How to Get Buy-In for Lean Changes

June 03, 2014

by Kelly McDaniel

In a recent post, Laurel Suchecki examined the cost of disorganization in the workplace and how it can adversely affect productivity and morale. She made the case for 5S as a way to combat the creep of workplace entropy.  As with any Lean initiative, though, a successful 5S effort requires the workforce to embrace change, and that’s easier said than...(continue reading)

The Cost of Workplace Disorganization

April 03, 2014

by Laurel Suchecki

When you walk around your production floor do you see forgotten coffee cups, trash on the bench or piles of swept up debris that has not made it any further?  If so, have you thought about how this affects your productivity, quality or morale.  Often basic housekeeping is overlooked in favor of "productivity." This is a common practice but...(continue reading)

The Evolution of a Program

January 30, 2013

by Bill Caplan

I have been a lead facilitator and instructor for the CICC program for the last seven years and over that period of time, the program has grown and evolved due to direct input from those who have completed the program. Although not a requirement, more and more attendees are coming to the program with a greater understanding of Lean...(continue reading)

StepUp Program: Subsidized Training and Employment

November 26, 2012

by Bill Caplan

The Subsidized Training and Employment Program (StepUp) is an initiative of the Connecticut Department of Labor and the state’s five Workforce Investment Boards. The StepUp Program offers two programs: the Wage Subsidy Program and the Small Manufacturer Training Grant Program. Each program offers employer incentives to hire new employees and create jobs. View the PDF for more information. [pdf file...(continue reading)

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