Lean Sourcing: Proactive Preparation, Effective Execution and Intelligent Iteration

2018-07-18T19:51:36+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating|

If your facility is still reliant upon a fully traditional sourcing strategy, your company is likely missing out on the benefits lean sourcing can offer: simplicity, efficiency and profitability. We take a look at what lean sourcing is, how it can be implemented and some concrete examples of lean sourcing success stories.

National Safety Month: The History of Industrial Safety in North America

2018-06-20T17:24:43+00:00By |Safety, Compliance & Risk|

Because June is National Safety Month, Staff Management | SMX thought examining the history of industrial safety in the United States and Canada would be beneficial. Understanding the development of safety in North American industry provides us with an informed eye on the future.

The Balancing Act: 3 Strategies to Simultaneously Achieve Safety and Productivity Goals

2018-12-03T15:55:15+00:00By |Safety, Compliance & Risk|

A recent report revealed that some manufacturing leaders prioritize productivity over safety because they view safety guidelines as a productivity disruptor. Workplace safety should never be disregarded, so what can you do to keep safety on top of everyone's mind? Here are several ways to create a safety culture while maintaining high productivity levels.

The Shrinking Manufacturing Skills Gap: Is it Real?

2018-03-22T16:20:25+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

While there’s evidence that the manufacturing skills gap may be shrinking, it’s still causing headaches for many companies that operate in remote areas or tough labor markets. If you’re one of these companies that’s still feeling the negative effects of the skills gap, here are three things you can do to attract and retain skilled workers.

Traditional Staffing Providers vs App-Based Providers: Is Technology Taking Over?

2018-03-22T16:01:04+00:00By |Technology, Reporting & Analytics|

Recently, many apps have emerged that have made it even easier to connect people in this labor market to short-term or shift-by-shift jobs. These companies can now fill their temporary jobs in minutes with the click of a button. But can these apps really replace the services offered by temp agencies and traditional staffing providers?

Staffing Services Essentials: Promote Savings, Deliver Exceptional Service & Provide Quality Workers

2018-03-22T15:25:24+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating|

When you partner with a staffing firm, it's important that you're both on the same page. What really makes staffing services stand out? Find out how Staff Management | SMX drives client satisfaction.

Top Areas Talent Solution Providers Fall Short

2018-03-22T15:11:27+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

A recent report found that companies believe goal alignment with their talent solution provider is good at first, but goes downhill as the relationship progresses. If you're looking for a new staffing partner, here are three things they should offer to ensure ongoing performance success and alignment with your business objectives.

Flexible Work Arrangements: Strategies for Retention

2018-06-04T13:48:02+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

In a tight labor market, getting the best people for the job is a big enough challenge on its own. But how do you keep them invested in your company? Flexible work arrangements, like alternative scheduling, have long been popular options, but they carry challenges too. Here are our tips for efficiently implementing flexible solutions.

Additive Manufacturing as the Next Disrupter: Can Your Skilled Workforce Compete?

2018-06-04T14:10:05+00:00By |Technology, Reporting & Analytics|

The growing prominence of additive manufacturing could mean big changes for several industries and their workforce needs. We examine three prominent industries that could be disrupted by 3-D printing in the coming years and explore how their workforce will have to shift.

How Midsize Companies Can Begin Leveraging the IIoT

2018-06-04T14:51:24+00:00By |Technology, Reporting & Analytics|

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is being used by large companies to boost warehouse efficiency and reduce operating costs. But this doesn't mean there isn't room for midsize companies. Increased accessibility to technology and small implementation steps are making it easier for smaller companies to leverage the strength of IIoT.

Greenfield Investments in the US: 3 Hurdles Manufacturers Need to Hop for Success

2018-02-15T19:32:33+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating, Safety, Compliance & Risk|

Greenfield investments can be an attractive opportunity for companies based in other countries, but when they make the shift to manufacturing in the United States, they might encounter some hurdles. Here are three common hurdles, and three leaps, or strategies for overcoming them.

Flexible Job-Sharing Programs Reduce Overtime & Turnover Costs

2018-01-26T23:02:19+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating, Technology, Reporting & Analytics|

Simple scheduling has its appeal, but is it holding your operation back? Our FLEX scheduling uses a flexible job-sharing framework to help you reduce turnover and burnout while increasing fill rates.

3 Ways That Hackers Can Hijack Your Industrial Robots

2018-06-05T18:21:25+00:00By |Safety, Compliance & Risk, Technology, Reporting & Analytics|

Industrial robots can increase productivity and the quality of work produced by your operation. However, as these machines become further integrated into business networks, they could be exposed to hackers. How might cybercriminals take advantage of your robots, and what can you do about it?

Supply Chain Technology Update: Augmented Reality & Workforce Efficiency

2018-06-19T14:52:42+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating, Staffing & Industry Trends|

It's a classic business ideal: raise productivity while lowering costs. Automation is one way to pursue this goal, but human workers are still better at many critical tasks for your supply chain. So how can you leverage technology to boost the productivity of human workers in your supply chain? Augmented reality is one option, and there are several different types of solutions available.

Top Staffing Providers Promote Safety in the Workplace

2018-01-04T21:46:40+00:00By |Safety, Compliance & Risk, Staffing & Industry Trends|

Safety in the workplace is important for all businesses, but it can be especially important for companies that use contingent labor. What safety challenges are unique to the contingent workforce world, and how can you make sure that you've found a staffing partner that values safety as much as you do? Find out what your staffing partner should do to ensure compliance.

Cost, Quality, Speed: Balancing the Triple Constraints of Your Supply Chain

2018-06-20T16:49:07+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating|

An efficient supply chain will allow you to meet customer’s quality expectations and fulfill order demands quickly while delivering the most revenue. However, maintaining a balance between these key supply chain constraints – cost, quality and speed – is a difficult task for many operations.

5 Decisions Your Talent Acquisition Partner Needs to Know

2017-12-07T19:54:38+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Working with a recruiter can broaden the pool of talent from which hiring managers source candidates. But whenever the search team expands, it's important to verify that everybody's on the same page. To make sure that you're headed for success, share these five key decisions with your talent acquisition partner.

Insourced vs. Outsourced Supply Chain Management

2017-12-07T19:52:28+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating|

Many businesses choose to outsource their supply chains to leverage the resources and expertise that a third party can provide and to free up time to focus on core business objectives. While outsourcing can provide flexibility and cost savings, it also has its drawbacks. Depending on which growth stage your business is in, it may be beneficial to move your supply chain back in-house.

Single vs. Multi-Supplier Staffing Model: Which is Best for Your Operation?

2017-12-07T19:47:46+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating|

Different operations require different contingent workforce strategies. You can choose to go the single-supplier route and partner with one supplier who will take care of all your staffing needs. You can also opt for a multi-supplier strategy that distributes staffing responsibility across multiple suppliers. While both will provide the workers you need to optimize your operation and accommodate fluctuating demand, one may be better suited for your specific operational needs.

How Advanced Manufacturing is Bridging the Interest Gap

2018-06-21T18:44:50+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Advanced manufacturing is growing increasingly complex, and careers in the sector are too often left unfilled for prolonged periods of time. Part of the reason for this skills gap is a lack of interest among young people.To remain competitive, manufacturers are going to need to get tomorrow's innovators interested. Here's how industry leaders are getting kids on board.

5 Commonly Overlooked Factors to Include in Your Recruitment Market Analysis

2018-01-09T20:29:54+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Searching for top talent in today’s competitive recruitment market takes more than an attractive job description and a strong sense of company culture. With unemployment rates near pre-recession numbers, targeting quality job seekers requires an in-depth understanding of your market – an area that many employers often overlook. So, what information do you need to be successful in your search?

The Multigenerational Workforce: How Communication Styles Impact Office Culture

2018-06-04T15:29:36+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Today's workforce can include colleagues from as many as five different generations. How can you ensure that positive communication strategies forward cross-generational collaboration inside your organization? We have tips and advice.

Talent Acquisition in the Industrial Evolution

2018-01-09T20:25:58+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

The manufacturing industry is undergoing major changes. Driven by an improved economic climate and advancements in engineering and technology systems, these developments are paving the way for a technical-centric industrial evolution – more often referred to as the fourth Industrial revolution.

4 Things You Should Never Withhold From Your Recruiter

2018-01-09T18:48:51+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

When you’re looking to source exceptional candidates for specialized positions, you could wind up spending too much time or too many resources that you just don’t have. You might also risk hiring a bad fit. When you already have a lot on your plate, contracting a third-party recruitment agency may be the way to go.

Shorten Your Time-to-Fill Rates by Cultivating a Referral Culture

2018-01-09T18:33:55+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Considering referred candidates for vacant positions can be highly beneficial for your organization. How do you best tap this pool of largely passive talent? Here are some tips and tools for developing an employee referral program at your organization.

Recruiting Trends: Introducing the Modern Candidate

2018-01-09T18:21:28+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Recruiters everywhere are becoming familiar with a new type of candidate in the talent pool. This candidate’s resume may look different than their counterparts. They might place value on aspects of the employment offer that may not have received a lot of attention in years past.

5 Last-Minute Tips to Avoid an Understaffed Workforce During Your Ramp Up

2018-01-09T17:57:30+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Struggling to determine the number of employees you’ll need to get you through busy season? Or, do you know how many you need but just can’t find them? An understaffed or poorly planned workforce can have a significant impact on productivity and your bottom line. Overtime payroll can increase, employee motivation can decrease and quality may suffer.

How to Pick the Staffing Model That’s Right for You

2018-01-09T18:28:41+00:00By |Staffing & Industry Trends|

Many organizations have a need for contingent labor, but not all staffing models are created equal. There are a number of different models to choose from and each have their own strengths and weaknesses.Choosing the model that is the best fit for you is entirely dependent on your organization's unique needs and goals. It is important to understand where your organization stands on these three points:

Now Trending in the Labor Force: Week 34

2017-06-21T14:59:26+00:00By |Staffing & Industry Trends|

The Conference Board’s Leading Economic index for the US rose 0.4% in July to a level of 124.3 (2010 = 100) after rising 0.3% in June. Separately, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that US initial claims for unemployment fell by 4,000 in the week ended Aug. 16 to a level of 262,000. Reuters reports claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing views of labor market strength that could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates soon.

Are Your Turnover Rates Hurting Your Cost Containment Strategy?

2017-10-25T13:20:34+00:00By |Cost Containment & Lean Operating, Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

High employee turnover rates can increase spend and lower productivity. To improve your cost containment strategy and create sustainable savings, start by using these three tactics to reduce turnover.

5 Ways to Motivate Employees to Follow Your Safety Program

2017-06-23T15:05:54+00:00By |Safety, Compliance & Risk|

Is there a disconnect between the goals of your safety program and the behaviors of your employees? Try reevaluating how you motivate them! In order for your safety program to work, your employees need to be motivated and committed. Check out this blog for five ways to motivate your employees to follow your safety program

4 Most Common Safety Incidents in the Workplace [Infographic]

2017-06-21T15:12:10+00:00By |Safety, Compliance & Risk|

June is National Safety Month and Staff Management | SMX wants to help keep you, your employees and your workplace safe. Check out our infographic, 4 Most Common Safety Incidents in the Workplace, to learn about common safety hazards and the steps you can take to reduce them.

Perils of the Talent Shortage – The Biggest Villain in Town! [Infographic]

2017-06-21T15:11:41+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Experiencing a talent shortage? You're not alone. A third of employers say it's why they can't fill jobs. Check out our infographic for more details on the talent shortage and read how savvy employers are surviving the shortage.

The Inside Scoop on Global Staffing: MSP Lessons from India

2017-06-21T15:14:25+00:00By |Staffing & Industry Trends|

The global MSP market is booming and companies are looking for better deals, greater levels of service and more innovative solutions. A MSP solution can provide these benefits, and, after applying our award-winning MSP program in India, we realized several key components for success.

Who Do You Hire When There’s No One Left?

2017-06-21T15:32:25+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Over the next 13 years, 10,000 Baby Boomers are expected to retire each day. That's over 50 million people, and the following generations, Gen X and Millennials, are taking their positions in your workforce. These younger generations have different expectations for their employer and company culture and companies that don't adapt risk high turnover rates.

Evaluating Your Employer Brand

2017-06-21T16:06:44+00:00By |Recruiting, Retention & Turnover|

Your employer brand reveals a lot and it's important to maintain a strong and positive image, especially when you're trying to attract top talent. Corporate Responsibility Magazine reports that 69 percent of people wouldn't take a job with a company that had a bad reputation so here things to consider when evaluating your employer brand.