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The Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium's Senior Managers SIG and Quality & Production/CI SIG this month had the same topic - Risk Management and Risk Based Thinking.
Every year, in June, I used to “get a hate on” for insurance companies! This was the time of year when all the renewals happened – car insurance (which never seemed to go down – only up); house and business insurance - if any of you have owned a century home and run 2 businesses from it – one that required additional insurance for liability etc. – you will understand my level of frustration at the extra costs incurred. Now, I don’t have the house or the issues with insurance, but I, also,…
It seems as though September is the start of a new year, not January, at least as far as back to school and back to Strategic Interest Group sessions go.
The Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium SIGs were, as always, interesting and informative.
The IT Group met on September 12th and discussion included everything from servers to security to cell phones. My apologies that I cannot report in detail the discussions as most of them are too technical for my ability to comprehend.
The Senior Managers gathered on the 13th at Glueckler Metal Inc. at their Elmvale plant. Discussion centred on OEE – Overall Equipment Efficiency – how it is measured and monitored. This session, also, included a plant tour as most of the attendees had not…
The summer hiatus is upon us. One would think, with SIG activity slowing down, we
Field Service Advisors (FSA’s) would be able to sit back and put our feet up and relax
after all the SIG sessions, member visits and other travel to events hosted by EMC during
the rest of the year (there’s a lot of them!)... However, that is not the case!
So, what do we do in the summer?
- We get out and visit as many of our members as possible. Still driving – just nicer weather in which to do it We want to learn about your challenges and successes and ensure that you are all taking advantage of all that EMC has to offer – especially as the list of offerings and beneficial opportunities for our members continues to grow.
- We want to know your pain points so that we can gear SIG (Strategic Interest Group) sessions to topics that are…
On June 8th, the Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium members gathered for our annual Labour Law Update.
Many thanks go to Ivy Eriksen and the folks at Canplas for, once again, hosting the session in their wonderful large training room. There were 31 of us at the session and the size of room allowed optimum comfort for the attendees.
Doug MacLeod and Nicole Simes from the MacLeod Law Firm were our presenters and, as in previous years, they did an excellent job in catching us up on changes and proposed changes.
The information shared included:
- Updates on Wrongful Dismissal court cases
- Updates on:
- Employment Contract:
- Presumed Inequality in Bargaining Power
- Sign Before Starting
- Employee Policy Manual
- Termination Clauses
- Reduce Chance of Constructive Dismissal Claim
- Non-Solicitation Clauses
- Monitoring Email Use
- Discipline Clause
- Other Clauses
- Employment Contract:
- Proposed Changes to the Employment Standards Act
- Equal pay for equal work:
- Equal pay for assignment employees from temporary…
- Equal pay for equal work:
Why are our Strategic Interest Groups successful?
EMC's more successful SIG events have a high level of commitment to attending and participating… from Senior Management through to the various key managers, supervisors, lead hands, and shop floor workers who are involved in the decision making process.
The consortium size has very little to do with how successful the SIG events are!
Some of EMC's most productive SIG events have not necessarily had the highest number of attendees. On occasion (depending on subject matter), a few smaller, focused groups have allowed for more in depth questioning and discussion for our members.
On the other end of the scale, EMC has hosted extremely successful events where the member's boardroom was 'bursting at the seams', providing increased subject matter…
Hiring and retaining employees was the focus of the Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium Strategic Interest Group sessions for both the Quality & Production group and the Human Resources group.
The challenges of finding skilled labour were discussed and this continues to be an ongoing issue.
Many folks are reaching out to apprenticeship and starting their own in house as well as coordinating with various government programs such as Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs. These steps will bode well for future needs but companies are still struggling to fill immediate need.
One of the elements that is very clear is that some of the millennial folks that are hired approach work/life differently to older folks.
Where this can become an issue for employers is relating to this younger…
Lively discussion happens when you combine the Barrie/Midland Environmental, Health & Safety Strategic Interest Group with the Barrie EMC/WSIB Safety Group sessions!
No time was wasted as the group with the guidance of Laura Rourke, EMC’s Health & Safety professional, dove into topics such as:
- MOL Blitzes for 2016-17
- The Health & Safety Checklist tool that has been developed by the MOL with EMC and can be found at:http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/FormDetail?OpenForm&ACT=RDR&TAB=PROFILE&SRCH=&ENV=WWE&TIT=1960&NO=1960E
- Noise Regulation 381/15
- Duty to protect workers
- Training & Instruction
This topic was the source of a great deal of discussion at the Barrie/Midland and Area Quality & Production Strategic Interest Group session on February 10th.
The consensus of the group was that everyone in the company is responsible for quality and the components that go into a good quality system are:
- Standard Operating Procedures for the operators to follow. These should be developed with the operators and followed by the operators.
- SOPs should include Physical Demands Assessments.
- Internal audits, management reviews, and document control should be done by a quality person (manager)
- Audit your suppliers – their systems, NCRs, etc. This…
It has been a while since I wrote about the very dynamic, intelligent, masters of change of whom the Barrie/Midland IT Strategic Interest Group is composed.
If you have contemplated buying a new electronic device (for work or for your home), you have, probably, gone through the decision exercise of “do I buy it now or do I wait a couple of months until the latest version of the operating system, phone gadgets, curved screen, flexible screen, etc. comes out?”
Companies are dealing with change at a more and more rapid pace – just Google Change Management and you will see many articles, papers, vendors, etc. all devoted to dealing with and managing change.
The IT folks in our group here in the Barrie/Midland and Area Consortium are dealing with change on a continual, daily basis. Hence, my reference to “masters of change”.
It, literally, boggles my mind how they keep up with everything – all the while speaking a language which I have come to semi-understand over the years of facilitating this group.
I do not write regular blogs about this group because, quite frankly, although I understand at a higher level what they are talking about, I do…
This month, the Senior Managers in the Barrie/Midland & Area Consortium got together to compare notes regarding Business Strategies for 2015.
The discussion included processes for objective setting and what areas are looked at to do this.
Our host, Prodomax Automation, shared that they took the following areas into account when developing their strategies:
- Human Resources
- Training & Development
- Health & Safety
Most companies develop their objectives looking at these areas. The Corporate objectives (including financial targets) are broken into Corporate initiatives and then Department initiatives. Individual initiatives are determined and put into play through…
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