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7 Safety Features Every Modern Workplace Should Have

Posted by Guest Contributor on Dec 12, 2017 8:21:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, John Stuart of Creare Marketing discusses how to maintain workplace safety in the modern business world.  

Whether we’re talking about a small business that’s just starting up or a larger firm with dozens of employees, office safety is essential in any workplace. Hazards and risks are rare but not unavoidable. As a result, it’s the employer’s responsibility to create a safe and secure place for employees. The office does not only accommodate employees, it also houses valuable contracts, sensitive agreements and expensive equipment. All of this has to be kept safe around the clock. To come to your help, we’ve compiled a list of the most important safety features a modern workplace should have.

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Topics: Sustainability and Sustainable Business Practices

Building a Business Where the Best Ideas Win

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Dec 8, 2017 8:22:20 AM

“Rather than thinking you’re right, ask yourself, how do you know you’re right?” These are the sentiments of Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world, during his recent TED Talk on enhancing decision making. Dalio believes that one of the greatest tragedies of mankind is that people arrogantly and naively hold onto opinions that are incorrect, and act on those views without any verification process. His tactics may be too radical for some, but the principles his company is applying every day to create an idea meritocracy could help any business or individual reach better outcomes. The approach is based on truthfulness and transparency. Find the smartest people who may disagree with you and do your best to fully understand their perspectives. The ability to see things collectively above one’s self leads to much more effective decision making. Rather than arguing over opinions, shift the conversation to figuring out objective criteria for determining which opinions are the best. Then embrace the mistakes and collect what you’ve learned to create your ultimate code for making decisions.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

8 Cybersecurity Tips for Your Business

Posted by Guest Contributor on Dec 6, 2017 8:18:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Digital Strategist, Danish Wadhwa, discusses how you can keep your company cyber-safe and secure.

A survey by Nationwide informs that about eight in 10 small business owners do not have a plan to respond to the cyber-attack, even though most of them (63%) have previously suffered from at least one type of cyber-attack.

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Topics: Industry News, Analytics and Technology

Are You a Negotiation Leader?

Posted by Dan Grant on Dec 1, 2017 1:15:17 PM

At the recent Prime Advantage Fall Conference, negotiation expert, Julie Kowalski of Spizzerinctum Group, held a professional development session that presented the tools for becoming a great negotiator. She outlined the factors affecting successful negotiations, shifts in strategies, vocabulary to use, debunked assumptions, and a bundle of top techniques. Here are some of the tactics that were discussed that you can employ today to become a leader in your negotiations:

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

How Great Leaders Make Employees Feel Valued

Posted by Guest Contributor on Nov 21, 2017 8:47:00 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tiffany Rowe of Seek Visibility discusses how to keep employees fully engaged and feeling appreciated.

As a leader, you want to make sure your employees feel valued and appreciated for their unique contributions to the team. That’s because employees who don’t feel appreciated in their positions are employees who aren’t giving their work 100%. They might even be

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

How to Achieve Impressive Healthcare Savings with Prime Advantage

Posted by Mike McDonald on Nov 10, 2017 7:59:32 AM

We’ll get right to the point: the Prime Advantage Healthcare Program is a unique—and exclusive—program that’s designed to lower the benefit costs for Prime Advantage Members and Suppliers, as well as reduce benefit administration time and improve employee health, productivity and retention.

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Topics: Healthcare

Transform Your Organization by Putting People First

Posted by Dan Grant on Oct 25, 2017 11:50:00 AM

We’re in the era of “always-on transformation,” says organizational change expert, Jim Hemerling, during his TED Talk on tactics businesses can use to successfully implement change. The rate of globalization and technological advancements require organizations to be nimble to adapt to an ever-shifting landscape. Change can be difficult, exhausting, and we typically resist it when it’s imposed on us. But if leaders are more proactive in their execution, they won’t leave employees in crisis mode. Decision-makers need to resist the comfort of focusing on short-term results so as not to mortgage the company’s future. So how can this be accomplished seamlessly?

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

Want to Be More Productive? It All Starts With…

Posted by Alison Chebuhar on Oct 23, 2017 7:30:00 AM

I’m busy, you’re busy, we’re all so busy. As companies get leaner and technology makes us more efficient and empowered, we’re all tackling more throughout our day which continuously raises the bar for us to keep outdoing each other. Exhausting. So how are we ever going to get everything done? The key to maximizing your output lies in how you start your day. It sets the tone and makes or breaks your ability to successfully plow through that to-do list.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Modern Business Traveler Requires a Modern Policy

Posted by Guest Contributor on Oct 16, 2017 2:45:25 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share their insights on the present and future of manufacturing success. In this post, Kari Bigot of ALTOUR discusses how to tackle travel expenses in today’s business world.

The “modern business traveler” – new terminology being used to describe today’s business traveler or what the travel industry used to commonly refer to as the “road warriors.”  But, as we all know, there’s a lot more changes happening in travel than simple updates to terminology.   Organizations of all sizes are being challenged with a dynamically growing and changing segment of doing business – travel.  And, within travel comes costs, liability, and instability. As travel (and entertainment) typically sits within the top three expenditures for a business, it should be an area of focus for senior management; however, often times (for a variety of reasons) travel gets pushed to the “back burner.”  More often, we see this  scenario playing out in small and midsize enterprises where the lack of leverage for negotiating with suppliers, coupled with a smaller travel program size, tends to impede the strength and/or objectives of a successful travel policy.

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Topics: Industry News

Manufacturers Can Increase ROI by Taking Winter Precautions

Posted by Guest Contributor on Oct 10, 2017 4:23:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Tim Neroni, President and Managing Partner at KMH Systems, Inc., discusses how to boost your bottom line by winterizing your docks.

Investing in making doors and docks energy efficient can return a different kind of green in the form of measurable cost savings. The more docks with weather-stripping problems, the higher the energy costs in the facility. You can increase your ROI quickly before the cold weather hits and make your docks a safer and more comfortable environment for your workers and products.

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