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Complimentary COVID-19 Workforce Training

Mar 20 2020
Mar 20 2020

To help in efforts to contain the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, Intertek Alchemy has created a new training course "COVID-19: Overview" to ensure frontline manufacturing, food processing, and service workers know how to:

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Common Challenges for Growing Manufacturing Companies

Posted by Erin Silver

Mar 18 2020
Mar 18 2020

There are a handful of common struggles manufacturers face, especially those companies still growing including the retiring workforce, recruiting millennials, employee engagement, and providing impactful training. However, within these challenges lie solutions to make things more manageable and productive as they look to the future.



Let’s take a closer look:

1. Managing the Skills Gap

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Topics: Operational Tactics

Grants: An Untapped Resource (Free Money!) for Your Employee Training Program

Posted by David Smith

Mar 9 2020
Mar 9 2020

Every day, 20 million US and Canadian frontline food workers grow, process, distribute, cook, and serve the food eaten by millions of people. These frontline workers can — and do —  make individual decisions that impact food and workplace safety, product quality, and operations.

Despite the importance of frontline workers, there’s limited research to help understand their motivations, attitudes, and perceptions about the workplace. To remedy this, the Center of Research and Public Policy (CRPP) conducted a survey to identify any perception gaps between frontline workers and those in corporate leadership roles. They found that new frontline workers start their jobs without the confidence that they really know the proper procedures.

This lack of confidence, coupled with workers making their own individual decisions, often results in unplanned downtime and injury. This has dangerous implications! It’s also expensive  —  each year, the cost of injuries runs companies $161 billion dollars.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

How to Define a SMART Leading Indicator: A 5-Step Plan

Mar 2 2020
Mar 2 2020

Leading indicators are one way to provide line of sight into future performance, as well as indicate how you have performed so far. By balancing the use of leading indicators with lagging indicators, you will get an overall comprehensive understanding of exactly where you are and what you need to do, to get to where you want to be.

Joy Inouye, a research associate at Campbell Institute at the National Safety, recently shared key insights and information gleaned from her long history in this field. 

So how to get started?

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Topics: Training Best Practices, Compliance Matters

Time is Running Out: How to Capture the Institutional Knowledge of an Aging Manufacturing Workforce

Posted by Desmond Smith

Feb 25 2020
Feb 25 2020

Currently, 27% of manufacturing workers are over the age of 66, which means many of your frontline staff and supervisors will be retiring within the next few years.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

3 Ways Manufacturers Can Attract and Attain the Millennial Workforce

Posted by Megan Renart

Feb 18 2020
Feb 18 2020

There is a ton of research on millennials in the workforce just hovering by our fingertips, ready for us to hit “enter” and display almost innumerable stats, facts, and ideologies about this generation.

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Topics: Operational Tactics

Five Elements of Effective On-the-Job Training

Posted by Megan Renart

Feb 11 2020
Feb 11 2020

On-the-job training (OJT) is often hailed as best practice in manufacturing. After all, it just makes sense for workers to learn right where they’ll be applying the training, using the actual equipment.  Workers themselves love it, too, because they are learning by doing. And the frequent one-on-one dialogue provides opportunities to strengthen employee/supervisor relationships.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

New: Alchemy Playbook Is Now Launched!

Posted by Desmond Smith

Feb 6 2020
Feb 6 2020

We’re excited to officially launch our newest application, Alchemy Playbook. This game-changing mobile solution helps you create and deliver task-specific training to your frontline workers. Playbook also instantly finds qualified workers for any job in your facility, helping you fill unexpected personnel gaps in seconds.

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Topics: Intertek Alchemy News

4 Methods to Reduce Unplanned Downtime in Manufacturing

Posted by Desmond Smith

Feb 5 2020
Feb 5 2020

Not all downtime is created equal. Traditional, standard downtime typically entails any scenario when a machine or piece of equipment is not in production, but unplanned downtime is different. This is when a machine breaks or fails or a worker is unexpectedly absent.  

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Topics: Operational Tactics, Training Best Practices

Top Tips for a Robust Training Program

Posted by Megan Renart

Jan 20 2020
Jan 20 2020

This post is the first in a series that reveals the best practices and latest developments presented by experts on the leading edge of safety training at our 11th annual Engage conference.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

Most Training is Designed for Office Workers. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous.

Posted by Megan Renart

Dec 31 2019
Dec 31 2019

Are you a manufacturing company? If so, the likelihood that you are using a training platform designed for the average, college-educated office worker is pretty high — almost every employee training program is built using the same techniques, methods, and philosophies of training that were developed for a corporate, sit-down-at-your-desk-and-work-on-your-computer type environment.

But for workers on the production floor, this is not only impractical, but dangerous. Those suit-and-tie DVDs (and even VHS tapes!) don’t resonate with production team members.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

Common Communication Faux Pas in the Workplace

Posted by Megan Renart

Dec 16 2019
Dec 16 2019

You’ve likely heard over and over that communication is the key to any successful relationship. The stakes, however, get higher when it involves manufacturing environments. Interdepartmental communication provides purpose and builds a positive company culture. But according to Gallup, only 13% of employees strongly agree that leadership communicates effectively.



Navigating the waters of office etiquette can be a smooth experience for the most part if you honor the most basic ones, like the Golden Rule, for example. But successful communication —the kind that drives safety, quality, and productivity — requires a little more work and a little more understanding of the nuances . . . especially if you are a leader.

Sometimes a misstep can not only negatively impact an interpersonal relationship but the office environment as a whole which is why it’s best to immediately address a small matter before it becomes a big issue.

Here are some typical office miscommunication mistakes that may be affecting you and your team members:

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Topics: Training Best Practices

Microlearning on the Production Floor

Dec 3 2019
Dec 3 2019

Microlearning is the buzzword in the training world. But be warned—it’s not solely a method to learn “faster” or simply have shorter courses.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

Where Do Your Employees Fit in the Knowledge Confidence Square?

Posted by Megan Renart

Nov 18 2019
Nov 18 2019

Every single one of your workers fits into one of the categories in the Knowledge Confidence Square. Think about your team as we move through each square: Who is often full of doubt? Who is uninformed? Who has reached a mastery level?

 

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Topics: Training Best Practices

New Look, Same Mission: Introducing Intertek Alchemy

Posted by Robyn Goddard

Oct 8 2019
Oct 8 2019

When Alchemy joined forces with Intertek last year, we dedicated ourselves to designing a new look and logo to reflect the visual power of this alliance. It was hard keeping our new branding under wraps for a spell, but saving the debut for the 2019 Alchemy Engage conference was worth it. Take a look!

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Topics: Intertek Alchemy News

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