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nGROUP Performance Blog

What Does Great Labor Management Look Like?

Posted by Ryan Cates on Jan 10, 2019 12:13:00 PM

In today’s volatile marketplace, manufacturers need to function as efficiently as possible to control costs and maintain agility — both fundamental aspects of competitive positioning. As such, good labor management is critical to ensuring efficient operations. But what is labor management, how can you improve yours, and what human and technological components do you need to take into consideration?

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Topics: Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Increase Productivity, Improve Efficiency, Manufacturing Management, Warehouse Technology, Process Analysis, Labor Cost Solution, reduce labor costs, performance partners, Great Labor Management

Your Management Team Has the Keys to Your Success

Posted by David Hair on Jan 3, 2019 7:22:00 AM

“The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement.”

  • Helmut Schmidt

Although these words, attributed to the German statesman Helmut Schmidt, were originally spoken in a political context, they’re equally true when it comes to manufacturing. In this sector, continuous improvement is critical to refining processes, making operations more responsive and ultimately, becoming more competitive. To achieve continuous improvement, your management team must take the lead in driving change.

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Topics: Improve Labor Management, Workforce Management Tools, Workforce Management, Manufacturing Management, Process Analysis, reduce labor costs, performance partners

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

New Year, New Energy: Positive Change Requires Positive Energy

Posted by David on Jan 24, 2017 9:36:30 AM
Are you heading into the new year with new challenges and aggressive corporate objectives? If so, you have probably completed detailed research, developed strategies, and lead countless meetings in preparation to facilitate change in your labor-intensive operations. But have you given thought to how you are going to create the energy necessary for change to truly take place - not just on paper - but in the minds and habits of your workforce? In other words, positive and lasting change requires positive and lasting energy to be accepted and adopted at an individual level.
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Topics: Human Logistics, Labor Management, Outsourcing, Business, Process Analysis, Analysis, Energize Employees, performance partners

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

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

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

The Ingredients of a Super Bowl Winning Team

Posted by David on Jul 2, 2014 3:13:48 PM

Americans love their football and 2013's Super Bowl offered an array of "made in America" sub-plots. From the “HarBowl” story of two brothers meeting on football’s greatest stage, to Ray Lewis’ high energy, 17 year career coming to an end. Not to mention that San Francisco’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick was a rookie named full-time starter in late November AND set a single game rushing record for a quarterback.  Perhaps the most compelling take-away for me is the realization that the same team building principles of the NFL apply to American companies – especially when the business involves labor intensive operations.

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

Labor Production: Why Inaccuracy Prevents Real Results

Posted by David on Jul 2, 2014 3:12:06 PM

 

For years I complained to my wife that despite the fact that I ate healthy and lean meals, I simply could not lose weight.  At first she asked me what I had eaten and I would recite a list of healthy foods.  For quite some time, she agreed, “you are doing everything right.”  Then one day she shared an observation.

My list didn’t match my reality.  She quickly started pointing out things that she witnessed – the candy bar after lunch, the forgotten beer watching the ballgame, and the calorie dense latte.  In short, I was fooling myself.  After decades of managing and observing production floors throughout the U.S., I realized that the same phenomenon takes place in almost every work site that I visit.

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