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Companies around the world are using FiSH Philosophy for employee engagement, Celplast Metallized Products has taken it to the next step and adopted this philosophy to their production!
Celplast’s first step was to hold a Kaizen event to determine their production standard, once the standard was communicated, custom-built live data displays were installed and when employees meet the standard on the production line, a fish will appear on the display.Visual reminder of how well they are doing!
The FiSH Philosophy has 4 concepts:
- Choose Your Attitude –Make a conscious choice and recognize the impact
- Make Their Day –Value and recognize others
- Be There –Be fully…
Our attendees saw with their own eyes the difference between Push and Pull production!
Push or Pull System?? As we learnt at Saand Rexdale, it is better to pull. Pat Daniels, Director of Operations, for Saand Inc. hosted a group of eager supervisors, quality and continuous improvement personnel for a game of Lean Lego!
The game is designed to illustrate how lean techniques can make processes more efficient and with Pat covering many lean concepts including waste, inventory and work-cells; he demonstrated that Companies can improve efficiency with little monetary investment.
“There is simply not enough relevant intelligence available for manufacturers to generate the critical action plans for employee/labour skills and capabilities planning,” said Al Diggins, Chairman of the Board, Treasurer and General Manager, EMC.
How does a Manufacturing facility keep up to date with labour trends in their city? How do the Companies know what gaps are in their region?
LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION
|They say there are 3 constants in labour market information:|
"The competition for talent is poise to become one of the most defined economic issue of the 21st century…"
Kristi Barnes, Director – Performance Culture with Maple Lodge Farms presented best practices for Talent Attraction and Retention.
- Identifying needs can be difficult, how do you know when employees are going to retire or what automation will you be incorporating in the next 3 years? A strategic approach to understanding current and projected headcount needs is essential.
- What gives your company a competitive advantage? This needs to be understood before you can attract…
Although much attention has been focused on the increase to the provincial minimum wage, it is important to note that Bill 148 introduced many additional amendments and with marijuana in the workplace only months away, yesterday's presentation, located in Brampton, was pertinent.
It was a jam-packed morning with Damien Buntsma, Associate Counsel with Miller Thomson LLP, presenting current and future changes. The presentation was divided into 3 parts: Bill 148, Marijuana: Controlled Substances in the Workplace and RWT & Mental Health. Summary of areas covered is below.
- Minimum wage
- Equal Pay for Equal Work (effective April 1, 2018)
- Paid Vacation
- Public Holiday Calculation
- Overtime Pay
- Personal Emergency Leave
- Leaves of Absences
To cross the road I may go directly, or I may use a nearby footbridge. Crossing the road directly gives me an opportunity to reach the other side quickly, but if I take that opportunity there is an increased risk of injury from moving cars.
What did I just demonstrate?
There are risks in all systems, processes and functions.
Blake Roussell, QHSE Manager with Welded Tube of Canada presented risk-based thinking. Blake explained what risk-based thinking is and the actions that Companies can take to meet ISO9001:2015.
- How can I avoid or mitigate risk?
- Implement the action
- Check the effectiveness
- Learn from the experience – improve
Risk-based thinking becomes proactive rather them reactive. It reduces the…
Great question! The first time I heard this metaphor was at the “How to Manage an Aging Workforce” SIG at PolyOne Canada Inc. last week. Carmine Domanico, Senior Human Resource Manager at PolyOne Canada presented a fantastic informational session on Aging Workforce.
The “Silver Tsunami” refers to the aging workforce.
10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day – a trend that began in 2011 and will continue until 2030. In addition to the aging workforce, millennial opportunists are leaving companies to grow their career, this leaves HR professionals planning for employee exits.
Carmine reviewed 4 Ways for Companies to Overcome Aging Workforce Issues:
- Encourage Boomers to Stay
- Build a Mentoring Culture
- Invest in Employee Career Development
On September 28, 2017, ABM North America shared their best practice of Training & Development. Marela Vucic, Director-HR, presented how her and the team at ABM North America reinvented their training & development program.
Marela started the presentation with 2 very important messages:
- Collaboration is most important to training & development. It is not HR telling you what to do!
- Value People!
Marela along with Ruggero Comisso, Production Manager and John Siebner, Director of Operations, reviewed the training orientation packages for both temporary workers and full-time workers, however this article will focus on temporary workers.
Step 1: Build a relationship with the temporary agencies. If you…
On September 21st, Crystal Fountains hosted Damian Buntsma & Greg Bush from Miller Thomson. Damian & Greg presented information on Social Media and an update on Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017 recommendations.
Bill 148 passed:
- First reading June 2017
- Second reading September 2017
- Third reading is expected before 2017-year end
Bill 148 Recommendations (not a full list):
- Equal Pay for Equal Work:
- Can use seniority system (including accumulated hours of work) as one of the grounds on which pay differences can be justified.
- Paid Vacation:
- Increased to 3 weeks and vacation pay to 6% after an employee has worked for 5 years or more (with same employer).
- Emergency Leave…
If you are to ask Jonathan Owens, Plant Manager of Crystal Fountains in Vaughan, Ontario he will tell you it is the goalie!
Quality System processes, scorecards and strategies can be difficult to develop; however, these same quality systems protect your customer and your company. Quality errors can be very expensive. Rework, decrease in brand name reputation and waste are a few factors out of many that can touch the bottom line through quality issues.
Jonathan’s message to the guests at…
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