Archive for October, 2012

The regulations and standards set for our commercial products in the U.S. is something that I think has advanced our quality of life greatly. In this chapter I learned about quality management and how manufacturing companies use continuous quality improvement to minimize defective products. This is something that would be unheard of a century ago since businesses were less worried about quality and more focused on driving up profits. In my history class, we discussed the progressive era and the uprising of organizations to oversee the quality of how goods were produced. One example is the USDA.

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These days we see the USDA seal on practically every produce item we buy in our super markets, but before the USDA came about, it was sickening the way our food was handled and processed. The Jungle was a book written by Upton Sinclair that ultimately brought about improvements in the manufacturing business. It wasn’t long after the publishing of this book, that working conditions started to change drastically. From child labor laws to more regulations, the manufacturing industry saw much needed improvements during this time. I think it’s important to our nation that we do make improvements like this because it really does make a huge difference on our standard of living and sets us apart from the rest of the world in that regard.

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As we continue to grow in the field of industry I think improvements in TQM and Operations Management can help solve a lot of problems we still face with products. We still continue to have recalls on certain goods and a lot of times those are things that can be stopped. The MAIN reason for all of these recalls always is because of some sort of hazard or injury. With TQM, we can save a number of lives and prevent accidents from ever happening and I think this is highly important!

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We now live in an age were technology has made goods and services more readily available than ever. With these mega factories and mass production lines, new regulations should be brought forth to ensure companies aren’t skipping any vital safety inspections. The way these companies are regulated are important to our daily lives, our nation’s economy, and above all our environment. With most factories now being loaded with program software and computers and robots doing most of the work, we have a huge opportunity to improve quality of goods while keeping cost low. There’s several things we have corrected in our industrial world in the last 100 years and I think it’s safe to say that we can certainly be happy we don’t face the same terrible issues experienced in the 20th century.

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Teamwork Equals Success

Posted: October 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s interesting to see UA’s organization chart and how each job is connected to one another. It’s certainly a lot more complicated and taller than I would have guessed it would be.

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Compared to this chart of a general business, it’s easy to see how many different fields a University has to cover with extra job positions. This is an interesting concept that I’m learning about for the first time and I can definitely see how it can help organize a company.

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Teamwork is an important part of business that can absolutely make or break a company’s chances of success. Just like in sports, when a group can work together as a team, their chances of winning multiply greatly. By placing employees into a group and encouraging them to be more collectivistic, companies raise creative competition in offices. With this type of environment, the best ideas usually rise to the top and work can get done much faster when things work correctly. Pixar is a great example of how this method can prove success. I believe more businesses should take this approach and promote teamwork rather than the depressing office spaces we have now.

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Obviously Pixar’s work environment promotes great relationships with others in the workplace just by how the office is set up. This type of setting leads to easy communication with one another, which this chapter also teaches us, is another very important part of business. As long as creative minds are in an open environment where they are comfortable to freely share ideas and how they feel about certain projects, Pixar (and other companies like them) will continue to have success.

The Perfect Manager

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

It’s crazy how there can be such a diversity in the type of personalities of the people we work with at our jobs, and yet almost every time we have what we consider a “cool boss”, they usually always have the same characteristics. While leadership is something I believe people are either born with or they aren’t, managing seems to be something almost anyone can learn. Really what it all comes down to, is gaining respect from your employees in some sort of fashion (which is why we do see different managing styles) and getting a job done successfully. I’ve worked a couple restaurant jobs since being out of high school these last couple of years, and it’s given me a great opportunity to see how businesses work on several different scales. From starting out at a mom and pop bar-b-q place, to a big corporate chain, to where I am now, a well respected local family owned restaurant started from the ground up, Cypress Inn. I’ve loved it so far, and it’s given me a chance to see the behind the scenes working of a successful business that isn’t over run with corporate scum. These jobs have all been lined with several different types of managers and managing styles, and at the end of the day the best ones always seem to have the same qualities, which is why I believe managing can be learned by anyone. The best managers I’ve worked for have always thought about the team or company collectively as a whole and never makes brash decisions without consulting everyone first. Respect plays a huge part in business and managers should be doing whatever it is they need to to gain that respect from the people that they are trying to lead. In almost every environment I’ve worked, the managers that gained the most respect were the ones that worked the hardest to earn it. And for these managers, the employees are almost always willing to work as hard as their bosses are as a mutual sign of trust. Hard work, integrity, discipline, loyalty, and knowledge of what it is they’re doing have all been characteristics of the good bosses I’ve had, and the bad ones almost always lack at least one of those traits.Image