Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Tuesday
Jun232015

How To Manage A Widespread Workforce

Many business owners dream of expanding their companies to a second, third, fifth or 100th location, even. They see opening additional locations as a measure of their company’s success, as a sign of their business prowess and expertise, and it is. However, opening an additional location or expanding a company into another city, state or region comes with a host of challenges, particularly when it comes to developing a human resources strategy to manage all those employees.

Technology has certainly made it easier to communicate with people across the globe, but managing a widespread workforce, even across multiple locations within the same city or state, presents challenges that technology alone can’t solve.

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Tuesday
Jun232015

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Issues 2015 Edition of National Standards

The Nation’s Gold Standard for Defining Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Skills

MSSC recently released its national skill standards for front-line work in advanced manufacturing and logistics. According to MSSC CEO Leo Reddy, “This new edition continues MSSC’s national leadership role for the past fourteen years in defining and updating these skills. They are the gold standard: the nation’s authoritative reference and common language for companies and schools to use in defining industry skill needs.”

In 2001, the federal National Skill Standards Board officially endorsed the first-ever set of skill standards developed and nationally validated by the industry-led, non-profit MSSC for front-line production work in high-performance, advanced manufacturing. These original standards involved hundreds of companies, over 4,000 workers, and unions at an investment of $9 million in federal and matching industry funds.

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Wednesday
Jun172015

Webinar: Our Most Important Top 5 Lists — Illinois workers’ compensation advice from Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC

June 24, 2015 — 10:00-11:00 AM CST — FREE Webinar

Our Top 5 Lists are one of the most popular parts of our monthly workers’ compensation newsletters. Join Rich Lenkov and Maital Savin for a webinar covering some recent top 5 lists, including:

• Top 5 Ways To Close A Difficult Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim

• Top 5 Things That Need To Change About Illinois Workers’ Compensation

• Top 5 Ways To Use An Employee’s Actions To Defend Their Workers’ Compensation Claim

• Top 5 Things That Petitioner’s Attorneys Tell You That You Should Question

• Top 5 Ways To Ensure A Winning IME

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Wednesday
Jun172015

Ship with UPS — discounts for IMA members

Through the UPS® Savings Program, you can save up to 36 percent* when you ship with UPS, plus 50 percent* off select services for up to four weeks after you enroll!* And, whether you’re shipping air or ground, you’ll get same day pickup with one driver for all of your shipments.

Save on a broad portfolio of shipping services, including:

Up to 36 percent* on UPS Air letters including UPS Next Day Air®

Up to 32 percent* on UPS Air packages (1 lb.+)

Up to 34 percent* on UPS International imports and exports

Up to 24 percent* on UPS® Ground shipments

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Thursday
Jun112015

IMA Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Award for Illinois Valley Community College

IVCC awarded $25,000 for high performance; active engagement in manufacturing skills training

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) Education Foundation awarded Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) $25,000 in scholarship funds for meeting a series of set standards and performing at a high level of active engagement to foster greater educational opportunities within the field of manufacturing. IVCC is the first of six institutions across the state that will receive a scholarship from the IMA Education Foundation this summer.

Several years ago, IVCC began construction of a new campus facility with a goal to fill the space with the latest technology and equipment so that students could be well positioned to move into high-paying manufacturing jobs available in the IVCC district and across the nation. In 2013, IVCC opened the Peter Miller Community Technology Center, a new 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, currently housing career and technical programs for the manufacturing industry.

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