Archive for December, 2012

Reverse Mentoring

Posted in Manufacturing on December 17, 2012 by dmschmieder

I had the most eye opening experience this year working with the younger people in my organization. I read an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch called ” Young People teach supervisors a thing or two.” Reverse mentoring has been the most significant tool I have used in quite some time. I didn’t use the exercise to hear complaints, instead I was able to hear; what is really important to the younger workers? They told me about their passions, needs and future expectations at work and away. When you hear directly from the group putting parts into boxes, it helps you change directions quickly. With an aging workforce retiring and the younger generation ready to jump on the line, it is important to understand what will keep them productive, enthusiastic and wanting to contribute. It’s even more important just listening to them and letting them know you care.

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Starting Over

Posted in Manufacturing on December 15, 2012 by dmschmieder

I haven’t kept this blog running since 2011. I moved everything to a GoDaddy hosted website. I sent out invitations to contributors and the top followers. If you didn’t get an invite, stay tuned in here. I will be starting this blog back up in January 2013.