Process Zones

Exploring the: Training & Personnel Zone
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New Titles, New Roles

Stepping up is what makes a good team great.


The Attentiveness Gap

American visitors to Japan noticed the focus of manufacturing employees there.


TMA’s Training 2.0

A different and newly equipped training program addresses the needs of Illinois-area manufacturers as those needs have changed in recent years. The success of the new program suggests questions for leaders in other regions of the country.


Another Look at Training

Two different approaches to training get the majority of attention—general training of potential shop employees (such as that taught in trade programs) and training of existing employees on a shop’s specific equipment and environment.


After the Cell Phone Ban

How will you deal with the problem of employees being distracted by devices? This shop implemented a cellphone ban last year. The shop owner says the pain passes, but the benefits last.


All-In for Apprentices

The apprenticeship program at Grob Systems offers a free associate’s degree, a paycheck and the possibility to launch a manufacturing career with the company.


Play it Safe

Safety procedures often are sidestepped because the employee thinks he or she can get away with it every once in a while. Yet fluky injuries do happen during brief lapses in good judgement.


Is It Time for a Four-Day Work Week?

This shop's employees now work four 10s instead of five 8s. Here are the benefits the shop has seen.


How to Evaluate Prospective Employees

The consultant who has worked with Staub Machine describes his method for helping this shop identify candidates who have the personal attributes the shop is now seeking.


The Esteem Incentive

Does your shop’s culture encourage knowledge sharing among employees?


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