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MANUFACTURING PULSE - The Inside Scoop for Manufacturing Professionals

MANUFACTURING PULSE -                            The Inside Scoop for Manufacturing Professionals | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it

What the brightest manufacturing leaders need to know to stay on top!


Covering the Latest Industry News, Career Resources, and Leadership Insights for the Busy Manufacturing Professional!

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Why the ROI of Hiring is More Important Than the Cost  

Why the ROI of Hiring is More Important Than the Cost   | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
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When the ROI is maximized in relation to compensation to profitability a company can save a lot more money than a hiring reduction or cost of hiring reduction might save them.

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5 Tips for Developing a Winning Employee Incentive System

5 Tips for Developing a Winning Employee Incentive System | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Paying out bonuses and offering stock options can benefit your company, but only if you prepare properly.
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Some companies do it right, some do it wrong, and other's don't do it at all.  It's obvious that incentives can motivate higher performance in most employees.  However, figuring out what to do and how to do it can be complicated.  This article keeps it simple and lays out some basic tenants to an incentive-compensation program. 

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How to Offer Condolences to a Co-Worker Without Unintentionally Offending

How to Offer Condolences to a Co-Worker Without Unintentionally Offending | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
A colleague returning to work while still grieving welcomes kind words but their raw emotional state makes it easy to say the wrong thing.
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Rarely do I see an article that offers such practical advice for dealing with a situation we've all faced (or will face).  How do you offer sincere and appreciated condolences and what things should you avoid saying or doing at all costs.  Knowing what to say doesn't come natural to most people so guidance like this is valuable.

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Meet the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Finalists

Meet the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Finalists | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
The finalists demonstrate admirable manufacturing performance metrics, as well as practices that exhibit a comprehensive focus on continuous improvement.
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IndustryWeek's Best Plants list is out.  Only companies with strong best practices and impressive metrics have made the cut.  

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When the Competition Is Trying to Poach Your Top Employee

When the Competition Is Trying to Poach Your Top Employee | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Don’t overreact, and don’t rush to make a counteroffer.
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This is hands-down one of the best articles I've read about what to do (and what not to do) when a candidate jumps ship and how to prevent others from following suit.  It covers everything from seeing the warning signs and handling the aftermath down to the specifics of counteroffers and retention plans.

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The Curtain Lifts on Tesla's Model X SUV

The Curtain Lifts on Tesla's Model X SUV | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
This 4x4 "goes so fast it's wrong," CEO Elon Musk said, boasting of its ability to accelerate from zero to 60 miles (100 kilometers) an hour in 3.2 seconds.
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In case you've been living under a rock and haven't seen it yet, here's Tesla's newest vehicle the Model X.  Pretty sharp! An electric-powered SUV that may embarrass some of it's gas guzzling counterparts that are out there.  At $130k though, I think I may have to wait a little longer before I sign on the dotted line!

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The 4 Myths of Employee Turnover

The 4 Myths of Employee Turnover | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Addressing your company culture isn’t easy, but it is key to keeping employee turnover and its associated costs down.
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Wow.  Some great truths here.  It's easy for a company to point fingers when they're experiencing problems in retaining employees, but this shows with the right strategy there are things that can be done to fix the problem.  And excessive turnover is a problem that's too costly not to fix.

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Will You Be Stubborn and Break, or Adaptable and Succeed?

Will You Be Stubborn and Break, or Adaptable and Succeed? | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
To succeed in any area of life, you have to be like a bridge in California, with just enough give to withstand an earthquake.
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I believe this adaptability the article describes is close to the number one predictor of whether someone will succeed and advance in their career or not.  What do you think?

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5 Ways Successful People Work Smarter, Not Harder

5 Ways Successful People Work Smarter, Not Harder | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
There's nothing wrong with hard work. But smart work will help you achieve success sooner and easier.
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For anyone who is always looking to maximize productivity while minimizing difficulty and stress, this is an excellent article on how to work smarter and not harder.

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Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts

Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Adopt a leadership mindset before you try to lead.
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Some great insights into the differences in the thought process of true leaders.

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SpaceX Rocket Explosion Caused by Faulty Strut

SpaceX Rocket Explosion Caused by Faulty Strut | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Three weeks after a SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after liftoff at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the company’s CEO Elon Musk on Monday commented on what might have caused the failed mission. Photo: NASA
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Just goes to show the importance of quality control - all this from one faulty strut.

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Loyal Is Not a Fault: Companies Can Keep Workers Longer

Loyal Is Not a Fault: Companies Can Keep Workers Longer | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
While most employees won’t retire after 64 years like Bob Miller did, companies can do more to keep workers longer.
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I love stories like this.  I always find it great when I speak with someone who's been at a company their entire career.  It may be uncommon, but there are a lot of people out there who are content in their company and passionate about their position.  I wish there were more opportunities out there that afforded the job security for dedicated and loyal employees like this.

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What To Do During Your Employees’ First Week To Avoid Losing Them

More than 40 of turnover happens within the first month, which means it's more important than ever to engage them from day one.
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If more companies would follow these kinds of tips, their retention rates would greatly improve.

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Answering the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question: A Candidate’s Guide to Making a Great First Impression While Interviewing

Answering the ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Question: A Candidate’s Guide to Making a Great First Impression While Interviewing | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Let's face it, interviewing is stressful enough without having to answer stupid interview questions. But unfortunately, many interviewers, because of habit,
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The "Tell Me About Yourself" question is one of the most challenging and puzzling questions that interviewers frequently ask. It is often the first question asked as it's considered an icebreaker, but it usually has the opposite effect and throws the interviewee for a loop.  It is probably the one question that's eliminated more candidates from consideration than all others for some basic and often silly reasons.  This is one of the absolute best articles I've ever read to prepare and respond to this question.  I highly recommend reading it and using this before beginning a job search and especially prior to an interview.  

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Dilbert Aligns His Goals

Dilbert Aligns His Goals | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Dilbert: I'm concerned that my personal goals do not align with our corporate strategy. For example, I would like to be happy. What does the company want? Boss: Well, nothing along those lines.
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Sad but true that so many people feel that not only is their company not interested in helping them meet their own personal and career goals, they in fact are conspiring to make their lives miserable. Good leaders - beware and be aware!  

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How to Attack Deliberate Practice: 4 steps

How to Attack Deliberate Practice: 4 steps | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Last week I shared an example of deliberate practice through the story of Kobe Bryant and his insane work ethic. Now before you can attack this idea of deliberate practice, let me help further define it for you so you know how.
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One key thing that separates top performers from everyone else is their commitment to continual improvement.  The only way to improve is through practice.  In Darren's article on Deliberate Practice he describes the four components that must be met in order to improve performance.  Great article as usual and a must-read for business leaders serious about being the best.

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4 Mentalities That Are Killing Your Career

4 Mentalities That Are Killing Your Career | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
You may be your own worst enemy in your career. Here's why.
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A good article to make you evaluate your own career situation and determine if you're moving things in the right direction or not.

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The 10 Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2016

The 10 Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2016 | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it

"Trying to hire the best and the brightest candidates—or even the mediocre and the somewhat dim—has been a massive challenge this year, no matter the size or location of the company"

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Here's a list from SHRM of the top 10 most difficult to fill jobs anticipated for 2016.  Retirement, technical innovation, inadequate skill sets, and other factors contribute to these increasing challenges.  Fortunately this article shares some tips and strategies that can help companies navigate these difficulties.  As a recruitment firm, I guess it's positive for us to see that 5 of these 10 in-demand positions are ones that we work on.

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Why Sweden Is Shifting To A 6-Hour Workday

Why Sweden Is Shifting To A 6-Hour Workday | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Be more focused, have fewer meetingsand then go home early. It sounds like a dream, but it can work.
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While a 6-hour workday is inconceivable for most companies, there are some who might read this article and think it's just the thing to recharge their employees, invigorate enthusiasm for their company's culture, and increase productivity.  It might also be something that could give companies' struggling to acquire or retain employees a big leg-up on their competition.

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13 cool Google tricks you don't know about

13 cool Google tricks you don't know about | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Despite Google's dominance, there are still a few tricks that can provide some convenience ... and entertainment
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In honor of Google changing their logo today - here are some really cool and a few useful Google tips you may find beneficial. Enjoy!

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9 TED Talks to watch when you're feeling totally burned out

9 TED Talks to watch when you're feeling totally burned out | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed out? Take a few minutes and unwind with one of these insightful talks.
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Here's some motivational TED Talks that can also provide some strong tools for managing stress and work overload.

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7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs

7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Get the most out of your talent budget.
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Some great and often overlooked areas companies can focus on to properly set up learning and development programs that work.

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6 Ways To Position Yourself For A Promotion| CAREEREALISM

6 Ways To Position Yourself For A Promotion| CAREEREALISM | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Position yourself for a promotion today! The most important thing you can do in your current role is to under promise and over deliver.
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Another point I would add would be to openly embrace change within your company.  Wanted or not - Industry is changing and adapting at a head spinning pace and companies advance employees who not only accept changes, but those that are proponents of change. This attribute will keep you in the crosshairs for promotions.

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Why Hasn't Globalization Killed Manufacturing Clusters?

Why Hasn't Globalization Killed Manufacturing Clusters? | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Globalization hasn't made manufacturing clusters obsolete, but the geographically concentrated pockets of industry have to be smart to ensure their survival.
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First article I've seen that's discussed manufacturing clusters from this perspective.  It really is an important and often overlooked aspect of manufacturing that affects so many various niches. Really interesting insight.

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28,700 Bosses Share Tips On Putting Millennials To Work

28,700 Bosses Share Tips On Putting Millennials To Work | Manufacturing Professionals | Scoop.it
Millennials aren't lazy or entitled; they're actually hard-working and highly ethical, according to a new analysis of about 28,700 job references by SkillSurvey. But these workforce newcomers can be a bit disorganized.
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Interesting analysis of millennials - what to expect with hiring them and how they differ from other generations.

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