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The Secrets to Innovation (Part 1)
Publish on: 26 Feb 2018
Undoubtedly the capability to innovate and to bring innovation successfully to the market is a crucial determinant of competitiveness today.
Good Housekeeping: The mantra for a more productive workplace
Publish on: 20 Nov 2017
Why we cannot afford to relegate Innovation to the backseat
Publish on: 07 Nov 2017
From employees to brand ambassadors
Publish on: 03 Aug 2017
10 QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING A GEMBA WALK
Publish on: 09 Jan 2017
Do you take time to go and see how your operations take place on a regular basis? If yes, do you question your employees in a constructive way? If not, you should think about it!
If you want to have a successful enterprise, you have to begin by managing your performance on a daily basis. Gemba Walk is one of the LEAN tools which allows the administrator to manage effectively the everyday work??
5 Ways to Increase Employee Involvement in Continuous Improvement Programme
Publish on: 28 Sep 2016
Continuous Improvement programmes in any enterprise cannot be a success without the involvement of each employee. Employees are considered to be assets in any organisation and their participation is vital. Employees can be hesitant to change because of the uncertainty on how the change might affect them. The process could take some time and a lot of effort may be needed to get employees to support the initiative. How do you get employees to become more engaged and involved in continuous improvement programmes?
Simple Tips to Green your Office
Publish on: 12 Aug 2016
A greener workplace can mean a more productive workplace, a cleaner and safer workplace, lighter ecological footprint, and good news for the bottom line. Some practical steps can lay the groundwork for a healthy, low-impact workspace.
Boosting Productivity in Enterprises
Publish on: 20 Jun 2016
Boosting Enterprise Productivity
Increasing productivity, or doing more with the same amount of time and resources, is something all companies should be aspiring to. Businesses often get inundated with tasks because they try to balance delivering work along with their efforts to win more clients, which means that productivity needs to be as high as possible. But sometimes employees can find themselves feeling unmotivated, and as a result, unproductive. Being productive is a tricky concept; it is something that ultimately has to come from within a person. But do not despair; the good news is that managers do indeed have a part to play in enhancing employee productivity. Here are five ideas for motivating employees into working smarter.
Encouraging youngsters to become ‘farmers’
Publish on: 02 Mar 2016
Potatoes and onions amongst other foods are imported to Mauritius. Taking into consideration the economy and competitiveness of the country, self-sufficiency in some food items should be attained to make the country more competitive and more food secure. Since there is a conditioned mind-set of obtaining a ‘white collar’ graduate-job in Mauritius, there is a decreasing number of farmers in the country.
Think Lean, Act Lean
Publish on: 19 Nov 2015
“Lean” is a set of principles and techniques that drive organizations to continually add value to the product they deliver by enhancing process steps that are necessary, relevant, and valuable while eliminating those that fail to add value. Lean has been closely associated to the manufacturing for decades but since lean can be applied in every business and in every process it is also effective for the service sector.
Productivity in the Banking sector and credit to SMEs
Publish on: 30 Oct 2015
SMEs have strongly contributed to the economic development of Mauritius, yet many face financing problems, by comparison with large enterprises, in obtaining credit from banks as they often have relatively weak financial backing and may lack collateral. To meet these problems, the Government has developed a number of schemes and facilities in terms of finance, skill enhancement and provision of logistics to promote the SME sector in Mauritius. The problems of both access to and cost of finance has been addressed through collaboration between banks and the Government in the implementation of the SME Financing Scheme in December 2011, in line with a policy set out in the November 2011 Budget. This measure was specifically aimed at addressing the high cost of credit faced by the SME sector that was jeopardising its growth, profitability and competitiveness.
Green Productivity to help improve the bottom line of companies
Publish on: 19 Oct 2015
Increased environment pressure and awareness now require industries to meet tighter environmental standards and in many cases such requirements cannot be met by end of pipe treatment of wastes. Nowadays there is a paradigm shift from pollution control (End of Pipe thinking) to pollution prevention strategies. One such attempt at pollution prevention rather than pollution control is the Green Productivity programme which takes into consideration the whole value stream during production, identifies the different stages and circumstances through which waste is generated and appropriate solutions are subsequently applied to stop generating waste at source in an attempt to reduce or eliminate air, water, and land pollution in an efficient and sustainable manner.
Marketing and Marketing Analytics
Publish on: 13 Oct 2015
Marketing is a crucial part of operations for many enterprises. It helps your company stand out from competitors and it can support long term business growth. However, many businesses fail to evaluate the success of their marketing efforts. To get the most out of your marketing investment, you must implement tactics designed to measure the success of each campaign.
Importance of having standards to improve quality in an SME
Publish on: 05 Oct 2015
Many companies implement quality standards to ensure that their operations are as efficient as possible. In Mauritius we find that in most cases it is mainly large companies which are internationally certified (ISO) and ensure a competitive advantage on the market. The question to be asked is how to encourage middle and small companies to implement standards so that they can be more efficient and achieve the same world-class quality management as larger companies (be internationally recognized).
Publish on: 14 Sep 2015
Ever since the term knowledge management became popular in the mid 1990s, there have been many definitions of knowledge management. From an IT perspective, knowledge management has been perceived as the application of information technology to increase the efficiency of organizations focusing on the appropriate structuring and flow of information to decision makers and the computerization of major business applications leading to a technology revolution dominated by the perceived efficiencies of process reengineering.
Publish on: 26 Aug 2015
Brainstorming is an effective way to discover incredible new ideas and take your life and your business in incredible new directions. It is a very powerful tool designed to generate a large number of creative ideas in a very short period of time. This technique encourages participation, the generation of free flowing ideas, and opens people’s thinking and perspective on issue of interest.
In nearly any situation and with nearly any issue, brainstorming can perform miracles as long as the situation or issue is clear and specific. If you have multiple problems that need solving, multiple goals to achieve, then consider holding separate brainstorming sessions for each of them.
CSR and Social Innovation
Publish on: 18 Aug 2015
Poverty, economic decline, global climate change and ageing population are challenges faced by our country. These social problems need “social innovations” as countermeasures. Social innovation is a way of thinking that draws upon the expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment of many sectors working together – nonprofit, private, government – with innovative ways of doing business.
Productivity in Agriculture
Publish on: 11 Aug 2015
According to the guidelines of FAO Good Agricultural Practices, there are eleven categories of farm resource concerns and activities that must be well managed.