About Howie Fenton

Howie Fenton is an independent consultant and trusted advisor to in-plant printers. He recommends equipment, best practices and workflow automation tools to streamline operations. To learn more about measuring performance, benchmarking to leaders, and improving your value e-mail Howie@howiefentonconsulting.com.

Technology’s Increasing Importance for Engaging Staff

A recent Harvard Business Review survey concluded overwhelmingly that technology has a greater impact on employee engagement than it did three years ago and will continue to be a major factor. Utilize the latest technologies in your print shop and ensure your staff has an active role in using, remaining current and fully employing these technologies as part of an overall employee engagement strategy to foster engagement and attract and retain staff.

Software Dashboards and New Trends in Data Collection

The idea of business dashboards is not new. What is new is that dashboards have become a mainstream management tool and now upper management may request access to dashboards. Business dashboards typically provide a graphical display of critical information such as day to day data, key performance indicators (KPIs) or benchmarks. One of the main problems, however, is the lack of availability of dashboards. One of the few companies that offers a dashboard is RSA.

By | 2020-07-20T12:54:40+00:00 July 17th, 2020|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to Estimate Staffing Needs as Workload Changes

Howie Fenton shares a method to estimate staffing needs as your revenue changes using your current sales per employee ratio (SPE) and anticipated revenue changes. Adding automation and shifting and cross training staff can address workflow gaps and bottlenecks that result from staff imbalances.

Video: Two Things In-plants Need for Survival

Howie Fenton interviews RSA about the two-pronged approach in-plants need to survive. Reducing print production costs and building more value-added products and services to offset the decline of traditional products are the two things in-plant print centers need to do to remain competitive and use the balanced scorecard approach.

By | 2019-11-18T13:30:27+00:00 November 18th, 2019|Categories: In-Plant, RSA|Tags: , , , |0 Comments