Cost of Living Factors in Building & Maintaining a Workforce

This article below was written several years ago just as housing and rent prices began to skyrocket in the Portland Metro region and a boom in migration into the state and region was taking root. Realizing that these changes were about to increase workers’ cost of living, I described necessary considerations in order to recruit … More Cost of Living Factors in Building & Maintaining a Workforce

VALUE OF BRANDING FOR MANUFACTURERS

INTRODUCTION: The manufacturing supply chain has changed dramatically over the past 25 years. Equipment, processes, rules/regulations, demand and demographics reflect industries’ increased integration and dependence on technology and social media. Long gone are catalogs where buyers would find parts or answers. And through word-of-mouth, networking, reps, and trade shows continue to provide value, their impact is diminished … More VALUE OF BRANDING FOR MANUFACTURERS

Community Awareness Affects Businesses’ Bottom Line

Businesses focus on their internal operations to improve their bottom line, but in many cases too much internal focus creates an awareness vacuum that limits perspective and growth. Institutional logic holds that businesses are part of a larger context where they influence and are influenced by the non-business world. By engaging and embracing the community, a business … More Community Awareness Affects Businesses’ Bottom Line

COVID-19: HOW CRISES SHAPE INNOVATION THROUGH MANUFACTURING RESILIENCY & ADAPTABILITY

Introduction COVID-19 presents an issue that we haven’t grappled with since WWII, which is how do industries overcome a global crisis? US manufacturing heeded the call 60 years ago when consumer product manufacturing shifted to defense. Rather than cripple the economy, the war effort created new jobs and introduced innovations like radars, penicillin, and jet … More COVID-19: HOW CRISES SHAPE INNOVATION THROUGH MANUFACTURING RESILIENCY & ADAPTABILITY

Making “Inclusion”​ More Than A Buzzword: The Truth About Disabled Employees, Poverty & Social Justice

The term ‘inclusion’ is frequently used and has become a buzzword to represent promotion of diverse workforces, but in practice the term ‘inclusion’ simply renounces unlawful discrimination. Sometimes inclusion is applied as an effort to seek underserved communities for hiring considerations and to adopt HR policies that penalize unlawful workplace behavior. Application of inclusion has … More Making “Inclusion”​ More Than A Buzzword: The Truth About Disabled Employees, Poverty & Social Justice