The Power of Lean for HR

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The Power of Lean for HR

Lean concepts have been around for quite some time—starting in the auto manufacturing industry. Even so, many companies today are just beginning to investigate what a Lean implementation could do for their business. No matter the company's industry—manufacturing, service, or otherwise—Lean processes offer organizations of all types and sizes methods to identify and reduce waste, which positively impacts your employees, customers, and the bottom line.

Tom Ault, ERC's Director of Technical Training, brings a wealth of industry and technical experience to our members and clients' fingertips. With a solid understanding of the financial and organization-wide impacts training has on a business, Tom works to identify continuous improvement needs and deliver custom solutions based on each company's specific situation.

The following interview with Tom reveals some of the basic principles and benefits of Lean, how it impacts the HR function, and why Lean should be an initiative to consider for your business.
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10 Summer Activities for the Workplace to Enjoy

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Now that the warm weather is here to stay (hopefully), it’s time to start planning those summer outings for your workplace. But why not do something a little outside of the usual picnic in the park idea? Here are some exciting and relatively inexpensive ideas, for you and your employees to enjoy this summer.

Beach Volleyball Game

Three things always go together in the summer—sun, sand, and water. So why not enjoy all three with a friendly game of beach volleyball? Your employees can bring hot dogs and hamburgers to cook out on at the local park’s grills while working up a sweat playing volleyball. Beaches, such as Battery Park, offer great volleyball courts, as well as benches and a pergola for those employees who just wish to be a cheerleader and soak up some sun. Either way, your employees will have fun playing or watching a game of volleyball, while enjoying the sun, Lake Erie, and some good food.
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11 Team Building Games and Activities

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There are a variety of reasons why companies use team building activities. They can improve communication, boost morale, motivate, be used as ice breakers and learning effective strategies, improve productivity, and teach people about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

11 Team Building Games and Activities

The overall goal of these activities is to promote better teamwork in the workplace because great teamwork is the key to a successful business and reputation. There are four main types of team building activities:

These 11 activities are fun, challenging, and will have your company working on team building skills that can improve employees performance and productivity in the workplace. Not to mention they all are little to no cost!
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Intern Etiquette: Six Tips to take you from the Classroom to the Workplace

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It’s that time of year again. Students are putting together their polished resumes in the hopes of securing that coveted internship spot at their dream company. Unfortunately, a lot of students are not taught how to ace an internship interview while in the classroom. Here are some tips on how to stand out of the crowd and become a step closer to gaining more real world experience and starting your career.

1. Customize your resume

By all means, using a generic resume template to start is a great beginning, but employers don’t want to see how well you can copy and paste. Be sure once you read the internship description that you customize the objective and highlight the things on your resume that would apply to the position you are trying to get.
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How to Build a Tuition Assistance Program

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How to Build a Tuition Assistance Program

As college tuition rates continue to rise, offering employees an opportunity to go back to school and earn a bachelor or a master’s degree has increased in value. Many employers have taken advantage of the opportunity to boost their benefits package and offer tuition reimbursement to their employees.

According to the ERC 2013/2014 Policies & Benefits Survey, more than half of the participating employers offer a tuition reimbursement program to employees. If you are among the employers considering the option of offering this benefit, here are some questions and recommendations to consider when launching a tuition reimbursement program for your employees:
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Affirmative Action Plans: Does Your Company Need One?

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So who needs an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP)? We spoke with Doug Brown, President of Alexander & Bryce, to find out what the requirements, guidelines, and timeframe is when getting involved with an AAP.

Alexander & Bryce Inc. is a human resources consulting firm that provides support to employers who are government contractors and subcontractors subject to the broad spectrum of affirmative action obligations, covering females, minorities, the disabled, and veterans.
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5 Realities of an Aging Workforce

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5 Realities of an Aging Workforce

An aging workforce is quickly becoming a reality with projections as early as 2016. From 2016 on, one-third of the total U.S. workforce will be over the age of 50. Although millions of “Boomers” are hitting the official retirement age of 65 over a very short time period, the average actual retirement age is also steadily increasing.

The combination of these two trends means that employers will likely be facing two seemingly contradictory scenarios: the mass retirement of long time employees as well as an increasingly large proportion of older employees in the workforce.
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Common Barriers to Excellent Communication Skills

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We got the chance to sit down with Jackie Mueckenheim, Senior Trainer, Learning & Development Team at ERC, to discuss some communication breakdowns and behaviors that happen within the workplace.

Common reasons communication breaks down in the workplace

When training and working with leadership groups, Mueckenheim often asks her groups if they can tell her the difference between talking to other people and talking with other people.
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Employee Engagement and Women in the Workplace

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Employee Engagement and Women in the Workplace

This is the second article in a series of articles spotlighting women for Women's History Month.

Employee engagement is a great way to retain productive and efficient employees for your company. Susan Pyles gave great guidelines for companies to follow when it comes to women in the workplace.
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Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Women in the Workplace

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This article is the first in a series of articles spotlighting women in the workplace, commemorating National Women's History Month 2014.

According to the Department of Labor, roughly 70% of all women in the U.S. work. But what are some of the challenges that women face today in the workplace? And how can organizations help the ever evolving working mother? We spoke with Susan Pyles about women in the workplace.
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