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During the busy upcoming fall and winter season, manufacturing managers and operations pros will face one signature problem that may overshadow every other issue for a few months: Scheduling. Will you have enough personnel on site to handle the tasks your facility will require? And if necessary, how will you face the perfect storm of… Read more »

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As part of its next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute Grant, the Department of Energy will soon be offering $70 million in grant funding to support the development of smart projects like sensors, new platforms, tighter controls, and energy efficient modeling. Grants will be available to manufacturing organizations that can reduce costs or improve energy… Read more »

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Your interview is scheduled for next week, and you’re feeling prepared, optimistic, and confident…more or less. You know you’re a great fit for this job, but you still to make your case and close the deal without any hitches or blunders. Of course you’ll be practicing your elevator pitch, choosing your attire carefully and getting… Read more »

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It’s no secret that on a list of the nation’s most stressful professions, nursing ranks close to the top. Nurses across every facility type and every area of specialization spend an epic portion of the day on their feet and in constant motion. They often take responsibility for more clients at a time then they… Read more »

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When you stop and think about the multiple factors that keep your business in motion, raise revenue, and cut costs, worker safety lies just under the surface. A commitment to a safe workplace means longer retention, higher productivity, and a greater sense of mutual trust between your teams and their managers. All of these translate… Read more »

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A widely recognized shortage of skilled labor in the manufacturing sector may reach a critical tipping point during the next ten years. Within a decade, about 3.5 million skilled manufacturing positions will be made available by employers across the sector, but almost 2 million of those open positions are expected to stand unfilled. In other… Read more »

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As you consider pursuing a specific job or signing on with a specific employer, you won’t be focusing solely on what you have to offer. It’s important to impress your interviewer and direct her attention to your skills and talents…But it’s just as important to turn the spotlight in the other direction. What can this… Read more »

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You just completed your final coursework and graduated from your BSN program with your diploma in hand. Congratulations! Or maybe you just finished your LPN program or associates degree, and after passing your state exams, you’ve earned your license and you’re on your way. In either case, academia is now behind you and the working… Read more »

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No matter how perfect your staffing program may be, or how easily you attract top talent, your hiring strategy won’t work and won’t bring long term company success if you can’t retain your amazing new recruits. If you can’t keep your brilliant employees, it doesn’t matter how brilliant they are; they’ll step in the door… Read more »

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If you own or manage operations for a mid-sized manufacturing firm, you probably remember what your company’s IT landscape looked like about ten years ago. Chances are, your departments used separate communication and data management platforms at that time, and when two branches of the organization wanted to share a database—for example, HR and payroll—the… Read more »