You have seen the invitations and if you couldn’t make it, you wondered just what was that all about? The answer in one word is Collaboration!
A quick recap of the Belleville and Peterborough events…
Belleville and Area Manufacturers met in early October in Belleville where we heard from Al Diggins, President & General Manager of EMC and Chad Metcalf, President of Value Stream Solutions Inc.
Al of EMC, discussed how industry is leveraging expertise and existing experience in our own manufacturing communities, through networking with each other. An overview of the programs and partnerships designed to help manufacturers competitive.
Chad of Value Stream Solutions, presented on…
Obesity, Poor eating habits, Physical inactivity and Smoking are affecting your workforce and account for 75% of your health care costs. Is it worth investing in a Wellness Program?
Let’s start with some Canadian stats because we all like data.
- In any given week, 500,000 Canadians will not go to work due to mental health issues
- Mental health accounts for 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs
- In 2012, absenteeism costs topped $16 billion
- Of LTD claims, 2/3 are directly linked to mental health and/or addiction
- Employees classified as obese have an average of 77% higher drug costs
In this session we reviewed the following factors;
It sounds so easy, but Lean initiatives can be difficult to implement and even more difficult to maintain! At the latest Lean SIG event in Eastern Ontario, Senior Managers explored challenges and discussed managing and sustaining their Lean continuous improvement initiatives.
The SIG event featured Senior Managers coming together to learn from each other about how they manage and sustain Lean initiatives. Here are some of the issues they shared experiences, successes and challenges on:
- How to have all their employees actively engaged and involved in thinking about improving.
- How to have continuous improvement become routine and part of the work, as opposed to viewed as something else that has to be done besides the regular work.
- What’s been most effective to…
We had a full room of 22 participants hosted by INVISTA (Canada) Company in Kingston, to hear Lynne Campbell and Lorne Watters from WSIB speak about managing challenging cases. Something all companies are faced with at some point in time.
This was an informative session and Lynne and Lorne were great to answer a variety of questions. They also provided a great link resource for Mental Health concerns, which I will include below. If you have any questions regarding this presentation please contact me for information.
Some of the discussion points of the presentation;
- Changes in how WSIB have managed Psychiatric and Chronic Pain Disability (CPD)and the change process
- Psych/CPD Case Manager Focus
- Decision making guided by…
EMC members met in Belleville at Vantage Foods where we were treated to a fantastic tour of the plant, where they manufacture beef, pork and sausages. With a plant expansion on the horizon this is a facility that we will want to tour again! After the tour and some EMC updates we warmed up with some beverages and sat down to talking about managing Attendance.
We discovered that this was being handled very individually by the companies represented, making it interesting to hear the variations and take some ideas away with them. Food for thought shall we say...well we were at a food plant! Here are some of the handlings;
- To be considered internally promotable your attendance record has to be clean for 2 years in order to be considered a candidate. This is also listed as a job requirement in the posting.
- Accrue attendance quarterly and if no time…
This group is often perceived to be the hardest to “engage” and yet for so many reasons the most important level. They are the extension of your company culture and reputation for your afternoon, midnight and weekend shifts.
Recently EMC members gathered in both the Quinte/Belleville/Kingston Consortium (Feb) as well the GTA/York Region Consortium (Mar) in round-table discussions on how we are engaging our supervisory level. This had terrific turn-outs for both areas and here are some of the discussion points/feedback;
Training & Development
- Most of our members prefer to promote from within but this can have negative impacts as well;
- Can put companies in a short resource situation
- Often Managers are…
At the latest Eastern ON Lean SIG event, EMC members learned firsthand how an effective SMED (Single-Minute Exchange of Die) program will dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete equipment changeovers.
The SIG event featured a SMEDbest practice work shop presentation from Jamie Rodden, Operational Excellence Support for Sandvik Materials Technology. SMED or Single Minute Exchange of Die is a Lean tool that focuses on challenging current changeover practices to achieve the fastest, most effortless changeover possible.
Jamie’s work shop presentation (proprietary to Sandvik) included a hands on simulation for participants to change a machine tool from one size to another. The simulation,…
The discussion certainly turned perceptions on the topic upside down.
The modern workplace is no different than those of years past, the younger generation of newcomers, the middle aged managers, and older generation senior executives. But as more boomers work past “retirement” age, and tech-savvy millennials enter the workforce, the stark differences in values, communication styles and work habits of each generation are becoming increasingly pronounced.
But is it? And in fact, do we give less credit to the “younger folk” than we ought to?
We all know that…
Jean-Francois Legault, CI Manager at Potvin Construction shares the keys to success with Lean Six Sigma project implementation!
At the latest Eastern ON Lean SIG event, EMC members were warmly welcomed by Potvin Construction! The SIG event featured an impressive presentation from Jean-Francois "JF" Legault, CI Manager. JF shared Potvin's approach to Lean improvements, in particular their project implementation strategy which begins with strong Management support. This support includes annual strategy development goals revolving around 3 key pillars:
- Enhancing the Core (identifying, planning and executing CI…
On Oct.30th EMC Members from all over Eastern Ontario gathered at SABIC Innovative Plastics in Long Sault, ON to share their Lean initiatives and how it changed their way of thinking.
"LEAN is a Journey, not a Destination. In fact, it is really a way of thinking here at SABIC!" said the Site Leader at the Long Sault Plant, Ahmet Kizilirmakli during the introduction opening of the SIG Event.
During the presentation Ahmet introduced the members to his Corporate Lean/Six Sigma Leader from SABIC Corporate office; Daniel Glidden. Danny was excited to join us on this SIG Event and he shared his perspective of Six Sigma as a Master Black Belt Six Sigma Leader and the subject…
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