When the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was approved in 1994, manufacturers began flocking to Mexico to take advantage of reduced production overhead and better profit margins.
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Employee performance objectives are sometimes based on output, but that can be the wrong reward system. It encourages quantity over quality and fosters a mindset of letting the little defects slide. That, in turn, can result in increasing customer rejections rates, which can hurt your company's reputation and send customers elsewhere.
Recalling defective products can be expensive and it may be tempting for manufacturers to ignore flaws. But that can be more costly in the long run, both in financial and human terms.
Wage and hour laws are some of the most frequently violated in the manufacturing and distribution industry. They can be hard to understand and there's a large discretionary component in their enforcement.
One of the basic costs of doing business is insuring your workers against injury on the job. Escalating medical bills and other factors have caused Workers' Compensation insurance to increase dramatically. Explore options for reducing the cost of coverage with your insurance agents.
It's no secret that manufacturing can involve one of the loudest on-the-job environments. Over time, many workers suffer from hearing loss -- and once the damage is done, they are at risk for other work-related injuries.
For many manufactuarers and distributors, employee overtime has become a complicated issue for two reasons: