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    Continuous Improvement

    Group50 is doing a national study on the utilization of continuous improvement tools inside companies of various sizes and industries.  The results of this study will provide business leaders with an in-depth view of the relevant tools used in their industry and in companies of similar sizes.  This study will be sent to all participants free of charge.

    I would like to thank you in advance for participating in this study and hope that it will provide with a basis from which to make informed decisions about the state of continuous improvement inside your company.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Gitney, CEO Group50

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    What industry is your company in?

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    What level of the organization do you belong to?

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    What are the approximate annual revenues of your company?

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    How many employees do you have in your company?

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    Do you have a continuous improvement program in your company?

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    Do you use continuous improvement tools in your company?  If so, which ones do you use?

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    Does your company document its' business processes?

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    Do employees have an easy way to report potential opportunities for improvement?  If so, what methods are used?

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    How well does your organization understand continuous improvement?

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    If you were going to start a continuous improvement program in your company, how would you do it?


    Thank you for participating in the Continuous Improvement survey.  We expect the results to be available to you by the end of October 2016.



    Mexico Blog Topics

    Welcome to  Mexico Blog Topics Survey.  Thank you for taking the time to help us prioritize the issues that are most important to our readers.  If you have any questions or want more information about our Global Initiatives practice, you can email us at info@group50.com or call us at (909) 949-9083.

     

    Best Regards,

    The Group50 Team

     

    Please choose the most important blog topics to you from the list below. 


    Please provide us a some contact information so that we can keep you posted on the survey result, and be sure to click Submit Quiz to see your results!



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    HR Self-Assessment

    Welcome! The Human Resources self- assessment focuses on the employee practices, policies, procedures and strategic intent that are the foundation of the operation and culture of any company. The purpose of an HR Self Audit is to:

    • Determine the current state of your HR practices, policies and procedures
    • Determine the risk (compliance, legal, personnel, productivity) any HR gaps might present
    • Establish a roadmap to close any gaps that could create business issues

    The results obtained from this assessment can help:

    • Identify issues and/or gaps in HR practices
    • Prioritize the gaps for attention
    • Minimize lawsuits and/or regulatory violations
    • Identify opportunities to better deliver your required business results.

    In summary, an HR assessment involves identifying issues and finding solutions to problems before they become unmanageable. It is an opportunity to assess what an organization is doing right, as well as how things might be done differently, more efficiently or at a reduced cost.

    Based on the difficulty of this task, more and more companies are looking for an outside resource to conduct the audit and in turn develop a list of required and recommended changes. Thus, completing the following SELF ASSESSMENT will allow you to determine if you have sufficient HR support and expertise, have potential risk/compliance issues or if you need to seek additional resources to support and grow your business.

    Process Score each area (being brutally honest) on a scale from 1 to 10, where:

    • 1 (High Risk/Poor Results/Not at All)
    • 5 (Average, but not helping build your business)
    • 10 (Strongly Agree/Best in Class, where others look for support and guidance)

    Once your assessment is completed, you will be directed to a page that will tell you your score and provide a quick comparison to our benchmarked companies. On that page we will share some additional information and provide links to other support materials and resources.

    You will also be able to reach out to a Group50 expert to schedule a free one hour consult if you choose to do so.

    Is the turnover in your key positions in line with your expectations?
    Are you bringing in talent that fits your needs now and for the long term?
    Do you have a written staffing strategy concerning the use of temporary workforce, staffing agencies, contingency staffing, outsourcing, etc.?
    If you are not unionized, do you have a written strategy and plan to address future activity? Has your legal team concurred with this plan? Have you discussed this with your current employees?
    If you are unionized do you have strong long-term agreements, relationships and a clear go-forward strategy that leadership and the union support?
    Do you have a robust Succession Planning procedure that delivers leaders when they are needed and benefits retention?
    Are you or your HR Organization spending an appropriate amount of time on Personnel matters; Safety results/OSHA inspections, Leaves (FMLA, Sick Leave, Vacation, Stress/Emotional), Discipline/Performance Management, court cases?
    Is your Workers Compensation rating in line with your industry?
    Are your Vision, Mission, and Values known by employees and used in decision-making or they just a picture on the wall?
    Do you update your Employee Handbook/Policies and Practices Guide annually and do you have signatures on file for all employees denoting “received, read and understood”?
    Do you have clear written procedures and policies covering your most at-risk areas: expense/travel, computer/social media/personal use, etc.?
    Do you have clearly defined, ongoing communications methods (e.g., “CEO’s quarterly update” employee newsletters, employee meetings, results scorecards published in employee areas) that effectively let employees know how the business is performing?
    Do you have a written Compensation and Benefits strategy?  Is it delivering the expected behaviors?
    Are your Bonus/Incentive/Commission plans delivering the expected behaviors?  Are they well understood by all employees?  Will they pass a diversity review?
    Are you compliant with all local, state and federal regulations for Wage and Hour, Exempt vs. Non-exempt, Outside workers, Temporary Workers and ERISA?
    Is your current Performance Review system considered an annual burden or does it provide ongoing active feedback that is delivering performance growth?
    Do you have a proactive Employee Relations program or do you just react to issues as they arise?
    Are HR/People analytics used only by Finance/HR or are they part of the company’s decision-making for resources, skills, competencies, ready now, training for new projects, etc.?
    Are your Personnel Files compliant: Secure, Separate locations for I-9/Medical/ Hire/Feedback and are line managers aware of these requirements?
    Is your Culture equipped for major changes or challenges such as Merger or Acquisition, a business downturn, explosive growth, union changes/incursion(s), etc.?
    Do you have a Change Management/Change Readiness process in place? 
    Is your training program delivering the skills that you need now and for the future?
    How many employees are there in your company?


    Be sure to click Submit Quiz to see your results!



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    Market Effectiveness Assessment

    Market Effectiveness is the horizontal business process (swim lane) that starts with your company's strategic plan, includes how you develop and manage your products and ends with how effectively you market, sell and service your products.

    The Market Effectiveness self assessment asks probing questions about this critical business process. The results obtained from this assessment can help:

    • Identify issues and/or gaps in critical functional practices
    • Prioritize strategic and operating gaps
    • Identify opportunities to improve the delivery of your required business results.

    In summary, the Market Effectiveness assessment involves identifying issues and finding solutions to problems before they become unmanageable.  It is an opportunity to assess what the organization is doing right, as well as how things might be done differently, more efficiently or at a reduced cost.

    Be brutally honest about the company's performance during the assessment. Once your assessment is completed, you will be directed to a page that will tell you your score and provide a quick comparison to our benchmark companies.  On that page we will share some additional information and provide links to other support materials and resources.

    How healthy are your sales/revenue?
    Characterize how concentrated your sales are among top customers:
    What has happened with your market share over the past 2 years?
    How happy are you with recent investments aimed at growing sales/revenue (Marketing, Sales, R&D, Service, Customer Service, etc.)?
    How to you gather market information and track key market trends?
    When did the company last formally assess its reputation and customer satisfaction?
    Which of these best describes your brand(s)?
    Who manages your companies’ brand(s)?
    How do you develop product managers in your company?
    How quickly and effectively do you develop and launch new products/services compared to competitors?
    What percentage of annual sales is products less than 2 years old?
    What would customers say is an issue for your company?
    (check all that apply)

    What are some of your biggest concerns regarding your company?
    (check all that apply)

    How effective is your Sales organization?
    How effective is your Customer Service organization?
    How effective is your Marketing organization?
    Check the best descriptor of your business type:
    Number of employees in your business:


    Be sure to provide a valid email address and click Submit Answers to see your results!



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    Is Consulting Right For You?

    Thank you for considering Group50® as a career option.  The first step in us getting to know each other is to find out more information about your aspirations.  Please think carefully about the following questions.

    Have you been a consultant during your career?


    Please provide us with a summary of why you are considering consulting for your next career move and why you think consulting is the right thing for you?

    What functional areas have you worked in?  Please choose N/A if you haven't done internal or external consulting before.


    Have you had a position in a corporation where you were a consultant or adviser to management teams in the corporation?


    Do you want to consult full time or part time?

    Tell us about your education and certifications.


    Have you ever started up your own business?


    How many years of manufacturing and distribution experience have you had?

    What functional titles did you hold in your last 2-3 roles?

    Have you been responsible for business development and managing customers?


    Do you have substantial internal selling experience?


    In what industrial sectors have you worked?

    As part of our process, we do background and reference checks on our consulting candidates. Is that o.k with you?

    If you are on LinkedIn, or have your own website, please provide us the URL(s).

    Please provide us with any additional information or comments you would like to share with us.


    Thank you for completing the “Is Consulting Right for You?” survey. 

    You will be receiving an email from us summarizing your responses and providing next steps information after you hit the SUBMIT button.

    The Group50® team



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    Exit Planning Readiness

    How many employees do you have in your business?
    What are the approximate revenues of your company?


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