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It’s NOT All About the Money, Money, Money… Motivating Employees in the New Year!


Have you ever thought about what really motivates your employees?

It’s not about the almighty dollar, you know. Ok, ok…..money doesn’t hurt, but money alone doesn’t keep most people in their jobs. You actually need to motivate your employees to keep them showing up, mentally and physically. Employees that don’t feel motivated are probably underperforming, and that means you’re losing money.

Ask yourself these questions about your employees:

    • Are they happy…..YES….HAPPY! Do they enjoy coming to work every day?
    • Do they feel challenged, or do they feel demeaned?
    • Are they sinking, or are they swimming?
    • Do they have the right tools in their arsenal to battle the giants?
    • Where’s the reward?

Happiness - I’ve worked with manufacturers for almost 20 years now...

Tuesday, January 05, 2016/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (4694)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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How to Survive Your “Go-To” Guy Getting Hit By a Bus

Have you ever wondered what you would do if that guy you depend upon – your “go-to”, your right-arm is suddenly gone?

Let’s call your franchise player “Steve”. He’s your shipping/receiving supervisor, or your warehouse guy, or your top engineer, or (gulp) the guy who works in the office who has been with you for 35 years and just knows EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING.

What happens when Steve gets hit by a bus, or decides that warm sandy beaches are calling his name, and he just doesn’t want to work anymore?

Are you prepared for his departure? Is your business prepared? For many manufacturing companies, that answer would be “NO”.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (11166)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: 6 Powerful Steps to Win With Automation

  1. Eliminate paper shop packet and distribution of the paperwork to the shop floor.    
  2. Eliminate manual (paper-based) recording activities and the need to key in the transactions.
  3. Easy electronic scheduling by sequence and changing job priorities.
  4. Evaluate differences using actual times compared to standards.
  5. Improve data accuracy and eliminate the need to chase and fix errors.
  6. Practice Real-Time data reporting to monitor efficiencies and identify problems as they occur.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (19)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Purchase Inquiry

In Baan IV Purchase Control, the purchase inquiry procedure enables user to:

  • Request a specific supplier to submit a quotation on the purchase inquiry for the delivery of an item.
  • Compare the prices and discounts of the quotations that are submitted by different suppliers.
  • Copy the inquiry data to a purchase order.

In LN, you can:

  • Request multiple business partners to submit a quotation on a specific request-for-quotation for the delivery of an item.
  • Compare the received quotations based on the following criteria:
    1. Price
    2. Quantity
    3. Vendor rating
    4. Delivery dates
    5. RFQ subjective criteria
  • Copy the quotation data to a purchase order, a purchase contract, or a price book.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (60)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Financial Year End – Have You Done All You Need To Do?

I'm reposting this checklist for things to consider in order to finish out the year, and plan for next year…

  • Are your accounting records up to date so that you can make a projection of how the current year will turn out?
  • Are all account reconciliations currently up to date to facilitate the closing of the books after year end?
  • Are there accounts receivable that should be reserved for or written off prior to the end of the year?
  • If your business carries inventory, do you need to plan a physical count as of the end of the year?
  • Has depreciation on your fixed assets been recorded during the year? Have you considered depreciation on current year additions?
  • Have all new asset purchases and bank loans been recorded on your books?
  • Are there any liabilities, for example, pending legal actions or warranty issues, which will need to be recorded prior to year end? 
  • Do you have a plan in place to properly “cut-off” revenue at year end to properly match revenue and expense?
  • Will there be bonuses, profit sharing contributions or discretionary retirement plan contributions paid prior to the end of the year? How will these payments affect cash flow?
  • Will you be in compliance with your bank covenants at year end?
  • Do you need to make arrangements to receive statements as of the end of the year for cash value of life insurance, loan balances, etc.?

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (127)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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BPCS/LX Tip of the Week: Additional Electronic Signature Controls

Electronic Signature Controls have been expanded to include additional programs, files and fields.  

When manufacturing work centers are updated through Work Center Maintenance (CAP100), the system can now require Electronic Signature processing to complete the process. This enhancement allows for broader Electronic Signature controls.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (79)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Problems With Staying on an Old Porting Set

Here are some issues that you might run into if you stay on an old porting set too long:

  • Incompatibility because of operating system patches
  • Printing issues because of out-of-date libraries
  • Potential performance issues if binaries are not updated
  • Updating third party products may not be possible because of dependencies
  • Limited support from Infor
  • Issues with updating database software/patches because of dependencies (if database is also running on same server as application)

Need help getting on a newer porting set? We'd be happy to help.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (74)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Inventory Tracking

Do you have a good handle on your inventory? Do you know when products need to be reordered and which are on their way? Are you able to find inventory easily within your facility, or are items getting misplaced and then unnecessarily reordered? Having a good inventory system in place will avoid unnecessary costs and save lots of time. We’ve been helping customers with this for over 20 years. Let us know if you need help getting started.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (124)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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