tweeting at us @ngrouppartners.  Hope to hear your feedback soon!

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Topics: Human Logistics, Labor Management, Lean Manufacturing, Outsourcing, Business, Cost, nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, performance partners, reduce labor costs, Process Analysis, Employee Impact