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The Most Common Project Management Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Posted by Guest Contributor on Oct 5, 2017 3:10:26 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, tech enthusiast and freelance writer, Heather Redding, discusses strategies for optimal project oversight.

Effective project management is of value to all kinds of organizations, but manufacturing in particular. Manufacturers must maintain quality and short lead times to satisfy their customer base. The tools and techniques applied in project management ensure that standards and deadlines are met. Whether it's refining procedures or launching new designs, each project stage needs to be planned to ensure delivery.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

The Key to Saving on Healthcare is to Need It Less

Posted by Mike McDonald on Oct 3, 2017 2:46:33 PM

The rising cost of healthcare is putting a tight squeeze on businesses across the country. With the prices of doctor visits, procedures, prescriptions and overall care unlikely to come down anytime soon, it’s up to the individual companies to take measures to preserve their earnings. One way many businesses are doing this is by offering employee wellness programs. Wellness programs enhance physical and psychological health for employees which in turn, pays dividends back to the company. The better an employee feels, the more productive they will be. Better yet, the healthier a worker is, the less he or she will require medical care. And the less healthcare incidences employees have, the less premiums will rise from year to year.

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Topics: Healthcare

The Latest Hack for the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Posted by Joe Ptak on Sep 21, 2017 12:09:16 PM

Much has been made in recent years about manufacturers struggling to find enough qualified employees to fuel their organizations. The rise of automation has squeezed out simpler job tasks and shifted the labor need to more cutting-edge competencies that machines and artificial intelligence simply cannot yet perform without human alliance. The latest strategy companies are employing to fill in this gap is using augmented reality to help teach employees the advanced skills modern manufacturing is clamoring for.  

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Topics: Analytics and Technology

Companies are Taking a New Approach to Healthcare Benefits

Posted by Mike McDonald on Sep 13, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Businesses across the country are changing the way they think about healthcare coverage and employee engagement. The current and outdated system has been in place for 30 years and is responsible for the cost of healthcare rising so high, that it severely cuts into employee paychecks and employer profits.

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Topics: Healthcare

Plan Ahead: 4 Early Bird Tips for Busy Seasons

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 7, 2017 10:45:00 AM

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 prepare for peak workload times.

Now is the perfect time to prepare and train for the largest two retail days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. During the next couple of months, you can prepare your team in multiple areas, find weak points in your workflow, and take these weeks to make sure they are well prepared. Once the rush arrives no one will be taken by surprise, and they will be more at ease with the upsurge in activity.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

3 Often-Missed Health Checks in the Workplace

Posted by Guest Contributor on Sep 5, 2017 4:15:00 PM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Emily Roberts discusses how businesses can overcome the challenges of employee safety.

Health and safety on the jobsiteis absolutely essential. Ensuring that proper health and safety procedures are in place is about much more than just meeting legal requirements, it is about ensuring that employees have access to safe working conditions and showing that you as an employer take their health and wellbeing seriously. It is also not enough to simply hand out hard hats and other articles of safety, there are a number of other important checks that should be carried out in order to guarantee the safety of your employees.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

7 Ways to Improve Team Communication

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 31, 2017 11:43:58 AM

Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Karin Hurt, Founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and author of Winning Well and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss, discusses ways to strengthen teamwork and collaboration among colleagues.  

Nothing will enhance your team’s productivity faster than better communication. Having a deliberate process and cadence of communication will save hours of lost time, productivity and drama.

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Topics: Talent and Leadership

What to Do About Rising Health Benefits Costs

Posted by Mike McDonald on Aug 29, 2017 12:22:14 PM

As the cost of healthcare continues to skyrocket amidst sustained uncertainty with possible legislation, companies are scrambling to find solutions to weaken the pain. One method many organizations are starting to employ to combat escalating premium prices is leverage. In any business or negotiation, leverage provides a competitive advantage.  In employer provided health insurance, the same principle applies. The larger your pool of employees, the greater your risk dispersion, enabling you to have the power to contain and drive down costs.

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Topics: Healthcare

Looming Freight Capacity Concerns and Rising Rates

Posted by Guest Contributor on Aug 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM
Prime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, Neal Willis of ReTrans Freight, discusses upcoming freight limitations and price increases .

Summer’s window of vacations and time off are coming to an end and before we know it the holiday season will be upon us all the while freight shipments will continue to ramp up. Freight rates are poised to rise and the capacity situation will undoubtedly drive freight rates higher for shippers. Experts and analysts are warning shippers about the rising costs of freight rates and advising shippers to align 2018 for the pending crunch. Some brokerage heavy, large 3PLs have already fell victim to higher purchased transportation costs and their profits have taken a hit as a result.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industry News

The Blockchain is Lowering Uncertainty in the Supply Chain

Posted by Dan Grant on Aug 22, 2017 10:05:00 AM

“There is a new technological institution that will fundamentally change how we exchange value,” says Bettina Warburg during her Ted Talk on blockchain and it’s growing importance in trade and the economy. Blockchain is the latest way we as a society are trying to lower uncertainty about one another so that we can exchange value. As we’ve evolved throughout history, we’ve built formal institutions like banks, governments, and corporations, all to facilitate trade with confidence. Blockchain is the next generation of enabling trade with increased levels of assurance.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Industry News

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