Driving Daily Engagement

The Weekly Report – May 15, 2023
At his next in-person manufacturing workshop, “Empowering Continuous Improvement,” continuous improvement expert Greg Hunsaker will show manufacturers how to build a culture of engagement and lean thinking.

For manufacturers at every stage of the continuous improvement journey, empowering employees is critical. At this workshop, Greg Hunsaker will walk participants through the steps they need to help employees become daily problem solvers who can identify and reduce wastes in their processes.

While recognizing the importance of big events to kick off or revitalize productivity efforts, Greg emphasizes the value of daily problem solving at the employee level for both individuals and teams.

“Employees want to feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves,” he says.

I appreciate how Greg connects authentic employee engagement to increased productivity and the well-being of a company’s people. “Ultimately, lean shows respect for your people,” he says. They live on that floor for 8, 10, 12 hours a day. Company leaders have an obligation to appreciate that we want them to be productive, lean advocates for the company.” And Greg has a decades-long track record of showing manufacturers how to do that.

Greg’s two-hour workshop will weave his experience in production, assembly, and lean initiatives with practical advice on empowering employees. He’s skilled at helping companies help their employees reduce waste, cut lead times and boost productivity.

The in-person workshop will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22 at Hennepin Technical College’s Eden Prairie campus. I’m delighted that Enterprise Minnesota continues to team up with Hennepin Tech. Our partnership with the college continues to grow in support of our collective focus on helping students become great manufacturing employees of the future.

You will leave the workshop understanding:
• The power of connecting employees to company goals with clear metrics
• How to implement Plan, Do, Check, Act on a daily basis
• How to overcome common challenges to adopting a culture of continuous improvement

Who should attend:
Any manufacturer who knows basic lean concepts and has implemented early steps in Value Stream Mapping, 5S, and Kaizen events, yet seeks a higher level of continuous improvement. Registration is exclusive to manufacturers and is free of charge.

Click here to register for this workshop.

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