Employee engagement’s effect on company performance

Can you put a price on employee engagement? Many companies realize employee engagement is important, but there are other priorities they tend to rank higher than driving relationship-building initiatives. However, this could be a critical misstep. According to Bullseye, a software developer, employee engagement can be directly tied to corporate performance. This is why employers

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Lean Six Sigma’s impact on sustainability

Regulatory agencies and federal organizations have been cracking down on wasteful companies, assessing fines that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars to businesses that needlessly pollute the environment. Additionally, the negative PR associated with these fines and violations can further impact popular perception and sales. In short, you should avoid waste when possible because

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Three pitfalls to avoid while implementing Kaizen

The economy is improving, but not at the pace many business owners would like. As such, many companies are implementing new strategies – such as Kaizen – as a means to improve operations and potentially boost revenue while simultaneously spending less. Transforming an organization into a Lean one can be very profitable and all around

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Leveraging Lean healthcare to reduce ‘never events’

In the world of healthcare, “never events” are situations that are preventable and shouldn't generally occur. They include falls, infections, needless tests or treatments and other sicknesses or procedures that are entirely preventable with an attentive staff and doctors who know their patients. Obviously, preventing never events should be the goal of any hospital staff

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The Power of Visual Aids for Memory Retention

Visual aids – such as posters – have long been linked with memory retention. Teachers display visual media throughout their classrooms to help elementary students remember facts or important habits. Visual aids can be leveraged to internalize more challenging concepts as well. For example, a study from the Washington and Lee Law School suggests visual

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Plant and shrubbery nurseries realize Lean benefits

Much like any other sector, the plant nursery industry was hit hard by the economic recession. However, unlike manufacturing, simply scaling back production isn't an option – caretakers need to grow better at doing more with less. This is precisely why many nurseries are integrating Lean methodologies and practices, as it enables them to save

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How Lean manufacturing is growing more relevant

Over the course of the last century, business has changed dramatically – what may have been considered a best practice 100 years ago (or even 10 years ago) may now be outdated. For example, a company in the 1940s was likely still rooted in hierarchies, with several levels of managers and employees. Nowadays, many companies

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