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4 Executive Sessions CNC Shop Owners Won’t Want to Miss

Sep 11, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Sep 11, 2015 9:30:00 AM

When Gosiger sponsored the first Executive Roundtable Discussions last February with a dozen shop owners and managers in southeast Ohio, the three top of mind issues that came up were: (1) Finding and keeping good employees; (2) Pricing to be both competitive and profitable; (3) The desire for help from suppliers when tackling difficult problems.

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Topics: Organization

5 Ways Blogging Can Bring in Jobs

Aug 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Aug 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM

A CNC shop owner recently lamented that the machining business is a perfect example of “feast or famine.” It’s true that shop owners have a tendency to actively look for new jobs only when the pipeline is emptying. Otherwise they’re focused on getting work out the door as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

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Topics: Marketing

The Fine Art of Firing Problem Employees: 5 Suggestions

Apr 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Apr 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

There may be some sadistic types out there who actually enjoy firing people, however most of us don’t look forward to such acts. Certainly if an employee has stolen from our CNC shop or committed an egregious act we’re less likely to feel bad about the firing. Most of the time, though, we have to let people go because their performance isn’t up to standards or their behavior is disruptive. Regardless, firing is stressful, painful and could come back to haunt us if done improperly. So here are 5 important considerations when it’s time to pull the plug:

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Topics: Management

7 Tax Planning Tips for CNC Machine Shops

Mar 6, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Mar 6, 2015 11:30:00 AM

As the new Congress takes shape there will likely be a number of tax issues that will be impacted by legislation. Like it or not, new tax laws and extensions or curtailments of existing programs may affect your manufacturing business. It’s best to keep in close contact with your trusted tax advisor as you move into 2015. Here are 7 important areas to keep an eye on:

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Topics: Finances

7 Ways to Deal with Poor Cash Flow

Feb 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Feb 20, 2015 10:00:00 AM

We’ve all been there: That big order was suddenly postponed or canceled. Even our best paying customers take their sweet time sending the check. An unexpected expense drained our cash reserves. Whatever the cause, slow cash flow keeps us up at night.

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Topics: Finances

5 Ways Email Can Get More CNC Machine Shop Business

Jan 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Jan 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Although social media, online advertising and other digital promotional tools get star treatment these days, it’s a fact that email is still the most widely used business communications vehicle. As such, email is also one of the most accessible and cost-effective ways to get more CNC machine shop business.

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Topics: Marketing

7 Reasons CNC Machine Shops Should Invest in Employee Training

Dec 5, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Dec 5, 2014 11:30:00 AM

One of the key findings of the annual Top Shops surveys conducted by Gardner Business Media is that the higher performing CNC shops invest more in employee training than their counterparts. Like any other business CNC machine shops must invest in continuing education to stay abreast of current manufacturing practices and technologies. Here are 7 reasons to invest in employee training:

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Topics: Hiring

7 Ways to Handle Problem Employees

Nov 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Nov 21, 2014 11:00:00 AM

One of the most unpleasant tasks a manager or shop owner faces is dealing with problem employees. In a more perfect world we’d all come to work with the desire to do our best to help our companies succeed. In fact, most employees do just that. Sure, we all have those days when we’re not at our best, but most of us take pride in our work, so long as it’s appreciated.

Unfortunately, there are exceptions:

  • The Prima Donnas who think they’re better than their co-workers and should be treated “special”
  • The Drama Queens who throw tantrums whenever something goes wrong
  • The Specialists whose mantra is “That’s not my job”
  • Houdini – the worker who has mastered the art of disappearing from his or her work area and magically reappearing just before quitting time
  • Mr. or Ms. Innocent who is never at fault, never takes responsibility, but always finds something or someone to blame when things go wrong
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Topics: Culture

Beware of These 4 Toxic Traits in New Hires

Sep 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Sep 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Many business leaders agree that one of the keys to success is having the right people in the right jobs. Therefore we tend to focus on technical expertise, experience and intelligence when evaluating potential employees. Although these are all significant issues, it’s equally important to hire people who have the right personalities and attitudes.

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Topics: Hiring

Think Your CNC Shop is too Small for a Union? Think Again.

Aug 29, 2014 10:30:00 AM

Posted by Gosiger on Aug 29, 2014 10:30:00 AM

If yours is a large manufacturing company you may well deal with a union. If not, you most likely have created a work environment in which the employees don’t feel the need to belong to a collective bargaining organization.

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Topics: Management