A New Chapter for Pentaflex, Inc.

The entire Pentaflex team is excited to announce that as of October 1, 2020, Ross McGregor will be succeeding David Arndt as President.

Leaving a Legacy

Mr. Arndt has served Pentaflex well since 2012, and will be moving onto a new chapter in his retirement. With over fifty-two years in the metal forming industry, we are thankful for his guidance and leadership over the past eight years. During his career, Mr. Arndt served as the Chairman of the Precision Metal forming Association (PMA) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Heavy Duty Manufactures Association (HDMA). 

“Having announced my retirement, I am happy to support the management change installing Ross McGregor, son of the Pentaflex founder, to the President position.”  Mr. Arndt said, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve Pentaflex, our shareholders, and customers for the past 8 years.”

A New Chapter

Over the past thirty three years, Ross McGregor has worked in a variety of management positions at Pentaflex including purchasing, sales and production management. His most recent position at Pentaflex was as Vice President of Operations.  

He also serves as a member of the Company’ Board of Directors. In addition to his duties at Pentaflex, McGregor is active in numerous state and local organizations, charities and initiatives.

Mr. McGregor was also a State legislator in the Ohio House of Representatives for five terms before being term limited. 

Mr. McGregor stated, “I am excited to be named the next President of Pentaflex, Inc. and want to thank the Board for the confidence they have placed in me to lead the company.”

Additionally McGregor states, “The entire Pentaflex family would like to thank Dave for his capable leadership of the company over these past eight years.  Dave has represented Pentaflex exceptionally well with our customers, suppliers and our Industry.”

Vision for the Future

We sat down with Mr. McGregor and asked a few questions about his plans for Pentaflex as we move into a new era.

Q: What are you most excited about for Pentaflex’s future in 2021 and beyond?

As we adjust to the “new normal” as dictated by the pandemic, I am looking forward to leading our dynamic team of people as we continue to provide exceptional service to our long standing customers and pursue exciting new opportunities for our company. While the heavy truck market continues to be our primary industry, we are excited to branch out into emerging markets such as electric vehicles and solar power generation as new industries to serve.

Q: What do you believe are the most important qualities in a leader in the modern world?

I believe the qualities of good leadership are timeless. In my mind an effective leader needs to be present in time and place, while also being aware of their surrounding and future environments.  An effective leader should have a complete stock of their personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of their team, and utilize those strengths accordingly.  An effective leader needs to listen more than talk, but be decisive when called upon.

Q: How do you see manufacturing in the US shifting in the current economic climate?

I believe that automation will continue to play a greater role in manufacturing as the challenge to find dedicated employees continues.  Continuing education and training throughout the organization will be essential to compete in the modern industrial world.

As always, Pentaflex will continue to be a reliable partner for our customers, or employees, and our community. If you would like to contact Pentaflex about your next project, please call us at 937-325-5551.

How to Lead Well in a Time of Uncertainty

It is probably safe to say that the last nine months have not been even remotely what we all expected for 2020. With an influx of information, conversations, and questions, it can seem near impossible to lead your team well through the turbulence that this year has been.

At Pentaflex, we understand that a strong company comes from the people within that company that move us forward each and every day to a better tomorrow. While we are far from perfect, our team practices as many recommended management styles to help lead our team through the normal days, and the unpredictable days as well. Here are three ways to manage your team well through a time of uncertainty.

Manage Your Own Stress Levels

There is an old parable about a man who notices that his friend has a splinter in his eye. He yells out to the friend, “Do you know you have a splinter in your eye?” and he tries to help him get it out. However, the man was so focused on the splinter in his friend’s eye that he failed to notice the stick in his own eye. This made it impossible for him to help his friend with the splinter until he first dealt with the stick in his own eye.

Managing in any season of life, but particularly during an extremely difficult period of time like 2020, can end up feeling a lot like the parable.

Leaders can be so focused on checking in on their team, making sure everyone is on task, and helping others, that they let their own personal and professional lives fall to the wayside.

On one end, this can be seen as an extremely admirable trait for a leader to possess: they are so focused on the team they are managing that they are willing to sacrifice their own needs.

But, this is not sustainable. We are all human, and eventually, even the most amazing leader must address the stick in their own eye, or they will not be able to help their team member with the splinter.

So, leaders: this is your wakeup call. Take five minutes and check your own eye for a stick. Ask yourself these questions, and then act on the answers:

  • Is there turbulence at home because you have been focusing too much on your job and have neglected a healthy work-life balance?
    • What is one thing you can do to start to even out the scales again?
  • Are you delegating to your team, or are you hoarding tasks that they are more than capable to accomplish?
    • What is one item on your list that you can give to a team member today?
  • Have you had any water today?
    • This last one might seem so simple, but can have a huge impact. You have to take the time to give yourself a break. Drinking plenty of water, eating lunch, and looking away from your screen for just five minutes each hour are very little ways that you can impact your overall health for the better.

Increase Communication Opportunities

Communication for a lot of teams in 2020 has shifted dramatically. You might find yourself emailing, video chatting, texting, or talking on the phone more than you ever thought possible. You might also find yourself extremely worn out from the daily asks from your team: “When will we be going back to the office?” “Are we bringing any team members back soon?” and “What will next year look like?” are all questions that almost every company has been asking in the last few months.

While it is not possible (or recommended) to bring every single team member into each conversation about the future plans for the company, creating a regularly scheduled update for team members is a great way to create a consistent opportunity for communication.

Try implementing a weekly email, text, or 15 minute huddle with your team each week updating them on the state of the company. Even if there is nothing to report, it is better for them to hear from you regularly than to be left hanging. This regularly scheduled time will also hopefully decrease the chances of you being blindsided in the hallway or over the phone with one of those big questions that you don’t know how to answer on the spot.

Before the meeting, give team members an opportunity to send in any questions or thoughts they might have beforehand so that you can read them over and be prepared to speak directly to your team’s concerns.

If you’re worried about forgetting to send out that email every Friday, try writing the email on Wednesday or Thursday, and then just schedule in advance to go out to the team on Friday morning.

By giving the opportunity for conversation, you will build up trust with your team, increase communication, and create more opportunities for problem solving and innovation.

Balance Pessimism and Optimism

This last recommendation will look different for each leader and their respective personalities. If you’ve been in the game awhile, you have probably experienced each of these types of managers:

  • The manager that only focuses on the positive opportunities and likes to keep things airy and cheerful OR
  • The manager that only focuses on the negative consequences and likes to always point out flaws or issues in the system.

During any time, but particularly in a time of uncertainty, it is paramount that you learn to balance your pessimistic and optimistic thinking patterns. As a manager, it is your responsibility to be as realistic with expectations and relaying information as possible.

Human beings have the amazing ability to recognize a fraud from a mile away. So, if you try to spin information to be unrealistically optimistic, your team will know you are hiding something. On the other hand, if you only focus on the negative aspects of news, over time, your team will start to ignore the information, since they know they will only walk away from the conversation feeling defeated.

If you know you have the tendency to spin information either too positive or negative, try asking a fellow coworker to help you think through an announcement or team update before you share it with the team. Try to find a coworker who thinks opposite of you, so that you can help to balance each other out. For example, if you tend to lean to the glass half empty, try to find someone who regularly thinks the glass is half full.

At the end of the day, your goal should be to share information as straightforward as possible with your team. You can still be encouraging and uplifting, but be sure that it does not cloud the facts that you are trying to convey to your team.

While we are all experiencing an unprecedented time in 2020, we will get through this together if we learn to manage our stress, keep up communication, and keep a level head with ourselves and our team.

If you would like to speak more in-depth about the management styles practiced at Pentaflex that set our team up for success, contact us today.

Four Resources for Agriculture in 2020 and Beyond

Four Resources for Agriculture in 2020 and Beyond

It is no secret that the events of 2020 have drastically impacted every single industry – and agriculture is no exception. As companies and individuals have moved past the initial shock of changes, moving forward, it is important to still take advantage of various opportunities to connect with others in your industry and beyond. 

And since more than half of the agriculture operations in the U.S. are represented by small to medium-sized farms, it is essential that the agricultural community band together to learn, grow, and make it through these tough times.

Below, we have compiled four key resources for agricultural professionals to strengthen their Professional Relationships, Technology Education, Creativity, and Supply Chain.

Virtual Farm Science Review – Strengthening Your Professional Relationships

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https://fsr.osu.edu/

For almost 60 years, the annual Farm Science Review has brought together nearly 100,000 individuals from every facet of the agriculture industry. While this will be the first time in the event’s history that it will be held online, we are confident that the presentations and conversations will still be fruitful for the attendees. 

This free virtual event will take place from September 22 – 24 and will highlight industry expert interviews, COVID-19 safety protocol presentations, budding technology presentations, and more. 

The review is still being planned at this point, but attendees can check back to their website often to see the building lineup of educational opportunities.

You can learn more about virtually attending the review here.

Follow them on Facebook here.

 

Agriculture Technology Podcast – Strengthening Your Technology Education

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https://www.rdoequipment.com/more/resources/podcasts

The Agriculture Technology Podcast is hosted by Tony Kramer with RDO Equipment. On this podcast, Tony regularly discusses technological advancements in the agriculture industry along with interviewing key thought leaders throughout different segments of the industry as well. Some topics of the podcast include advances in combine technology, various terrain advantages, irrigation, and more.

You can listen to the podcast on PodBean here.

You can watch and listen to the podcasts on YouTube here.

 

Millennial Farmer – Strengthening Your Creativity 

https://www.youtube.com/c/MNMillennialFarmer/featured

Zach Johnson is a 5th generation farmer from Minnesota. On his channel, he focuses on agriculture education for current farmers and the next generation, sharing what he has learned over the years, and exploring other farmers’ operations. This channel is a great resource for students that are interested in seeing more about the day-to-day operations of a small to mid-sized farmer in the U.S., or for other farmers who are interested in broadening their education and learning from their peers.

You can visit the Millennial Farmer’s website here.

You can visit the Millennial Farmer’s YouTube channel here.

 

Pentaflex, Inc. – Strengthening Your Supply Chain

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One of the most impactful results of the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing to light the fragility of many U.S. supply chains. Whether your organization was sourcing from other countries or from only one organization that unfortunately had to temporarily or permanently close their doors, many buyers are scrambling to find reliable and resourceful manufacturers to get them through these times. 

At Pentaflex, we have the flexibility, knowledge, and problem solving abilities to take on a wide range of metal component fabrication for the agricultural industry’s equipment needs. With our design for manufacturing and prototyping services, you can put your confidence in the Pentaflex team to work through any problem and find the best solution for your metal stamping components. 

If you are looking for reliability, contact us today to start the conversation.

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Affiliations Strengthen a Company

The organizations a company chooses to affiliate with says a lot about the leadership, vision, and direction of the organization. At Pentaflex, we have strategically grown our partnerships with various organizations across the country to connect with other manufacturers, stay up to date on the latest in our industry, and create the most opportunities for our team members to provide the highest level of service to our customers. 

Through the past few unpredictable months, the associations listed below have been invaluable to Pentaflex and other member companies in navigating our work environments and how we move forward in these unprecedented times. It is times like these that truly show the measure of an organization, and each of these have proven themselves to be solid and sustainable resources for Pentaflex and other member companies.

Learn more about our affiliations below:

 

Precision Metalforming Association

Website: https://www.pma.org/home/

Mission: Our mission is to shape the environment of the metalforming industry, leading innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability.

About the Organization: PMA was founded in 1913 when a handful of metal stamping companies saw the need to combine their efforts and work together for the betterment of the industry as a whole. Today, members of the PMA help one another by offering education, networking, and other opportunities for companies to plan and save accordingly.

 

By visiting their website, you can see the many different educational opportunities that PMA offers to their members and non-members. They are also a thought leader in advocating for manufacturers at the state and federal level.

 

National Association of Manufacturers

Website: https://www.nam.org/

Mission: Our work is centered around four values that make our industry strong and America exceptional: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.

About the Organization: NAM was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1895 to support the men and women of America working in manufacturing. Since that time, NAM has continued their efforts in combining forces with companies across the states to create efficient and stable opportunities and policies. According to their website, “Today, the NAM is still innovating and disrupting an ever-changing national landscape in order to build our industry, create progress and advance the values that make our nation exceptional: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.”

 

The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association

Website: https://www.ohiomfg.com/

Mission: To protect and grow Ohio manufacturing.

About the Organization: The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association exists to help connect manufacturers in our state, share opportunities, and protect our manufacturing jobs and resources. Through receiving their funding directly from the companies that are a part of the organization, the organization ensures that our voices are heard. They are also a fantastic resource for Ohio manufacturers to stay up to date on all the latest procedures and policies.

 

Dayton Regional Manufacturers Association

Website: https://www.daytonrma.org/

Mission: Dayton Regional Manufacturers Association (DRMA) is the voice of manufacturing in the Greater Dayton Region.  We promote business success through peer-to-peer connectivity, career awareness, advocacy, education, economic development, and sharing best practices.

About the Organization: DRMA comprises nearly 200 manufacturers and 150 suppliers in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding areas. Through connecting these manufacturers, we are able to join conversations about innovation, policies, and procedures that take Ohio manufacturing to the next level for our customers. By bringing together a diverse group of industries and company sizes, we are able to brainstorm and collaborate for the betterment of our companies and our communities.

 

Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Website: https://www.greaterspringfield.com/

Mission: The mission of The Chamber of Greater Springfield is to advance important economic and workforce development opportunities, to promote ideas that will make our region more progressive, and to help our members grow by connecting them with each other and the broader community.

About the Organization: The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce does an excellent job connecting and collaborating with the companies, organizations, and communities that make up our city. Through various events, initiatives, and dedication to see our city grow and thrive, our chamber will do whatever it takes to create a strong and innovative future for Springfield. 

 

Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association

Website: https://www.hdma.org/

Mission: Heavy Duty Manufacturing Association (HDMA)’s mission is to advance the commercial vehicle supplier industry and the business interests of our members.

About the Organization: Through bringing a diverse range of suppliers and manufacturers together into the same room, HDMA is able to foster innovative conversations to move our industries forward into the future of manufacturing. According to their website, “HDMA serves its 220+ commercial vehicle component-supplier members through government and industry advocacy, timely news and information, market research and analysis, promotion of the North American manufacturer/supplier industry and facilitating industry networking through a range of events, peer councils and services.”

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The State of the Industry: Trucking in 2020 and 2021

While the North American heavy trucking industry was already due for a slight dip in 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the situation. In this post, we will cover what was expected for 2020, what we can anticipate moving forward, and what Pentaflex is doing about it.

The Industry Trends

Like every industry, trucking goes through economic cycles that last on average about 4 years per cycle with a typical recession lasting about 10 months.

What does this mean?

COVID-19 is not the first time this industry has experienced unprecedented turmoil. While this awful pandemic has seemed to impact health care, job security, and basic livelihood, the trucking industry experiences large setbacks like this regularly. What

Was Expected in 2020?

The trucking industry as a whole saw a huge boom in the numbers starting in 2017 and lasting through 2019, which statistically would mean we were already preparing for a drawback in 2020.

Experts were predicting a gradual dip from Q1 through Q3, and then the trend would slowly creep back up as we moved into 2021.

Even though 2020 was anticipated to be a soft year in the industry, it has only been exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What Can We Anticipate Now?

As 2020 began, we saw the expected downward trend in the industry. But, as COVID-19 took its full force effect moving into April, we saw a more than shocking dip in the market. However, as always with economic trends, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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According to the Coyote report for 2020-2023, we have already experienced the market floor at the beginning of May. While the industry will not recover overnight, we will still see the normal trends as expected, just nine to twelve months later than expected.

What Does This Mean?

While there is no need to panic, it is time to go into a defensive state, protecting cash flow and implementing leaner and more efficient processes and supply chains. As with any recession, you will most likely see some businesses either have to decrease their production abilities or shut their doors altogether.

This is also the time to diversify your suppliers. If you were on the fence about a certain process or agreement, now is the time to get your ducks in a row before the rest of 2020 and 2021 play out.

Basically, everyone in the chain needs to be very nimble to get through the already expected downturn and be able to react quickly to customer needs as their demand increases.

Keep in mind that these numbers are based on the assumption that the economy will not be hit with another COVID-19 wave this fall and our country and world would be put on pause again. However, that possibility only strengthens the need for double-checking your processes, checking in on your team, and clearly articulating your abilities to your customers and your needs to your suppliers.

What About Pentaflex?

We are still here. Through years of listening to our customers and our team, streamlining processes, and preparing for the future, we are still able to provide the highest quality in metal components. We will continue to keep an eye on the trends and will always communicate clearly with our customers, our employees, and our community. And we look forward to providing for the trucking industry at full force when we see the end of this recession in the near future.

Questions? Call Pentaflex directly at 937-325-5551 or contact us by filling out this form.

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May Update from Pentaflex Inc.

In times like this, it is extremely important to keep up as much of a fluid conversation with our team members, customers, and community members as possible.

To our employees, we would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and trust in the leadership team as we move forward with the best solutions to keep you safe and ensure Pentaflex will continue to be a company our customers can rely on for years to come. We know how impactful these temporary layoffs can be to you and your families, and we do not take these decisions lightly. Right now, for the safety of all of you, and survival of the company, we are taking steps each day to get us closer to the time that we will be able to welcome our full team back to work.

To our customers, thank you for continuing to put your trust in Pentaflex to manufacture and deliver the highest quality components. We want to reiterate that if you find yourself struggling to acquire the product you need at this time, that we are operational and available to quickly turn around small batches of components as needed.

To our community and local government, thank you for coming together at this time to support one another in any way possible. It is through the support we give to one another that we will get through this to a new normal.

While our doors have been able to stay open throughout this process, we have implemented various procedures and protocols to practice safe social distancing. Some examples of this include a meeting at the beginning of a new shift that reviews all social distancing requirements, ways to stay safe, and reminders to wash your hands often and thoroughly. While most of our positions are already six feet apart or more from another team member, we have also created safe social distances in our break room by cutting down on the available number of tables and chairs while making sure they are a safe distance apart.

As our local and state government continue to share recommendations and resources for moving forward, we will listen and react accordingly.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a Pentaflex representative, please do not hesitate to contact us directly via phone or by filling out our contact us form.

A Statement from Pentaflex Inc. Regarding Covid-19

To our Team, Customers, and Community:

The Pentaflex Leadership team would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and collaboration as we do everything we can to safely and effectively keep our manufacturing floor operational during this time. Below, we will share what we are doing as a response, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly

What We Are Doing for Our Team

While we still have work to complete for our customers, we will be giving our employees the opportunity to come to our facility to work while maintaining the safety protocol put in place by our state government.

For any of our employees who have experienced a shift in their home life due to the situation (for example, child care), we have set up internal relief options for these employees to receive the support they need while having the ability to be present for their loved ones.

All of our employees know that we understand this is a situation that is changing rapidly, and if they have any questions or concerns, the leadership team is available to them to find solutions and answer their questions. 

We also have informed our employees about state and federal relief programs available to them depending on their needs.

What We Are Doing for Our Customers

As a manufacturer, we will continue to perform essential production for our customers for as long as we are safely allowed to do so.

We recognize that our customers’ needs are changing daily, and we are ready to react as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Our sales team is also available to converse with anyone who has currently experienced an upset in their supply chain. If your company cannot acquire the parts you need due to another manufacturer’s temporary closure, we have the resources and the experience to perform short runs for you in this time so that you can continue production.

Community Resources

For anyone in the Springfield or Clark County area in need of assistance, here are a few local organizations that can offer support and education during this time:

Next Steps

Please regularly check our social media channels along with our website for updates as this situation continues to develop. 

How to Plan for 2020

It’s that time of year that everyone dreads. On top of your normal work and the holidays, it is time to finalize your planning for the next year. If you and your team are like most other teams, you have a lot of great ideas for the upcoming year, but you are struggling to organize them or even what all you should cover in your planning sessions.

We have compiled three lists of relevant questions that you can utilize with your team to make sure that 2020 is your best year yet. The three areas we cover are Reviewing 2019, Reviewing Customer Care, and Reviewing Your Leads Process.

List #1: Review 2019

In Review 2019, you will have the opportunity to gather meaningful information from every single one of your teammates. We recommend sending this to each and every name on your payroll either in an email or a Google Form. A Google Form will make sure that the information is secure and organized. If you’re not sure how to get started with that, check out this guide. 

The information you learn from your team in Review 2019 will help you recognize the accomplishments of your team along with getting ahead of any red flags.

List #2: Review Customer Care

In Review Customer Care, you will be able to quantify how well your customer service is doing. Much like the first list, you will be able to pinpoint if there are any glaring communication issues while you will also be able to reward your team’s successes. 

Since our customers are one of our top priorities, we take listening to and solving your problems very seriously. By knowing your response times, you can ensure you, your team, and your customers value a timely response.

List #3: Review Leads Process

If you happen to partner with a marketing agency, it might be worth asking to schedule some consultation time on this one so that they can help you better understand your various channels. The most successful leads processes will be ones created in partnership with your marketing team and your sales team. 

This will help you realize which channels are the most effective, which ones could use some improvement, and which ones you should still have a presence in, but will not necessarily every be huge lead sources.

This list of questions will also help you realize if you are missing out on any channels or opportunities.

Happy Planning!

We have included the lists below for you to read through and utilize with your team. If you would like to hear about how Pentaflex is preparing for 2020, please contact us through our form or call us at 937-325-5551.

Review 2019

  • Send out a questionnaire to the entire team asking for feedback
    • What went well this year?
    • What could have gone better?
    • What is the number one area that you believe needs improvement in 2020? What are your ideas for that improvement?
    • What is one experience where you believe we ‘wowed’ our customers this year?
    • What is one skill you improved on in 2019 that you believe had a direct benefit on the company?
    • What is one skill you would like to improve in 2020 and why?

Review Customer Care

  • Find out on average how long it took your team to respond to a customer correspondence (either by phone or email)
  • Find out on average how long it took your team to resolve a customer issue (either by phone or email)
  • Are these averages that you believe can be improved?
    • Set goals for 2020

Review Leads Process

  • What channel was the most successful at garnering new leads this year?
    • Social media, website, referral, email campaign, cold calling, trade shows, etc.
    • How can you capitalize on this channel in 2020?
    • Are there any characteristics of the most successful channel that you can also try using in other less successful channels?
  • What channels did you not fully take advantage of this year?
    • What are two new channels that you will try to use in 2020?
  • How successful was your CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) system this year?
    • When was the last time you cleaned your contact list?
    • Are you using this list to send worthwhile information to your customers throughout the year about special promotions and when it is time to reorder?

How to Stay Motivated in November and December

Make the Most Out of ‘No Motivation November’ and ‘Distracted December’

During the holidays, it can be very easy for productivity to falter and burnout to set in, leaving you even more stressed and behind schedule on January 1. We at Pentaflex strive to always provide the most value to our customers so that they may, in turn, provide the most value to their customers.

Below, we have compiled some tips and tricks to compartmentalize, prioritize, and dominate in a healthy way during November and December:

Separate work and home as much as possible

During the holiday season, it can be easy for these two areas of our lives to bleed over a little more than usual – coordinating schedules, buying last-minute presents, checking email constantly to see if a client actually responded to your email, and more. 

A lot of this crossover happens because of our smartphones. To combat the tiny computer in our pockets, at work and at home, we recommend leaving it on silent or in the other room as much as possible. 

This can be a task that seems almost impossible at first, but we promise with little steps, you can achieve this goal. 

  1. Start with giving yourself half-hour increments of checking your smartphone.
  2.  Put the phone on silent and place it in a drawer or pocket while at your desk. 
  3. Set an alarm for the next time you can check it. 
  4. Every week, increase the time by ten minutes until you get to a full hour of not checking your phone. 

You will be amazed at the amount of work you complete when you are not constantly interrupted! 

Schedule out your week

Not just your work week, but your time at home as well. If you take the time on Friday afternoon or Sunday night to plan out the next seven days of your life, you’ll never feel like you are wasting time. 

But how detailed should you get? Here’s what we recommend: at work, schedule down to the 15-minute mark. At home, schedule down to the 30-minute mark. 

For example, at work, you may start your day with 45 minutes dedicated to checking in with your team and answering any questions they have for the day. Then, you transition to 15 minutes for email, 30 minutes to work on a progress report, 15 minutes to check up on a customer or two, etc.

At home, start with scheduling out full-family events such as dinner, practice, recitals, doctors appointments, etc. From there, actually schedule out the time to make your gift shopping list, baking that pie for the neighborhood party, and setting up decorations. 

The most important part of your schedule: BUFFER TIME. Try to allot 3-4 blocks of time throughout your day to account for running behind schedule or just giving yourself a break. 

Which leads to our final tip…

Take a Break

Now, we know we might be getting some eye-rolls at this point. Between holiday breaks, year-end reports, planning for 2020, and still managing day-to-day, how, when and why would you take a break?

Because humans are not designed to experience prolonged stress over a long period of time. It actually causes more problems in the long-run with your efficiency, motivation, and even your decision-making ability. 

The good news is that you don’t have to take a two-week vacation to some resort to restore your mental health. Instead, try one or a combination of these tricks to help you stay alert, focused, and determined:

  1. For every thirty minutes that you stare at a computer screen, take a two-minute break and either close your eyes or stare off into the distance to give your eyes a break before resuming. 
  2. For every hour you are sitting, take a five-minute break to either walk around or stretch. This will increase blood circulation to your whole body – including your brain!
  3. Grab a glass of water. For most working adults, the first instinct is to grab coffee or an energy drink. But sometimes, when we are feeling fatigued, all we need is some hydration. You can try this tip by starting your day with a full glass of water before you drink your coffee. 

Finish Strong

While these last two months normally seem to fly right past us, we want to be sure we make the most of 2019 by compartmentalizing, prioritizing, and motivating ourselves, our team, and our customers. 

If you’d like to speak with a Pentaflex associate about how we continually stay at the top of our game, submit the form on our contact us page or give us a call at 937-325-5551.

 

 

Resources

Energy Audit: http://research.theenergyproject.com/s3/brao?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=burnout_assessment

How Work Breaks Help your Brain: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/changepower/201704/how-do-work-breaks-help-your-brain-5-surprising-answers

8 Effective Ways to Stay Ahead of the Holiday Sales Slump: https://pagely.com/blog/stay-ahead-holiday-sales-slump/

Happy Manufacturing Day!

What is Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day is a nationwide event hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers to bring awareness to the career possibilities and opportunities in manufacturing for students of all ages. While October 4th is the official date, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reminds all of us that any day can be MFG Day when manufacturers strive to invest in their community and the future generation of employees.

Why does bringing awareness to manufacturing jobs matter?

For over half a century, the American culture has praised young american’s higher education ambitions while looking down upon the traditional blue collar positions that this country was built upon. While there is still value in higher education, we believe it is our industry’s turn to shine in the light of improvement and opportunity.

Manufacturing has gone through multiple improvements throughout the years including far superior and safer working conditions, higher product quality standards, and favoring company culture and teamwork on the shop floor.

This is why we here at Pentaflex and manufacturers across the country are working tirelessly every day to help change the narrative around our industry.

How can you get involved in the next generation of manufacturing employees?

 

Parents

Encourage your children to spend time and think through what career path they would like to take after high school. In today’s world, the decision they make when they are 17 no longer defines them for the rest of their career path. So, if they would like to throw their hat in the ring for something “less conventional” than what you originally planned, then encourage them to do so. You never know, it just might be what they were meant to do all along.

By motivating our children to go after their dreams instead of conventionally what society is telling them, we help foster a passion and excitement in the next generation to get up and go to work every morning.

 

Teachers 

Incorporate examples and scenarios into your classroom that include career paths like welding, operations, assembly, fabrication, and more. 

Encourage your students to job shadow at local manufacturers and equip them to ask the right questions about continually learning and growing within those companies. Most of those companies have multiple ways for their employees to contribute to the organization and success of their customers.

 

Manufacturing Employers

Invest in your community. If you are in need of skilled, hardworking, and determined employees, then look right outside your front door. Here are a few ways you can get involved in your community:

  • Attend career days at high schools and trade schools.
  • Offer paid internships for high school students and college students to learn your industry and provide feedback on the experience of working at your establishment. 
  • Take part in manufacturing industry initiatives like MFG Day.
  • Establish yourself on social media to show your customers and your employees that you are willing to contribute to the conversation – no matter the medium. 
  • Offer competitive pay and salaries based on performance and improvement.

What about Pentaflex?

Pentaflex makes it our mission to invest in our local communities of Springfield, Ohio and the surrounding Clark County area. We support Springfield-Clark CTC in the training and encouragement of skilled trade programs. We also show our gratitude to local higher education options like Clark State Community College and their many programs dedicated to training the next generation of management and leadership.

If you would like to speak with a team member at Pentaflex about our other initiatives, would like to schedule a tour for your student(s), or are interested in a career with us, please complete our short Contact Us form or give us a call at 937-325-5551.