With consumer and business spending depressed, now, more than ever, organizations are struggling to not only compete, but to stay in business. To survive, organizations are turning up the pressure on anything and anybody that can increase revenue and reduce costs. Not surprisingly, much of this has fallen on employees, who are responding by increasing productivity and sacrificing salary increases.
Collecting data for analysis is more than a statistical process. All of the math in the world will not compensate for not understanding the behavior of the process you are trying to measure. Not everything is settled in numbers. Some things will be discovered in context. For example, "We really have problems when it is raining." As a result, data collection plans embody four qualities of collected data that are essential to optimize its usefulness.
Organizations make every effort to hire the best and the brightest, yet how many are pro-active in managing those same people to ensure that they have the resources and environment they need to reach their optimal performance level? It has often been said that people don't leave companies, they leave people, whether it be colleagues or managers or a combination makes little difference to the end result, which is a financial loss of human capital and the opportunities those employees represented.
re si li ence n. 1. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy. Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of a lengthy discussion about work, career and life in general with a very bright, quick young woman named Natasha. At twenty-two she has faced challenges but remains extremely positive about her prospects and her future.
The recession has created new problems for workers. People worry about losing their jobs or getting their hours reduced by management. Inflation associated with a recession also means employees can buy less for their families on the same income. Employees can take the initiative to alleviate stress before it affects their workplace productivity. Managing your stress level helps you to feel healthier, concentrate better, and communicate more effectively with coworkers and clients.
The inspiration of this article comes directly from yet another time management course that I recently took part in. You know the ones that I am talking about, the ones that promise we will all become more effective with our time management skills and be better at everything we do. Yes, you guessed it but I think the items mentioned have some merit to discuss.
At CEO Systems, we have noticed a very common cycle that we would like to help our readers eliminate. The scenario usually goes something like this: It is the end of your workday and you are in a rush to tie up loose ends and get out of the office. You leave your desk in disarray, covered in papers. The next morning you arrive and see your desk. You instantly feel overwhelmed and choose not to deal with it.
Variation First, remember that not all variation is bad. Planned variation, like that in an experiment, is a process improvement strategy. Unplanned variation, on the other hand, is nearly always bad. Two types of variation concern a process improvement team. These are common cause and special cause variation. All processes will have common cause variation.
What happens when you hear the phrase process improvement? Do you groan or sigh? Do you think "this is going to be a lot of work and take a lot of time?" Typically, this is the natural response to the concept of process improvement. But, it does not have to be that way. Here are five (5) simple steps that you can take to improve the productivity of you business There are certain basic tasks that must be done to make a business successful.
The freedom to choose your days and hours of work is one of the great benefits of being self-employed. However, managing your time strategically is a critical part of your business' success. If you - like me - are feeling a bit crunched by everything you'd like to do with your business and life, I'd like to share some strategies I've implemented to help things move along: 1.