Lean Wednesday Tip: Variation in a process

“Sources of variation can be found in the process itself, the raw materials used, the operator’s (employee’s) actions or the environment. For example, software settings / updates, tool wear, humidity, heat, and over-adjusting a machine are all sources of variation.”

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E.O.W(End of the Week) Notable Tip: Quality Costs

Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve had a great week.

Today, I want to discuss quality costs and how they affect your bottom line.

“Quality costs can be found in prevention costs; detection costs (auditing), rework, scrap, downtime and material costs. “

Effective organizations know and pay close attention to their quality costs. They invest in prevention plans to ensure quality is always delivered to the customer and to safeguard their profits.

Hope you enjoyed this short Friday tip.

As always, “Success is continuous improvement.”

Lean Wednesday Tip: Objectives of a Process Improvement Project

“The validity of a well-planned process improvement project is identified through value-added process mapping, problem isolation, root cause analysis and problem solution. Ultimately, the key to refining processes is to concentrate on the process from the customer’s point of view and identify and eliminate non-value added activities.”

E.O.W (End of the Week) Notable Tip: The 4 Struggles of an inexperienced Manager

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a great week. This week I’ve been discussing employee to manager transitions with clients and the problems they have encountered with the newly appointed yet inexperienced manager. You may have witnessed an employee that has been promoted to a managerial position lose their shine as they demonstrate that they don’t actually comprehend the position. Before they were task driven and now they have to think and act strategically. Below I have noted the top 4 struggles that inexperienced managers face:

  • Inability to empower others
  • Poor delegating: Lack of trust of staff to complete tasks
  • Little or no constructive feedback given to staff
  • Lack of focus and/or skills in strategic thinking

Early manager to employee support and coaching in the inexperienced manager’s early years in the company is the best course of action in molding effective managers. Employees do what they see their managers do so make sure you walk the talk!

 

 

E.O.W (End of the Week) Notable Tip: Managing Employees when mistakes are made

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week. Today, I want to end this week with the topic of employee management specifically when they make mistakes. In my career, I have seen “Screaming Managers”, those that yell like banshees at their employees when something goes wrong or a mistake is made. Its worse when this is done in front of everyone as the employee’s confidence is being eaten alive coupled with the horrific embarrassment.

Then we have the passive aggressive managers, who say everything is okay but have plans to kick you out the door even if this is your first mistake. An effective and strong manager does not scream nor is passive aggressive. So, “What is the best way to manage an employee when they make a mistake?”

“Effective leaders quickly respond to an employee that has made a mistake. They use firm yet positive language to express how the mistake makes them feel and how it affects the company. They make sure the employee understands what they did wrong and give them a brief moment to digest it. Most importantly, they make it clear to the employee that confidence has not been lost and they are certain the employee will be able to not only correct it but also ensure that it is not repeated. In short, effective leaders don’t erode employee confidence they mold them to be champions.”

E.O.W (End of the Week) Notable Tip: Retaining Millennial Talent

Happy Friday!

I hope you had a great week!

Recently, I’ve been reading numerous articles and speaking with clients on the millennial job hopping issues many companies are having. “How can I keep a talented millennial employee from moving on?”, a particular client asked me. I responded immediately with this answer: “Ask them want they want and listen to them!”.

“To keep your millennial talent from moving on to greener pastures you must first ask and listen to what they want. You must have an abundance of educational and training benefits and opportunities. If you offer student loan assistance, you are already a winner. Most importantly, role responsibilities, expectations, and advancement/promotion processes should be made clear to your millennial employees. In short, to increase millennial workplace satisfaction you must take the time to listen to them!”

Top 10 Business Tax Shelters You Should Know

As we all know, two things are certain in life, death and taxes. I personally enjoy doing my taxes but like everyone else I don’t enjoy paying them. In business, it is critical that you know all the deductions that are available to you when it comes to keeping your bottom line healthy and your tax payment as low as possible. See below for the top 10 business tax shelters you should know:

  • Real Estate
  • Pension Plans
  • 401K/Roth
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Tuition Assistance/Reimbursement
  • Charity
  • Leasing Vehicles (offers larger deductions than owning one)
  • Assets bought on credit (e.g.; computers, equipment, inventory, office furnishings, et cetera)

It is important that businesses keep a separate high yield savings account designated for taxes and automate quarterly deposits.

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Lean Wednesday Tip: Accounts Payable Performance

 

“By encouraging your A/P team to report and make critical department KPI metrics visual, such as, process cycle time, activity lead times, and cost per invoice with industry and competitor comparisons you realize the opportunity to reduce costs, increase productivity and streamline processes.”

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