The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Total System Thinking: Learn To Truly See Your Business

So often business owners make decisions based on intuition, luck, or the magic 8 ball. As a small or mid-sized manufacturer, there are so many factors that can affect your company’s profitability, both inside and outside of your control. How do you make proactive decisions for the betterment of your…

Oregon Talent Council Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to our bronze sponsor of 2017, Oregon Talent Council. This post is the first part of a series highlighting OMEP’s fantastic sponsor companies and organizations. Representative Title: Melissa Leoni, Executive Director What is your favorite part about your job at Oregon Talent Council? My favorite part of my…

The Art of Job Task Analysis

A job task analysis helps break down a job into smaller, manageable chunks for on-the-job training. Whether you are developing work instructions or writing a job description, breaking down a job into a set of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks can seem daunting. Which tasks do you start with? How…

It’s Not the Bottom, It’s the Foundation

I recently came across this blog post from marketing guru Seth Godin, and felt that it was very pertinent to manufacturers who want to make their workplaces great places to work. Read on for an insightful post about leadership, organizational transparency, and the foundational work of managing your workforce so they are…

6 Telltale Signs Your Manufacturing Company is a Learning Organization

There has been a lot of talk recently about creating and maintaining a ‘learning culture’ in manufacturing. You may have asked yourself, ‘are we a learning organization?’ and then scratched your head, wondering what a ‘learning organization’ actually looks like… What is a learning organization? The concept of a learning…

National Manufacturing Day 2016 Wrap Up

Happy Manufacturing Day, Oregon! 2016 marked Oregon’s largest manufacturing day yet! We say that every year, but every year this fantastic series of events continues to increase in participation and influence. 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of National Manufacturing Day, and Oregon manufacturers showed up in a big way!…

Building Portland’s Maker Ecosystem

Thanks to Courtney Tait of Portland Made for this guest blog post In May of this year, a group of Portlanders passionate about supporting the city’s Maker Movement began meeting to discuss issues and ideas; services and strategies. Their goal? To help build and grow financially successful maker and manufacturing businesses…

Skills Shortage? What Skills Shortage?

The Skills Shortage Solution to Date: Panic! There has been much publicity and alarm surrounding the impending shortage of skills in manufacturing. Evidence of the skills shortage has been raised through the analysis of survey results and deduced from the exiting of an aging workforce. Rather than focus on…

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Increase Employee Engagement

Leading people can be challenging, and following a leader can feel frustrating as well. We’re all just trying to do our best at work, whether we’re owners, managers, or employees. Everyone has challenges in the workplace and no workplace is perfect. Creating a culture that fosters employee engagement is not something you…

Low Cost Employee Development for Manufacturers

Employee Development Doesn’t Have to be Costly The ability to get the best out of your employees, and unlock their greater potential is sometimes just a matter of opportunity. While many factors can impact your ability to provide training and development in your company, cost doesn’t need to be one of…