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What's Behind the Decline of Unions in Manufacturing?

Data shows that organized labor in the manufacturing industry has been on the decline for years. Yet questions remain as to why. Is it because unions are outdated and irrelevant to today's business environment? Or is it the result of companies threatening and intimidating workers?  Perhaps the most contentious labor union activity taking place in the U.S. is a push by the United Auto Workers...

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Top Performing Firms Focus on a Well-Aligned Manufacturing Strategy

The manufacturing sector has emerged from the recent economic crisis stronger in many ways, consulting firm Accenture contends in a report on the strategies of successful companies. But it is by no means exempt from challenges.  Russ Rasmus, managing director for the firm's manufacturing practice, warned that in an era of "permanent volatility," manufacturers cannot let themselves get stuck in...

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The Caterpillar Way

In The Caterpillar Way: Lessons in Leadership, Growth, and Shareholder Value, Craig Bouchard and James Koch look at how the company found the drive to succeed and turned around multi-million-dollar losses into a winning global business strategy.  In the early 1980s, Caterpillar, Inc. lost one million dollars per day for three consecutive years. Its continuing existence came into...

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How to Design an Effective Performance Review

As the U.S. manufacturing industry struggles to find fresh talent, retaining and rewarding existing workers becomes increasingly important. While there are many ways to keep staff engaged and happy, one often-neglected method is the performance review process. Most employers can better optimize their approach to conducting performance evaluations. Consider the following tips to make performance...

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Michael Smith, COO of Innovate+Educate, on Cognitive Skills and the Talent Gap

Employers should focus on finding workers with the right kinds of cognitive skills instead of placing a heavy emphasis on recruiting talent with a list of secondary degrees, suggests Michael Smith, COO of Innovate+Educate, a nonprofit industry-led organization. He reflected on his organization's efforts to help close the skills gap last week at the inaugural Close It Summit in Washington....

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Massachusetts and California Ranked Most Energy Efficient States

Several states, including California, Mississippi, and Illinois have stepped up their efforts to become more energy efficient, according to the seventh annual edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The latest report shows several states boosting their rankings as a result of increased committments and new...

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How to Be an Effective Mentor

The nation's workforce is undergoing a profound shift as many of today's seasoned workers reach traditional retirement age. As such, demand for professionals in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is forecast to dramatically outpace the supply of STEM workers. Mentoring programs can help close the generational skills divide and mitigate the projected shortage of STEM...

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Combined Heat and Power Emerging as Key Technology for Microgrid Resiliency

Experiences during 2012's Hurricane Sandy demonstrate that combined heat and power technology (CHP) can help communities and businesses to function with greater resiliency during extreme weather. So said a recent joint report from the United States Departments of Energy (DOE) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report says that,...

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Finding the Right Data Visualization Tool for Your Business

At its core, data visualization is based on a strikingly simple proposition -- it's easier to see connections, relationships, and trends when they're graphically displayed than it is to stare at a bunch of numbers. That realization has created such a demand for data visualization products that it has sparked an "arms race" among the makers of the technology, said one industry insider. Jim Bartoo,...

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