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How To Cross-Train Your Workforce

By Corey Brown

Cross-training is an essential component of any successful manufacturing company. The flexibility it creates enables your operations to continue regardless of what operators are on the line. Cross-training adds more skills to the factory floor and enables companies to better leverage the skills of its workforce. It also gives expert workers the opportunity to mentor new employees and pass along valuable knowledge.

Topics: Workforce Training
3 min read

What is Tribal Knowledge?

By Corey Brown

Many industrial businesses have heard of the dangers of relying on tribal knowledge. But what exactly does tribal knowledge mean? How does tribal knowledge impact my organization? How do I capture tribal knowledge?

Topics: Workforce Training
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Breaking Down the Skills Gap: Tribal Knowledge

By Lucas Bishop

As the skills gap widens and more employees retire, decades of experience and company investment is predicted to walk out the door. With nearly ten thousand people turning retirement age daily, manufacturers will need to look towards proactive solutions to capture tribal knowledge and transfer it to the incoming workforce.

Topics: Workforce Training
4 min read

Breaking Down the Skills Gap: Training

By Corey Brown

Manufacturing Institute estimated that 2.4 million job openings in manufacturing—accounting for half of all open positions—will go unfilled between 2018 and 2028 as a direct consequence of the skills gap. 

Topics: Workforce Training
3 min read

Breaking Down the Skills Gap: Recruiting & Retirement

By Leslie Bloom

For those in the manufacturing and industrial sector, what’s commonly known as the skills gap is a well-documented issue. As a growing number of Americans retire, they take their decades of experience with them, resulting in a noticeable skills shortage.

Topics: Workforce Training
2 min read

Tribal Knowledge and the Millennial Generation

By Brian Sallee

Recently, I had a chance to visit one of our larger manufacturing clients. Of the many insights gained on that trip, one stood above the rest — tribal knowledge used to actually work

Topics: Customer Stories Workforce Training
3 min read

Manage Workforce Training with Dozuki Courses

By Eric Doster

At Dozuki, we’ve made it our mission to make Standard Work an industry standard.  We envision documented standards and worker knowledge continuously improving alongside one another—finally removing them from their respective silos. 

Topics: Continuous Improvement Product Workforce Training
3 min read

How On-the-Job Training is Hurting Manufacturing

By Corey Brown

While on-the-job training is practical for certain applications, manufacturers rely on it too heavily as a method for on-boarding and training employees.

Topics: Workforce Training
4 min read

How to Reduce Tribal Knowledge and Downtime with Dozuki Answers

By Brian Sallee

The conveyor belt on line one stopped running and production came to a halt. It was the second time in a week that this happened. The maintenance team and engineers spend the next 48 hours trying to determine what caused the issue. As it turns out, the downtime was due to a frayed wire that caused the conveyor to lose power.

Topics: Product Workforce Training
4 min read

What Chipotle Taught Us About Training Standards

By Corey Brown

What Chipotle Taught Us About Training Standards

Chipotle, the Mexican food chain, has been in the spotlight recently for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, not all coverage has been “good press.” A string of food safety scares has caused customers to lose trust and stock prices to fall. The missing ingredient?

Topics: Workforce Training
2 min read

7 Stats in Celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018

By Corey Brown

In the past, we put together a dream team of manufacturing icons and their contributions. In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018, we’d like to share key statistics to highlight contributions manufacturing has made over history, and upcoming industry challenges.

Topics: Industry News Workforce Training
3 min read

The Manufacturing Skills Gap is an Opportunity

By Corey Brown

There is a pending manufacturing skills gap impacting the United States workforce. Millions of positions are expected to go unfilled in the coming years, with reports estimating over 2 million positions will need to be filled by 2025.

Topics: Digital Transformation Industry News Workforce Training
3 min read

What to Look for in QMS Software

By Corey Brown

Traditional quality management system (QMS) software does exactly what it’s supposed to do. Like file cabinets for the digital world, they organize and control your company standards.

Topics: Quality Digital Transformation Workforce Training
2 min read

Implementing Continuous Improvement with Dozuki

By Corey Brown

Is your company interested in reaping the benefits of continuous improvement (transparency, efficiency, cost reductions, etc.) but aren't sure where to begin? Dozuki has you covered.

Topics: Continuous Improvement Standard Work Digital Transformation Workforce Training
4 min read

Got Standards? The Million Dollar Grammar Mistake

By Corey Brown

Maine based Oakhurst Dairy was recently sued by a handful of truck drivers seeking more than four years worth of overtime pay—but the suit wasn’t about milk distribution at all. Rather, the legal battle revolved around the use (or lack thereof) of a single comma. But grammar wasn’t the problem—standards were.

Topics: Standard Work Industry News Technical Writing Workforce Training
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Deadly Instructions: Using Visuals to Train Safely

By Corey Brown

In 2016 OSHA reported 2.8 million workplace injuries, with 440,000 of them occurring in the manufacturing industry alone. For manufacturers, that means for every 100 workers, 3-4 are guaranteed injuries. Not necessarily a stat you should share on orientation days.

Topics: Technical Writing Workforce Training Work Instructions
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5 Technical Writing Mistakes to Avoid

By Corey Brown

Here at Dozuki, we see a lot of technical documents. In all of this written work, we inevitably come across some mistakes. But hey, pobody’s nerfect. That said, when you see as many technical documents as we do, you start to notice trends. Trends in technical documents can be dangerous because they create systemic inefficiencies in your procedures and impact the overall quality of work.

To help you avoid these issues in your organization, we’ve compiled five common tech writing mistakes to avoid, based on our experiences helping companies create instructions.

Topics: Technical Writing Workforce Training Work Instructions
3 min read

Millennials, Vinyls, and Documentation

By Corey Brown

Vinyl is in the midst of a comeback. Perhaps it’s due to the unpredictable whims of Millennial trends. Or, perhaps it’s the byproduct of a digital backlash from consumers who want to own their music, rather than paying for a Spotify subscription. Either way, record sales are increasing, and manufacturers are struggling to step up to the challenge.

Topics: Standard Work Workforce Training
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18 Books for Better Employee Training

By Leslie Bloom

Books are a great way to learn new techniques to train and connect with your employees.

Topics: Workforce Training
3 min read

Patagonia's Journey to Train Their Customers

By Corey Brown

For years, Patagonia has set a high standard for product lifespan with their Ironclad Guarantee and unparalleled customer service. They’ve been providing free repair services for garments that have been ripped, torn, or otherwise damaged since 1973.

Topics: Customer Stories Workforce Training