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The most common prescription to correct the cause of an accident or mistake is training. Training in itself is not a total solution. It is important that the operators or maintenance technicians understand the proper Read more…

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Removing human error, or mistake proofing, is a key component of creating an efficient manufacturing process. So key, in fact, that it has its own unique term to describe it – Poka-yoke. Read more…

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We are all susceptible to making mistakes.  After all, we are only human, right?  It is part of the trial and error process of learning.  Sometimes the mistake is due to ignorance, such as a toddler touching a hot stove and learning not to do it again.  And sometimes the error is from lack of attention, like clothing thrown on top of an electric heater and catching fire. Read more…

Technician training

By now, you have probably heard some variation of the phrase, “30% of the workers do 70% of the work.” This number comes from a Gallup poll published back in 2011 that states that only 30% of employees are engaged. Read more…

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Ensuring facility documentation meets modern standards requires more than just updating them from time-to-time. It is understood that documents, if allowed to become so outdated they have the reliability and readability of the Dead Sea Scrolls, will be useless to technicians when needed. Beyond keeping documents current, though, having quality facility documentation means allowing your documentation to evolve. As technology continues to Read more…

Job Analysis Uses Employee Rewards

Proper evaluation of a job’s value (worth) must relate the identified tasks, duties, skill and knowledge requirements, which were gleaned from the job/task analysis, with the qualifications for a successful job performance.  Without the proper job data, you cannot properly determine a position’s value. Read more…

Job Analysis Uses Performance Management

Performance management is a process by which managers and employees work together to plan, monitor, and review an employee’s work objectives and overall contribution to the organization.

Job analysis data can help identify and establish a person’s performance standards. Read more…

Job Analysis Uses Employee Relations

In a previous article, we discussed how a JTA can provide useful information for HR Planning. This week’s article provides more specific examples of how that information can be applied to employee relations within an organization. Read more…

Job Analysis Uses Safety and Health

Employers are responsible for protecting employees against health and safety hazards on the job.  Employees have the right to know about potential hazards and to refuse to perform work they believe is dangerous. Employees are also responsible for working safely with hazardous materials. Read more…

Job Analysis Uses HR Planning_TTS

Job/task analysis (JTA) data provides essential information for management before making any organizational decisions regarding its most importance resource:  its employees!  This data can be used for the following HR planning functions: Read more…