Training to Help Onboard Newly Hired Maintenance Techs

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Your maintenance department is vital to your organization’s success, and it’s no stronger than the maintenance technicians who perform much of your maintenance work: corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, conditions-based maintenance, etc.

In a recent article, we explained how having a robust maintenance tech training program can be a great competitive advantage when your organization is trying to recruit and hire maintenance techs. We’ll continue along the same thread in this article, drawing from the experiences of some of our customers to show the importance of maintenance tech training in terms of properly onboarding your newly hired maintenance techs and, in particular, getting them fully up to speed at your workplace.

For now, read and enjoy the article, and let us know if you have any questions about your own facilities maintenance training program at work. Plus, check out our recorded webinar on maintenance, maintainability, organizational learning, and continuous improvement. 


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What Is Lean? Introducing Employees to Lean Manufacturing

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So you’re thinking of adopting lean manufacturing at your workplace, huh?

But what will you tell employees and managers? How will you explain lean to them?

In this article, we’ve got some ideas, suggestions, and tools for you to use. We think these can help you introduce lean to rank and file employees and managers. Then you can go on to get into these ideas in more detail and to introduce more ideas over time. You might even want to roll out some lean manufacturing training courses.

Also, check out the bottom of this article, where we’ve provided a FREE “5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing” infographic you can download.


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FREE INFOGRAPHIC: Muda, Mura & Muri: Three Types of Waste from Lean Manufacturing

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Lean manufacturing practitioners often talk about three different kinds of waste: muda, mura, and muri.

This can get a little confusing, because lean experts ALSO talk about seven or eight kind of wastes, but when they’re talking about that, they’re talking about seven or eight different types of muda (muda is a Japanese word that means something like futility, uselessness, or wastefulness). Please see our The 7 Types of Waste in Lean Infographic for more about the different types of muda.

But when people in lean talk about different types of waste other than muda, they are talk about mura and muri. Admittedly a bit confusing, yes, but are you with us now?

If so, we invite you to check out and then download our free 3 Types of Waste (Muda, Mura, and Muri) Infographic below for your workplace continuous improvement efforts.


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OSHA and CDC Provide Helpful Guidance and Information on Coronavirus

As you no doubt know, the new coronavirus is spreading across the globe and US government officials have said it’s not a question of IF coronavirus will spread in the US but rather WHEN (and also, what the consequences will be).

That’s not to panic you–panic won’t help–but it is to say that you’d be wise to check out some credible authorities, learn more, and consider coming up with a plan about how your organization will prepare for the possibilities (and of course, how you’ll manage this issue in your personal life and with your families/loved ones/etc.).

We are not medical experts or public health authorities, so we thought the best thing we could do was point you toward some people who know what they’re talking about: the CDC and OSHA, both of whom have created helpful resources for you.

Here’s the CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage. There’s a subsection of this larger webpage titled Interim Guidance for Business and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.

And here’s the OSHA Safety & Health Topic Page for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

And here’s a new CDC page (we think) for creating a coronavirus/COVID-19 Home Preparedness Plan.

We’ll continue adding helpful resources to this article as we find them. Please feel free to suggest your own in the comments section below.

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Free Infographic: Getting Started with Construction Safety Management

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You can improve your occupational safety and health management at work by moving away from a focus on compliance to incorporating a safety management program (or system) that’s more comprehensive and self-reinforcing.

To help you with that, in 2016 OSHA published OSHA 3886, Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs in Construction. Take a moment to download that document now and save it on your computer…we’ll wait right here.

Are you back? We hope you enjoy that OSHA document, and to help you get started on this effort at work, we thought you might like to download the free infographic below, which gives you 9 simple steps for getting started on construction safety management (the steps are drawn from the OSHA document we just linked you to).

Also, once you’ve download this infographic, you might also want to download the companion Core Elements of Construction Safety Management infographic we made too.

Enjoy this and good luck with your construction safety management efforts!


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Developing a Training Program That Assists Hiring of Maintenance Techs

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Recently a commercial real estate maintenance company came to us looking for help putting together a comprehensive maintenance technician training program to meet the needs of not only their new hires but of their maintenance techs throughout their careers with the company.

Although this company had many reasons to want to improve their training program, one was that it was becoming difficult in a tight labor market to hire without being able to offer that benefit to their job candidates. Given that people in the labor force may have multiple job possibilities, letting job candidates know the company offered a training program, and letting the candidates see that program and understands how it works, was a significant competitive advantage in hiring.

Of course, the company benefitted in other ways from designing and creating a maintenance technician training program for their maintenance techs, but if you can’t hire employees, your continuous improvement, growth, and learning business goals are stopped before you start. So we’ll focus by explaining the program’s influence on hiring new employees, but stay tuned for additional articles that discuss equally important benefits of the new training program, such as employee retention, overall employee morale, maintenance skill development within the employee population, and better customer satisfaction from the company’s customers.

For now, read and enjoy the article, and let us know if you have any questions about your own facilities maintenance training program at work. Plus, check out our recorded webinar on maintenance, maintainability, organizational learning, and continuous improvement. 


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Free Guide to Selecting Online Manufacturing Training

So you’d like to add online training to your current manufacturing training program, but you want to take your time and make sure you’ll implement the solutions that are the best fit for your organizational training and learning needs? Are we right?

If so, we congratulate you, because there really is no single solution or implementation that is a perfect fit for every company, and even if there were, you’d still need to consider how you’d add online training to the rest of the L&D programs at your manufacturing facility.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve got a free GUIDE TO SELECTING ONLINE MANUFACTURING TRAINING for you  below.  It will help you consider big-picture things, like how online training fits into your L&D programs; what online training “mainly” means now and what it will probably include in the future; criteria for selecting online courses, learning management systems, and providers; and some tips for using online training wisely once you have implemented it.


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Free Recorded Webinar: How to Select Online Manufacturing Training

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If you’re thinking about getting some online training at your manufacturing facility, you might want to check out this free recorded webinar first. And don’t forget to ask us any questions you may have!

Watch our recorded Online Manufacturing Training that Works webinar at our Webinars page. 

In addition to this webinar, you might enjoy our free How to Select Online Manufacturing Training Guide helpful as well as the following articles and guides:

Have a great day and contact us with any questions!

Also please feel free to download our free Guide to Selecting Online Manufacturing Training, below. 

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Download this free guide to assist you in your organization’s search for online manufacturing training, including courses, learning management systems, and providers.

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6 Steps for Creating Effective Manufacturing Training Programs

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Want to know how to design, create, and deliver effective manufacturing training programs at work? The kind of manufacturing training that truly helps workers acquire new knowledge and develop new skills they can perform on the job? The kind that will have a real, measurable effect on key business KPIs such as average time to onboard a new employee and even production, revenue, and profit?

We’ve got a pretty simple, six-step formula for success for you to follow in this article. Just put these six steps into action at your manufacturing facility and you’ll have more skilled workers before you know it. The employees will thank you for it (after all, they want to know how to perform their jobs well) and so will your bosses.

This article explains each of the six steps in a good bit of detail below. But if you really want to take a deep-dive, know that we’ve provided links throughout the article so you can explain various aspects even more. (more…)

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What to Look for in a Learning Management System (LMS) for Manufacturing Training

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A learning management system, or LMS, is web-based software application organizations can use to manage and administer their employee training programs–that includes training that occurs online, naturally, but also training that occurs face-to-face, such as instructor-led training, field-based training, and so on.

There are many different LMSs on the market. In many cases, they provide similar features and functionality, but of course, they’re all unique as well. Some are bigger and more powerful. Some and smaller with fewer features. Some are really part of even larger software management programs geared around an organization’s hire-to-fire, talent-management efforts. Others are specially designed to help organizations in specific industries or even departments in specific organizations.

There’s no one learning management system that’s the best fit for all organizations. In fact, two organizations that are similar in many ways may STILL find their best suited to different learning management systems.

In this article, we’re going to give you some features to consider if you’re a manufacturer and you’re looking for a learning management system for your workplace. Read this article, and if you find it interesting, you may also want to check out our articles on Selecting Online Manufacturing Training and Things to Look for in Online Manufacturing Training Courses.

You might also want to check out our free, recorded webinar titled Online Manufacturing Training that Works–How to Select Online Manufacturing Training for Your Organization


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What Is Conditions-Based Maintenance?

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In our continuing introductory look at industrial & facilities maintenance basics, this article will provide an introduction to conditions-based maintenance, or CBM.

At root, CBM is a maintenance strategy focused on determining the correct time to perform maintenance on equipment and machines.

To learn more about this, please read the article below and be sure to let us know if you’ve got any questions.


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OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Advice on Leading Indicators for Safety and Health Outcomes

Safety measurement is a big and important topic in occupational safety and health. We went into this issue in detail in a recorded discussion with Pam Walaski called Safety Metrics Reconsidered, we also discussed it during parts of recorded discussions with Ron Gantt (Safety Classics Reconsidered) and Carsten Busch (10 Common Safety Myths), and we plan on talking with Carsten Busch again soon on the topic, as he’s published a new book addressing issues around safety measurement (stay tuned for that).

In addition, the NSC/Campbell Library has done a lot of good research and publishing on the topic (we’ll cover that in an upcoming blog post) and OSHA published a document titled Using Leading Indicators to Improve Safety and Health Outcomes in June of 2019. It’s that newish OSHA document on using leading indicators for safety measurement and safety improvement we’re going to focus on in this article.

Before you read on, it’s definitely worth your while to download the OSHA document. And before you begin reading, know that we’ve got a free OSHA General Industry Compliance Guide for you, too!


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