As a manufacturer, you likely have to deal with large investments and the high costs of production, which is also referred to as the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ), that often represent one of the biggest issues in the industry. If that is the case, finding new, smart ways to save money in an effort to increase your profit margin might be your number one priority. How can manufacturing companies reduce costs? Continue reading How Can Manufacturing Companies Reduce Costs?
If you’re using a 20th-century system to handle your policy and procedure documentation, changes will occur much faster than you can process them. Existing processes for publishing policies and procedures, such as storing printed policies and procedures on a server, are inadequate in today’s competitive business environment. If you’re using outdated technologies, you’re lessening your efficiency and productivity, company-wide. Why Should You Publish Policies and Procedures Online? Continue reading Why Should You Publish Policies and Procedures Online?
Have you ever taken over new job only to find that the former manager had nothing documented? Do company policies exist if they’re not documented? What if there was a disaster? What if a key person quit? Will you have time to write policies and procedures from disaster recovery to computer, network, and email use? How do you engage employees through your company vision? Continue reading How Do You Engage Employees Through Your Company Vision?
There are thousands of unusual businesses to start out there that are not only profitable but that are also, believe it or not, legal in many countries. They range from (sometimes wacky) business ideas that are right under your nose to ideas that will make you shake your head wondering “who would have thought of that!” Continue reading What is an Unusual Business to Start?
There are many differences between a policy, process, procedure, SOP, or work instruction. Here we explain the differences between policies, procedures, processes, and how each are used in a business setting.
Have you ever wondered if your organizational structure is hurting your process improvement efforts? Well, chances are your organization chart is having a dramatic effect. It’s not so much your org chart or structure that is the problem but rather the issue is the evolutionary process that your organization has gone through to produce your chart. Continue reading Is Your Business Organized for Process Improvement?
As a manager, your span of control is simply the number of employees that report to you directly. Competent workers should have little need for managers to guide them. So, span of control is inversely proportional to subordinate competence, trust and layers of management. Do you know what it means to align your business by product flow? Continue reading What Are the Benefits of Product Flow Alignment?
Policies and procedures define your processes, are a part of deploying your strategy, and identify what is important to the business. ISO standards require certain processes as critical elements to improvement and a working management system. Yet, how often have you contemplated your policies and procedures strategy? Continue reading How to Create Policies and Procedures Strategy
If brick and mortar stores are the biggest losers in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the biggest winners have to be online stores. Online shopping is booming right now. Continue reading How to Launch an E-Commerce Business