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Medical Expenses Could Be Hindering Your Employees’ Performance

Posted by Joe Ptak on Oct 20, 2016 2:00:00 PM

What's the number one reason for bankruptcy in the United States? Is it our Amazon Prime addiction? No. Is it our unused gym memberships? Nope. Is it grocery shopping when we’re hungry? No, it's not that either. The actual answer is, medical expenses. Now, fortunately for the majority of us, the financial horror never reaches the point of Chapter 13. However, ever-rising healthcare costs is an issue that creates some degree of stress for all of us. And that stress, could be costing your company enough money to name a wing of a hospital.

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Topics: Supplier and Member Best Practices, Talent and Leadership

How to Rise to the Occasion and Perform Under Pressure

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Oct 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Pressure, pushing down on me…

We’ve all been there: We find ourselves in a pressure-packed situation where we must get an important job done in the face of adversity. Maybe we’re on a time crunch. Or maybe we’re understaffed or under-resourced. Maybe we’re performing a task that is way out of our comfort zone. Or maybe we find that business with a VIP customer is hanging in the balance. Whatever the case may be, we need to be able to step up to the challenge when the heat dial gets turned up.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

How to Deal with Chronic Complainers

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 14, 2016 11:46:24 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to navigate through negativity in the workplace. 

I often start my speeches on employee engagement sharing prototypes of various kinds of disengagement. The audience favorite is always Betty Boatrocker-- "Her life feels like a sad country song, every little thing is wrong."

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

How Your Business Can Get Lucky

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Sep 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM

As the saying goes, it’s better to be lucky than good. But ideally, you can be both: You can put in the hard work, master your craft as best you can, while setting yourself up for outcomes that break in your favor from time to time. You can minimize the amount of “chance” in your equations by governing the controllable within them. Your organization will never be perfectly insulated from potential disasters, but much like putting on your seatbelt, you can reduce the probability they will happen. Here are some tips on how to increase your odds of getting on Lady Luck’s good side:

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Topics: Supplier and Member Best Practices, Talent and Leadership

School is in Session for Your Business Too

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 23, 2016 1:14:29 PM

It’s the time of year for the kids to go back to the classroom. Maybe we should too.

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Andy McNulty of Communication Performance Management Associates, discusses how we should never stop applying the fundamental principles we learned in the classroom.

Shhhh…listen. Do you hear it? Do you hear the sobbing, the sniffling, the moans and the groans? That’s right kids, the bus is coming. And the teachers and bus drivers are not happy. OK, ideally the teachers and bus drivers ARE looking forward to another school year. Hopefully the only sobbing and sniffling is coming from the kids who, understandably, don’t want summer to end. They want to keep playing, going to the pool, and sleeping late. Who wouldn’t?

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

4 Steps to Scaling Your Business

Posted by Dan Grant on Aug 16, 2016 1:12:05 PM

When it comes to business, we like to think that bigger is better. Goals of a bigger customer base, bigger revenues, and bigger profits, drive most of the strategic decisions any company makes. As long as an organization doesn’t bite off more than it can chew and can handle the increased load without sacrificing quality or service, then let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. So if capacity is not an issue, how do we go about expanding our company’s breadth while pumping up that bottom line?

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Is Your Company as Good at Relationships as it Thinks?

Posted by Joe Ptak on Aug 4, 2016 1:07:21 PM

I recently read a story about how a Zappos employee set a company record by staying on the phone with a customer for 10 hours and 43 minutes. Yes, 10 hours and 43 minutes. That’s a jaw dropping level of customer service, relationship building, and insanity all wrapped up into one. Of course, this form of dedication isn’t possible for every company nor is it necessary for every type of product or service. But the bones of what Zappos is doing cracks open an important question for all of us to ask ourselves: Is my company doing everything within its power to create long-lasting relationships with our customers?

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Curbing the Pain of Healthcare Costs

Posted by Mike McDonald on Jul 22, 2016 1:11:55 PM

The cost of healthcare in the United States is in dire straits. Premiums are skyrocketing at an alarming rate and there seems to be no end in sight. The Health Affairs journal estimates that healthcare spending in the U.S. reached $3.2 trillion in 2015 and will make up a fifth of our economy in the next few years. Advancements in healthcare technology, treatments and medicines are all great for life expectancy, but they also bring an immense fiscal burden along with them.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

10 Ways to Overcome Negativity at Work

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jul 7, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well, discusses how to conquer pessimism when pursuing your professional goals.

Jane confided, "I feel like an enthusiastic puppy with all kinds of ideas and possibilities, but when I go to share them, there's always someone who stomps on my tail." John chimed in, "I know exactly what she means, everyone around here is just so negative. I'm beginning to wonder why I bother." Perhaps you've felt that way too. It can be tough to stay motivated in a negative workplace.

"Just think of any negativity that comes at you as a raindrop falling in the ocean of your bliss." -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

How to Consistently Create High-Performing Contracts

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 22, 2016 1:50:37 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share their insights on the present and future of manufacturing and business success. In this post, Shayla Price, a B2B Content Marketer, discusses how to create contracts where all parties involved can prosper. Disclaimer: The information below isn't legal advice. Seek an attorney before making any legal decisions.

For manufacturers, reliability is paramount among their suppliers.

According to Aberdeen, 70% of enterprises say that measuring supplier performance is critical or highly important to their success. A manufacturing enterprise cannot sustain without competent, dependable suppliers.

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Topics: Procurement, Talent and Leadership

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