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nGROUP Performance Blog

What Makes A Good Manager: Characteristics To Look For

Posted by Ryan Cates on Dec 17, 2018 10:44:00 AM

When it comes to filling management positions, many companies prefer to hire from within. The reasoning behind this is often that an existing employee knows the company culture, has established relationships within the organization, understands operational goals and has insight into the various challenges the company faces — all factors that would theoretically allow him or her to hit the ground running in the new position.

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Topics: Making a Good Manager, Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, Management Impact, Management Mistakes, reduce labor costs, Labor Management, labor shortage

nGROUP Process Analysis: The First Steps

Posted by Ryan Cates on Nov 14, 2018 10:24:00 AM

At nGROUP, we begin each engagement with a potential client with a process analysis to determine what the client’s pain points are, what the current situation is, and how nGROUP can help realize their operational potential. This process analysis includes the steps described below. Note that there may be some variation depending on the situation and service required. nGROUP does not have a one size fits all approach. We provide custom products and services based on each client's needs and opportunities.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, reduce labor costs, Lean Manufacturing, Labor Management, performance partners, nGROUP, warehouse efficiency, Process Analysis Steps

Is Your Workforce Management Hurting Your Business

Posted by Ryan Cates on Oct 29, 2018 1:34:00 PM

According to Harvard Business Review, an organization’s long-term success hinges on enterprise alignment — a value chain in which the organization’s purpose is aligned to its business strategy, organizational capability, resource architecture, and management systems. Among management systems, workforce management is perhaps one of the most critical, since every organization depends on the efficient management of its talent to accomplish its objectives. In this endeavor, cost and performance are both important aspects to consider.

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Topics: Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Process Analysis, Labor Cost Solution, reduce labor costs, performance partners, warehouse efficiency, nGROUP, Workforce Management

Using Technology To Improve Your Workforce Management Tools

Posted by Ryan Cates on Oct 29, 2018 10:13:54 AM

Technological advancements have an impact on every industry — especially manufacturing. In fact, according to the report “Exponential technologies in manufacturing” by Deloitte and Singularity University, 86 percent of the top 100 companies by R&D spend are in the manufacturing sector. The main technology investment areas for these companies include cloud computing, advanced analytics, modeling and simulation, optimization and predictive analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.

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Topics: Workforce Management, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Warehouse Technology, Process Analysis, reduce labor costs, warehouse efficiency, Workforce Management Tools

10 Questions To Determine If Your Pay For Performance Program Is Effective.

Posted by David on Aug 23, 2016 10:59:04 AM

Incentivizing workers is at the heart of free enterprise. However, in order for a pay for performance program to work in a labor intensive system, certain conditions and variables are necessary to consider when planning an EFFECTIVE incentive pay program.

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Topics: Uncategorized, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Improving Production Yields, Labor Cost Solution, Labor Solutions, reduce labor costs, Labor Management, performance partners

Manufacturing Management: Learn What The Japanese Do, Then Do It better

Posted by David on May 23, 2015 11:26:25 AM

Throughout the U.S., the greatest obstacle for Operational and Human Resource professionals hit while trying to improve their labor management is a resistance to change. The pressure to succeed makes companies less open to taking risks and trying new techniques. Yet, businesses have to make modifications to keep up with a shifting national and global economy.

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Topics: Business, Cost, Warehouse Technology, Process Analysis, performance partners, warehouse efficiency, Manufacturing Management

Top 10 Characteristics To Look For While Staffing A Lean Organization

Posted by David on Sep 2, 2014 1:25:52 PM

Does your organization the term “lean” as a belief of managing people, process or P&L’s, or as slang for having the appearance of managing by rigorous principals?

At its core, "lean" is a production philosophy that considers any resources, other than the direct value for the end customer, to be wasteful. "Lean" was introduced to the business world in the 1990’s and organizations have been adopting this idea of utilizing KPI, Five S, Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen to drive their organization since.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Business, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, Labor Management