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7 Tips to Building a Strong Organizational Culture in the Transportation Industry

Posted by Chris Tanke on Fri, Jul 31,2015 @ 05:00 AM

CHRIS TANKE, Relationship Manager
& BRIAN KAMINSKI, Account Executive at HNI

Strong organizational culture is an asset to be leveraged for the long haul.

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Topics: safety, value driven company

3 Steps to Actually Doing Something with Your Data

Posted by Dominique Beaudin on Thu, Jul 30,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Director of Technology at HNI

So you’ve got systems capturing data on your business. Maybe you’re monitoring number and speed of widgets produced, tracking hits to your website, or measuring idle time in your trucks.  The information is at your fingertips – so now what?

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Topics: business intelligence

New guidance from the DOL on Classifying Employees & Independent Contractors

Posted by Ben Menzel on Wed, Jul 29,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Relationship Manager at HNI

Many of the businesses we work with are faced with the decision of whether to classify workers as employees or independent contractors. 

This topic has grown in interest over the past several years due to increases in hiring activity and increases in enforcement.  In a recent memo, the U.S. Department of Labor provided some helpful insight to how the law should be applied.

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Topics: employment law

The Art of the Pitch: Making a Business Case to Get Buy-In for a New Project

Posted by Andrea Tarrell on Thu, Jul 23,2015 @ 08:51 AM

Marketing Director at HNI

“Change the Game" is our tagline and woven into our DNA – and the people that we typically engage with play the role of change agents in their organizations.  They thrive on new ideas and want to pursue projects to make the company better. 

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Topics: leadership, business advisory

The Top 10 Ingredients of a High Performing Driver Scorecard

Posted by Andrea Tarrell on Tue, Jul 21,2015 @ 05:15 AM

Director of Marketing at HNI

Data and analytics have the potential to radically change the game in transportation. One of the most effective applications is through a driver scorecard or visual dashboard, as we discussed at our webinar last week on "Big Data" Meets Performance Management for Drivers

What makes a successful driver scorecard?  Here's a quick and dirty list covering the 10 things that your driver scorecard MUST have to be successful.

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Topics: transportation, competing on analytics, driver scorecard

Engaging All Stakeholders in Strategies for Organizational Change

Posted by April Weatherston on Wed, Jul 15,2015 @ 06:03 AM

Director of Insurance Services at HNI

Whether you're looking at the insurance, benefits, or business advisory side of our business, a lot of what we do is change management.  This is true across all of the industries we serve.  

To address the biggest problems facing business owners [that are often some of the biggest drivers of their insurance costs], someone in the company always has to start acting differently.

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Topics: construction, transportation, manufacturing, retail, public sector, change management

Higher Speed Limits in Wisconsin: The Impact of 70 MPH Zones

Posted by Jim Dudek on Thu, Jul 09,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Relationship Manager at HNI

The recent increase to 70 MPH zones on Milwaukee interstates has raised quite the debate and speculation.

Many people have the misperception that faster speeds leads to an increase in accidents.  However, studies actually show that drivers who are traveling 10 MPH less than the posted limit are more likely to get in an accident. 

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Leading vs Lagging Indicators: Using Data to Predict [& Shape] The Future

Posted by Michael Natalizio on Wed, Jul 08,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Business Analytics at HNI

Being results-driven is an inarguable objective for 21st century business leaders.  By distilling an organization’s efforts into a few key measures of success, leaders can bring clarity to the otherwise ambiguous.  

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Topics: Analytics, competing on analytics, driver scorecard

Summer Heat Safety: Declare WARS on Heat Illness!

Posted by Kyle Meinert on Tue, Jul 07,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Risk Advisory AT HNI

OSHA has published its main initiatives this year for preventing injuries at the workplace. In this list is a timely topic: heat safety.

According to the CDC around 700 individuals succumb to all that is Mother Nature during these hot summer months. The common thing in all of these cases?  They are 100 percent controllable.

It is our responsibility to educate our workers to make sure that they do not fall into one of these statistics!

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Topics: safety

What Monkeys Can Teach You About Types of Innovation

Posted by Dominique Beaudin on Thu, Jul 02,2015 @ 05:00 AM

Director of IT at HNI

You can find inspiration for your business just about anywhere you look — even in the trunk of a car, and especially if that trunk contains a chimpanzee.

No, really.

I'm talking about "Trunk Monkeys," a fictional auto option offered by a car dealership in Oregon.

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Topics: construction, transportation, retail, manufactuing

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