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Training Engagement Tips for Your Operations Leaders, Part 4: Culture

Oct 5 2020
Oct 5 2020

In this series of blog posts, we are exploring the 4 Cs to Getting Operations Leaders Excited About Training with Bob Rysavy, HR Training Manager at Hearthside Food Solutions, and Kristin Kastrup, Senior Consultant, Training and Human Resource Optimization.

“Training culture” is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but what does a good training culture actually look like? And what can you do to build one, at your company? A few starting points from Rvsavy and Kastrup:

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Training Engagement Tips for Your Operations Leaders, Part 3: Communication

Sep 28 2020
Sep 28 2020

In this series of blog posts, we are exploring the subject matter from the webinar "The Four Cs to Get Your Operations Leaders Excited About Training" with Bob Rysavy, HR Training Manager at Hearthside Food Solutions, and Kristin Kastrup, Senior Consultant, Training and Human Resource Optimization. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

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Save Space for Training: Make this Afterthought of Plant Design a Focal Point

Sep 9 2020
Sep 9 2020

Many manufacturing and food processing facilities are housed in buildings constructed before the acceleration of technology; many were designed before the idea of WiFi even existed. As a result, many companies in this industry have some design challenges to deal with daily that may impact productivity and training. Challenges like low visibility on the production floor or lack of convenient training space can make training space feel like an afterthought.

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Six Benefits of eLearning to Train Frontline Manufacturing Workers

Aug 6 2020
Aug 6 2020

Many benefits of eLearning aren’t entirely new. But the inherent challenges of a manufacturing facility and workforce have made widespread eLearning programs harder to implement than in an office setting. But times are changing. Even in WiFi-scarce facilities, eLearning is being used more frequently, and mobile capabilities are being embraced where they were once impractical.

So how does eLearning specifically benefit frontline workers in manufacturing? Let’s take a look:

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

Posted by Holly Mockus

Aug 4 2020
Aug 4 2020

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 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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The “Get It” Factor – And How to Achieve It

Jul 10 2020
Jul 10 2020

How can you tell if your employees are learning what they need to do their jobs correctly? Do they know how to successfully execute specific tasks required for their job? Are they demonstrating safe behaviors and following standard operating procedures? Do they “get it”?

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Building a Better New Hire Experience – Even in a Pandemic

Jul 9 2020
Jul 9 2020

Recently, our new hire onboarding program was restructured to help improve retention while keeping employees safe, productive and engaged. Then COVID-19 happened, and we had to adjust again. And continue adjusting — it is an ongoing process.

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“You Have B.O.” & Other Conversations that Stink: Training Your Supervisors on the Soft Skills They Need to Survive

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jun 25 2020
Jun 25 2020

Nobody likes an awkward conversation. Nobody really wants to tell a friend, colleague, or direct report that they are causing other people discomfort, especially when it’s related to personal hygiene. But we’ve all been in the company of someone with foul breath or an unpleasant body odor.


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5 Ways to Accelerate New Employee Onboarding and Increase Retention

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jun 12 2020
Jun 12 2020

Knowing how to successfully onboard a new frontline worker can mean the difference between employees staying with you for the long run versus having a high turnover rate. In fact, Glassdoor reveals that companies that have efficient, robust onboarding processes tend to improve their retention rate by more than 80%. As an added bonus, employee productivity is about 70% higher at manufacturers with an effective onboarding process.

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New Considerations in the Time of COVID

May 26 2020
May 26 2020

 

By: Gene Bernard, The Gluten Free Bar; Greg Bigus, Accord Carton; Jodi Haggith, Bonduelle Americas; Annie Piepenhagen, Dairy Farmers of America

 

Social and business norms are changing at the speed of light during this pandemic. It’s not just about adapting to change anymore though – it’s also about making personal connections while staying socially distant, learning and practicing new behaviors, and all while keeping up morale. Here are a few tips and tricks to help your team members weather the change and let them know you care.

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4 Steps for Setting Up an E-Learning Training Program During COVID-19

Posted by Holly Mockus

May 14 2020
May 14 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the traditional manufacturing environment. As mandates require organizations to practice social distancing in their facilities, many manufacturers are struggling with how they can safely provide critical workplace training to their frontline employees.

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What to Do if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Posted by Jorge Acosta

May 4 2020
May 4 2020

The food processing and manufacturing world is currently in an especially precarious position in this pandemic, as workers often interact in close quarters, and social distancing isn’t always possible. And staying home to flatten the curve (which works!) isn’t always feasible since food, and its production, is essential.

 

At this point in time, we have enough data to support that the coronavirus is not transmitted via food. It’s an upper respiratory infection — in order to become infected, it has to get transmitted from either an infected individual through microdroplets, or from touching a dirty surface, then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.

 

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How Manufacturers Are Proactively Keeping Employees Safe

Apr 24 2020
Apr 24 2020

During the second installment of our Covid Communications webinar series, Intertek Alchemy joined forces with Julie Keich and Lynn Costanza of Campbell’s Snacks to highlight how one company in the food manufacturing and processing industry is navigating the “new normal”.  

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Ten Best Practice Tips from Industry Leaders for Mitigating the Risk of Covid-19 in Facilities

Apr 21 2020
Apr 21 2020

Last week during the second of our Covid Communictions webinar series, we asked attendees to share practical procedures and best practices they were carrying out in their facilities to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Not surprisingly, the tips that followed were thoughtful, helpful, and showcased the forward-thinking required of all industry leaders during this unprecedented pandemic crisis:

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Training Best Practices

COVID-19: How to Effectively Train Your Employees

Apr 17 2020
Apr 17 2020

Intertek Alchemy’s number one priority is ensuring that employees are engaged and working in a safe environment. With that in mind, we are sharing best practices for manufacturers still operating. You can also view them in their entirety in our recent webinar:



You know your work environment better than we do, so please tailor these recommended best practices and to your specific circumstances.

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