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Getting to the next generation

By Paul Hogendoorn

Two of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers today are attracting and retaining young people. This didn't just happen all of a sudden - it started a generation or two ago, and it might take a generation to fix it. Wages are not the issue - it's part perception, part education, and part the failure of employers to recognize that young people are looking for different things from their jobs today than previous generations were.


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No offense to anyone else in the organization, but the people that add the most value to the product daily are the people actually doing the work on the factory floor. We need to start thinking of them as "value adders" and not as a "cost" or "expense". They add value; they don’t take away value. The more "value adders" an organization has, the better.


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Feeding the Wolves

By Paul Hogendoorn

There’s a great lesson that we can learn from an American legend that is often retold. It can teach us something for our society and for our companies, but its first something that we have to learn for ourselves personally, and often something that we have to relearn everyday.


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Your starting line is the metaphoric trophy wall of the performance evaluation realm, and although this group only represents about 10% of your population, they are consistently reaping above average praise for performing above expectation quarter-after-quarter. This must be a sign that your performance evaluation structure is working as it should, or is it? The star population are by nature self-starters. They are motivated to shine and as a result they receive the attention of the c-suite, and admiration of their peers, but they, like your bottom line depend on the second line to get results. This article argues on behalf of those average performers who are often on the losing side of evaluations and who find themselves stuck in the “average performer” rut.


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5 Key Principles of Employee Engagement

By Mathias Durnford – 1 Comment

EMC is happy to welcome our newest Member Blogger: Mathias Durnford from our Nova Scotia Member - Farnell Packaging Limited.


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A quick look at the IoT revolution coming to our manufacturing world and comparing it to times when the PLC first came on the scene 40 years ago. For smaller manufacturing companies especially, simply keeping up is actually falling behind. This is the time to take advantage of new technology, innovative young talent, and the experience and wisdom of a well seasoned generation.


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The new mandate of IT is to connect people and create value, but this attitude has not yet made it to the factory floor. It's time for industry to catch up. Information alone is not going to propel our companies to new heights, but knowledge can. And knowledge comes from people.


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There is a constant buzz around the future of manufacturing, trends of onshoring, lack of skilled workers and the introduction of new technology. Here is what major influencers in manufacturing have to say about it.


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Finishing Well

By Paul Hogendoorn

A tribute, to a friend of industry, a leader and teacher that continues leading and teaching in a gentle but persistent way, Steve Krar.


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Closing the gap – minding what matters most

By Paul Hogendoorn

Manufacturing in North America created the middle class, and the middle class is what makes our country great. Our sector has faced a lot of challenges in the last two decades, but it's on the rebound, and that is good news for our whole society. But, more challenges lay ahead, as do more opportunities to make things even better.



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