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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 (3865)/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 (9819)/Comments (2)/ Article rating: 5.0
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: 4 Benefits to Consider - Cross-Docking

Cross Docking is the practice of immediately processing completed goods to fulfill ‘demand’ requests with minimal handling. Cross Docking automatically combines and performs Baan / Infor LN steps to fill demand and shortages at the time items are available. Shortages are sorted and filled by the oldest demand date.

Benefits of Cross Docking include:

  • Direct and indirect labor savings resulting from operational efficiencies gains
  • Increased inventory accuracy, reliable on-hand inventory information and improved data entry
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased customer retention due to faster, more accurate fulfillment

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (109)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Gain Efficiency & Save Money – Evaluate Your Production Lines

When is the last time you took a hard look at your production lines?

  • How are we moving product through our facility?
  • Do we have work instructions / drawings available where needed?
  • Do we have frequently used inventory available at the line?
  • Where are the bottlenecks?
  • Are processes automated, where possible?
Taking a hard look at your processes and procedures may reveal some interesting results.

Don’t assume that everyone is doing things the same way. Some may be superstars, and others may need some mentoring. Some processes may be outdated and costing you time and money, while others are extremely efficient. One area of the business may benefit from how others operate. Take the time to review and analyze your findings. Your company may benefit greatly as a result.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (150)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Operational Inefficiencies

Two big sources of inefficiencies in manufacturing are paper and spreadsheets. Think of how long it takes you to get paper based data into the hands of those who can do something valuable with the data.

  • Is the information captured correctly?
  • Can everyone access the information?
  • Is this an accurate representation of what’s going on across all operations?

Make your shop floor paperless and put systems in place that talk to one another and automatically pull and push data to and from your ERP so that you can look in one place for all the information you need to run your business effectively.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (188)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Are you still using handwritten tickets for your inventory?

This method of inventory tracking is slow, and prone to human error.

Putting a simple barcode system in place speeds up the process of tracking inventory movements, reduces the likelihood of mistakes, and creates a recorded history of the who/what/where that can provide valuable insight to those who make critical business decisions for your business.

Not sure where to start? Contact us and we’d be happy to help you take the first step.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (217)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Tip of the Week: Have you defined your KPIs?

Key Performance Indicators measure how effectively your performance objectives are being achieved.

  • Have you defined KPIs for your company?
  • Are you measuring them effectively?
  • Is everyone in your company aware of what the KPIs are?

If you haven’t already done so, consider tying personal performance objectives directly to the company’s performance objectives. Doing so can greatly increase the likelihood that the company’s goals will be met.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (181)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Baan/LN Tip of the Week: Make Your ERP Work FOR You - Streamline Your Processes

Such lofty goals you had when you implemented your ERP system. It was going to be like pressing the “Easy Button”…  then it wasn’t.

What happened? In some cases, decisions were made to implement the system “just like we used to run our old system”. Great idea? Not so much. Your business changes, and your business software needs to change as well.

Are you using the ERP system, but everything seems cumbersome and takes more time than its worth? 

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you looked at streamlining your processes?
  • Can you automate a step or two and eliminate some manual keying?
  • Can you add barcoding to avoid keying in some information altogether?
  • How about automating the printing of some reports?

Now is the time to sit down and really review the steps required to complete the task and think out of the box a bit. Soon you can develop your own streamlined process to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Optimize Your Manufacturing Today!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017/Author: Kathy Barthelt/Number of views (176)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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