Five Principles of HOP Infographic (Human & Organizational Performance)

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If you’re interested in new approaches to safety, sometimes referred to with the umbrella term “new safety” and other times discussed in more specific schools of thought, such as Safety Differently, Safety-II, Resilience Engineering, and (to the point of this downloadable infographic), Human and Organizational Performance, or HOP.

We’ve got a cool 5 Principles of HOP infographic for you below. Go ahead and download it–you’ll see it’s based on five principles as listed by HOP practitioner Dr. Todd Conklin and has a lot of links to places where you can learn more.

And while you’re downloading the Five Principles infographic, you might also find some of this other stuff we’ve got for you valuable, too:

Download the infographic below and let us know if you’ve got any questions! 

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Download this infographic listing and explaining the five principles of Human and Organizational Performance, or HOP, as defined by Dr. Todd Conklin.

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Online Industrial Training Tools & Tech to Know About

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Industrial companies and other organizations have been making increasingly common use of online training and different technologies associated with online training for some time now. And that long-term trend has only increased as a result of COVID-19.

So if you’re a manufacturing or industrial organization, and you’re looking to begin your online training journey or simply add to it, you may be asking yourself what some of the common technologies, tools, and product types are.

And that’s what we’re going to try to help you with now.

In addition to this article, please feel free to listen to our Effective Manufacturing Training that Works webinar and our Selecting Online Manufacturing Training webinar as well as download our Manufacturing Training guide and our Selecting & Using Online Manufacturing Training guide.

And of course, we’ve got a range of online manufacturing training courses, mobile training apps, and learning management systems for manufacturing organizations as well.


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How Lean Manufacturing is Part of the HPI Toolkit for Improving Performance at Work

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It can be easy to unnecessarily “silo” different sets of ideas and not immediately recognize that they’re related. We all probably do it at times, which is too bad, because we can often create better outcomes by making connections between those silos and creating a convergence of ideas.

One easy example of this is the not-necessarily-obvious connection between lean manufacturing and human performance improvement (HPI).

We’re going to explain that connection to you in the article below. It’s worth noting this idea certainly isn’t new, and it may seem blindingly obvious to some while perhaps others haven’t thought of it. The idea came to mind for me most recently during the pre-recorded chit-chat immediately before a recorded discussion I recently had with Guy Wallace describing the origins of HPI, so hat-tip to Guy for instigating this article.


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A Brief History of Human Performance Improvement (HPI): Talking with Guy Wallace

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Human Performance Improvement, or HPI, is a method of improving performance and outcomes at organizations that can include workplace training but considers  reasons for problems beyond just knowledge and skill gaps and interventions other than just training.

It’s also sometimes called Human Performance Technology, or HPT.

In this interview, HPI practitioner Guy Wallace gives us an overview of HPI/HPT, tells us about a few of the key ideas and originators (some of whom Guy worked with or new), gives us a few best practices, and talks about two HPI-related projects of his: a series of recorded video discussions with other HPI practitioners and a website collecting HPI resources for people to check out and learn from.

Check out the recorded discussion below and then check below the video for some links to things Guy and I talked about.

We’ve got resources for you below, plus a free downloadable Mager/Pipe Problem-Solving Flowchart, so check that all out.


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Some Key Industrial Training Topics

Industrial employers and manufacturers have their hands full in today’s business climate. And while there are a lot of challenges (and opportunities too, of course), there’s no doubt that developing a fully skilled workforce is a big challenge.

In this article, we’re going to provide a brief overview of some key times when industrial employers should deliver training to workers and some key topics to provide that training.

We invite you to share your own experiences in hiring skilled workers, providing your initial training to them during onboarding as well as throughout their career with your organization to develop those necessary skills, and of course using that training as a way to retain employees so  you won’t have to go through the expensive proposition of turning around, hiring, and onboarding new employees so frequently.

In addition to this article on industrial training topics and moments of training needs, you might also enjoy our article with Industrial Training Tips and our article on developing Training Programs for Industrial Employees.


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What Is Reliability-Centered Maintenance?

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Reliability-centered maintenance is a process of planning maintenance inspections and procedures to ensure your equipment what you need them to do and to preserve its current function(s).

Reliability-centered maintenance, or RCM, begins with identifying the problems and potential problems with your equipment, beginning with how they can fail. RCM then leads you through an orderly process that leads you to identifying ways to prevent those failures.

We’ll explain more in this article.

Before you go further, feel free to download our Guide to Industrial Maintenance Training or check out our online industrial maintenance training courses and solutions.


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New Courses Released: Online Lean Manufacturing Training Courses Available

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We’re a little late in announcing this–apologies for that!–but earlier this year we released an entire series of online training courses on the basics of Lean Manufacturing.

These courses cover all the basics–we’ll include a full course-title list below along with course descriptions–and are part of our larger online training library for continuous improvement.

The courses are all made in our famous and award-winning multimedia video production style, which of course includes 2D- and 3D-animations. Check out a quick sample from our Lean Manufacturing highlight video, below.

Read on to learn more about the specific new courses in our Lean Manufacturing series.


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The Value of Continuing Education & Professional Certifications

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You might know Convergence Training as primarily a job-training company because we create a lot of training that’s often assigned at workplaces or otherwise made available to employees to complete to build skills, improve safety, be compliant with training requirements from agencies like MSHA or OSHA, and more.

But we’re also a part of the Vector Solutions family, and our sister company RedVector has strong offerings in what you might think of as continuing education, helping people prepare for professional certifications by certifying bodies or completing required training to maintain professional licenses.

In this article, we thought we’d tell you a little more about the continuing education offerings from our partners at RedVector (which are available to Convergence Training customers, just as our training is available to their customers).

Read on to learn more.


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Infographic: Intro to Agile-The Agile Manifesto & 12 Agile Principles

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If you’re interested in agile project management, you’re going to want to know about the Agile Manifesto, including its 4 Values, and the 12 Principles of Agile (which follow from those values).

To make it easy for you, we’ve created an Intro to Agile infographic for you with those 4 values and those 12 principles, and you can download it right here and right now.

For even more about using agile for project management, check out our Project Management Basics: What Is Agile  Project Management? article.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions and if you need courses preparing for the examinations offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to get a project management certificate (yep, we’ve got online courses for that through our partners at RedVector!).


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6 Easy Steps to Better Industrial Employee Training Programs

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Providing effective training that helps industrial employees quickly develop necessary job skills is an important part of success for industrial companies. Yet not all industrial employers are familiar with reliable methods of creating and delivering effective training materials and programs that truly help employees acquire necessary job knowledge and (more importantly) acquire needed job skills quickly and efficiently.

In this article, we’ll walk you through a simple, repeatable process for improving your industrial training and facilitating the career growth of the employees at your industrial workplace, we’ll link you to additional resources where you can learn more, and we’ll give you a free guide to industrial/manufacturing training that you can download as well.

Good luck putting together your own training programs at work and let us know if you have additional questions or if we can be of help.

In addition to this article, you might also be interested in our article on Industrial Training Topics and Times of Training Need and our article with some helpful Industrial Training Tips.


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Safety, Discipline & Accountability: A Conversation with Andrea Baker

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There have been times or even are times when occupational safety and health professionals have wanted to discipline workers for infractions of various sorts.

In this recorded video discussion, “HOP Mentor” Andrea Baker explains why disciplining workers is often the wrong approach. Instead, she recommends helping to create circumstances in which workers develop accountability for their behaviors, decisions, and work.

Check out Andrea’s HOP Mentor website here, and find additional materials from Andrea at the HOP Hub.

Here are some other articles you might find of interest as well:

Before you go, please feel free to download our infographic showing the famous Mager & Pipe Workplace Performance Problem Analysis & Solution Flowchart.

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Analyzing & Solving Workplace Performance Problems Flowchart

Download this free infographic, based on the famous Mager/Pipe flowchart from their book Analyzing Performance Problems, to determine the cause of workplace performance problems and then select the appropriate solution/intervention.

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Free On-Demand Webinar: Why Apply HPI?

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Human Performance Improvement, or HPI, is a field or thought (or philosophy, or mindset, or management system) dedicated to helping humans working more effectively within their workplace systems. We recently invited our friend Joe Estey, a human performance improvement specialist, to discuss HPI with us in a live webinar that we’re now offering in a recorded, on-demand version.

View our Why Apply HPI? Webinar at our Webinars webpage.

We hope you enjoy the webinar and invite you to check out collection of workforce training online courses.

We’ve also included a series of links related to HPI (and similar fields, such as Safety Differently, Safety II, and HOP, or human and organizational performance) as well as a free infograpic that reproduces the famous Workplace Performance Improvement flowchart by Mager and Pipe, below.


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