Do you have a smart phone? I do, and chances are you do as well. In fact, research from Mary Meeker shows that today there are over $2.5 billion smartphone users around the world. Much like the internet before it smart phones and the rising use of mobile devices is a technology trend that is influencing many facets of our lives today, both personal and professional.
Over the last few years mobile has driven significant changes in how, where and when we use the internet. The internet’s initial value proposition of – all the world’s information available to anyone – has now become – all the world’s information available anywhere. This constant connectivity has impacted all areas of our lives, from how we navigate around town, to how we do our work, even to how we shop. In fact, earlier this year mobile use reached a very significant milestone. During … Read more...
We do something quite unique at Intelex. We service both the safety and the quality needs of many organizations. As such I get a window into two critical, but often separate parts of an organization. I’m lucky to have had hundreds of conversations with our clients on the value and challenges of their safety and quality programs and in those discussions I often hear some common themes.
Conversations like this:
“Hi Mrs. Safety Pro, do you know how your company currently manages your product defects and non-conformances?”
“No clue, I was put on this planet to drive down incidents and keep my employees safe”
Fair. Can’t blame her. Here is another one:
“Mr. Quality Pro, how is your company taking a proactive approach to driving down occupational injuries in the work place?”
“To be honest, I have no idea, we simply cannot afford to have a recall on a product. … Read more...
One of the biggest challenges for all professionals, including those in EHSQ, is determining the best way to leverage data to support your decisions and ideas. Data is the driving force behind most business decisions today, and it’s imperative that we all be able to use it to strengthen rather than confuse our positions.
Data visualizations are a great way to turn confusing data into consumable information.
But how do you know if you’ve picked the right EHSQ charts for your report? How effective are your dashboards? Follow these three simple rules and improve the impact of your data visualization:
- Pick the right chart orientation
- Match your visualization to your message
- Style your visualization appropriately
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The national retail federation in the U.S. estimates that retail supports 1 out of every 4 jobs in the United States. Retail is incredibly important to the global economy. In fact, many if not all of us have probably been employed by the retail industry at some point in our lives. As such, most of us understand how critical motivation and culture are in that industry. This is especially true as it relates to employee workplace health and safety.
The interesting thing about “work” and modern research into workplace culture, motivation, and engagement, is that many of the core philosophies of business are being challenged. Even in industries such as retail that come with so much history. Research today is showing a direct link between employee happiness and engagement, with company performance, and ultimately company safety and quality performance.
What does it means to really be engaged at work … Read more...
What got us to where we are today will not get us to where we want to be tomorrow.
Decades of awareness building, training, and record keeping on Occupational Health and Safety – spearheaded by private and public enterprises and prodded along by governments – have got us to where we are today. These efforts have moved us incrementally along a path over the past four decades from literally dozens of deaths per day in the US alone, to a quarter of this number today.
However, the new standard many companies are striving for of zero fatalities and zero serious injuries requires a breakthrough. Traditional health and safety investments relying on moral suasion and larger budgets suffer from diminished returns after a certain point. To drastically change safety outcomes, we need to look beyond traditional Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) approaches. New social and mobile technology offer hope of getting … Read more...
Is your company recognized by its suppliers as a Customer of Choice? What exactly does this distinction mean and why is it important? A Customer of Choice is a customer recognized by many of its suppliers as a preferred customer for a number of reasons. From their talented workforce and integrated management systems to their global processes and approach to supplier collaboration, customers that can achieve this distinction can unlock new sources of competitive advantage with the help of their suppliers.
When suppliers recognize that they have a Customer of Choice on their hands, they have a tendency to go out of their way to service that particular customer’s needs. In these situations, suppliers will assign their most talented employees, allocate scarce resources, provide additional discounts, prioritize production capacity, give early access to new products, and go out of their way to solve customer problems so that their customers can … Read more...