Tracking Everything: How to Document Business Processes

 

Documenting your business’s practices, especially if you function in the manufacturing sector, can be critically important. Not only is it essential for tracking standard practices when you bring on new hires, it’s also vital in any instances where a labor disruption occurs. This is true whether the disruption is the result of a labor dispute or due to some form of disaster – whether natural or because of error. So what’s the best way to go about ensuring that everything is correctly documented? When it concerns how to document business processes, consider the following:

Use images & transfer processes to flow charts – Flow charters are distinctively easy to follow and break down processes visually. Real images can be utilized as well to document steps.

Define clear objectives – What is the clear objective of each step in the process and how does it connect with the next step? Ensuring that you’re defining how each part of the process relates to the next is critical. Also emphasize why each step in the process is critical.

Make sure everything’s covered – During the documentation process, it can be critical to discuss each step with your employees. While you might be overseeing the overall operation, they could know something you’re leaving out that’s absolutely vital.

Use checklists – Such documentation can be utilized during the actual processes, or to keep track of machine maintenance that’s integral to ensuring safety and efficiency.

Document safety standards – OSHA compliance and safety standards in the workplace should never go unchecked. Each step of the process can be unique when compared to the next. Different techniques help ensure ultimate safety for each individual in the workplace.

At the end of the day, it’s about crossing all your t’s and dotting all your i’s. Process documents should tie everything together. In the event of a labor disruption or natural disaster, it may be necessary to bring on temporary workers. Thorough documentation ensures that adding new employees to the workforce in such times is as seamless as possible.

Strom Engineering provides complete documentation services, covering facility features and equipment. To learn more about this service we provide, visit our documentation solutions webpage.

 

 

After the Strike: How to Improve Employee Morale in the Workplace

 

Utilizing a temporary workforce helps maintain continuity by ensuring businesses meet their obligations to partners and customers even during instances of labor disputes. But what happens when conflicts are resolved and businesses and workers’ unions are back on good terms?

A top benefit of utilizing temporary workforces during strikes is the ability to disband once an agreement has been successfully reached. This not only paves the way for permanent workers to return to the workplace, it also offers a sense of normalcy among all parties. Nonetheless, it can be expected that some resentment may persist — making it an important priority to boost overall morale. When it comes down to how to improve employee morale in the workplace post-strike, consider the following.

Resentment can exist in different ranks – Not only may the workers returning to the jobsite feel resentment, but such feelings may also exist within other ranks of the organization. When assessing morale post-strike, it’s important to examine people at all levels, including management teams.

Focus on the manager-employee relationship – It’s critical to establish an open line of communication between managers and the staff they oversee. Employees need to feel comfortable taking any concerns they have directly to management. This means issues can be addressed immediately before they have the chance to cause larger problems down the line.

Recognize contributions – Let employees know when they’re doing their jobs well. This provides a sense of job stability and accomplishment among the ranks.

Utilize industrial psychology – When seeking to boost morale immediately following a strike, it can be extremely beneficial to utilize a licensed industrial psychologist who can assess what’s going on and recommend practices to remediate on any existing resentment.

Understand better workforce morale means higher productivity – The mental welfare of your employees is of course one of the most important issues at hand. But it’s not only important for their sake; it also helps your business prosper. Numerous studies have shown that maintaining a positive work environment significantly contributes to overall business productivity. It’s simply a win-win.

For more information on how Strom can help your business prosper during the post-strike phase, contact us today. For more information on how to improve your workplace, read our other post, How to Analyze Business Processes.

 

 

Jobs in Engineering: What Is It Like to Work at a Temp Agency?

 

Stability is often one of the primary factors people take into account when weighing career options. For that reason, people typically shy away from temporary positions. However, temp agencies provide a number of desirable benefits that many may not be aware of, especially for jobs in engineering and manufacturing.

So what is it like to work at a temp agency? Below we examine just some of the advantages to working on a temp basis.

Flexibility – While stability is suitable for some, flexibility works better for others. At most temp agencies, employees have to ability to take on job assignments at their choosing.

Learn & Apply New Skills – Temp agencies provide employees with thorough training and enables them to learn and apply new skills they can leverage in the future.

Temp Can Lead to Permanent – Since temp work allows people to learn new skills, many workers use those skills to obtain permanent employment — whether at the company they are temping at or elsewhere.

Change of Scenery – As part of a temporary workforce, people are often allowed to experience different geographic locations, a desirable benefit for those who enjoy moving around.

Network & Establish New Relationships – Temp work allows employees to network and meet new people at a faster rate than permanent employment, which is highly valuable in building a career.

Wide Variety of Backgrounds Wanted – Companies such as Strom value workers from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels, including people with prior experience in warehouses, maintenance mechanics, steel manufacturing, and many other areas.

Still have questions about what it’s like to work on a temp basis with companies like Strom Engineering? Contact us today to learn more.

To learn more about temp solutions, read our other post, Labor Dispute Preparation 101: How Temporary Staffing Can Help.

Strom Engineering Endows Holy Family Catholic High School with Historic Gift

Strom Engineering has endowed Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria with a historic $100,000 donation, the largest charitable donation the company has made to date. The endowment will be called the Strom Engineering Endowment for Technology.

“We feel strongly about participating in the community and donating to nonprofits that represent the values of Strom Engineering. Our corporate dedication to innovation and technology reflects Holy Family’s development of students to succeed in their professional careers,” said John Radick, CEO Emeritus of Strom Engineering and Emeritus Board Member of Holy Family. “The school’s combination of faith and values with academic rigor has launched alumni who are leaders in their fields. We are excited to see how this endowment builds the school’s technology program to prepare students for success.”

While Holy Family will be able to direct the funds wherever appropriate for the school, the Strom Engineering Endowment for Technology is expected to primarily benefit the school’s science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) program.

“We are grateful to Strom Engineering for the company’s support of Holy Family over the years and this endowment in particular,” said Kathleen Brown, Principal of Holy Family. “Our robotics club, Pyrobotics, has won multiple awards for innovation of design and presentation at regional and national competitions. This endowment will ensure that they have every opportunity available to compete at the highest levels.”

Previous Strom Engineering donations to Holy Family have facilitated the school’s purchase of digital whiteboards as well as the funding of financial need-based scholarships. Radick has had a close relationship with Holy Family; all four of his children have attended the school and he served on the school’s Board of Directors for six years, including two as the board chair.

“At Holy Family we believe we have an obligation and a privilege to provide our students with opportunities that will expose, engage and inspire their appetites to consider pursuing college degrees and occupations in STEAM-related industries,” said Michael Brennan, President of Holy Family. “These are the fields with the jobs, the salaries, and above all the ability to impact the world.”

A Dive Into Manufacturing: A Plant Relocation Checklist

 

Businesses in manufacturing must quickly adapt to the changing demands and technologies of their industries. Often times, this requires a reprioritization of resources – including perhaps the need to relocate or expand plants and other facilities. If you’re a business that has come to realize it’s time to move, there are a number of things you should keep in mind. Below we’ve composed a simple manufacturing plant relocation checklist to help:

Equipment Audit: Any plant relocation should include a thorough audit of existing equipment. Keep in mind: Some equipment might be easier to simply replace at the new facility, rather than repair and transport. Relocation can be a good opportunity to tie up loose ends and ensure that your equipment is not only in compliance, but in top working condition as well. For this process, it’s important to keep track of each machine in a spreadsheet, along with the status of its working condition.

Local Regulations: You’ll need to examine local issues and whether or not the area has already received approval for zoning, something that’s usually done through a city council. Other local issues you’ll want to pay attention to include property taxes and labor laws.

Safety Issues: Some of this ties into providing a thorough equipment audit, but it’s also important to ensure your new facility meets all the safety standards, as outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. For more on OSHA, visit OSHA.gov.

Environmental Aspects: In addition to local regulations, it’s important to also pay attention to federal requirements that regulate emissions (Clean Air Act – EPA.gov) and laws that regulate the disposal of wastes.

At the end of the day, it goes without saying that each company has unique needs and requirements to meet. For help with relocation, check out the relocation service from Strom Engineering. Also, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.