6 Essential Factors of a Great Small Business

Posted by Craig Zoberis

May 26, 2017 6:01:00 PM

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I and the Fusion team are thrilled to announce that we made the 2017 list of Forbes Small Giants, a recognition awarded to 25 small businesses that “value greatness over growth, have been acknowledged as outstanding by others in their field and are engaged in initiatives from which any business can gain insights”. This one-time award places Fusion in the company of local esteemed companies such as Integrated Project Management, Basecamp, Tasty Catering, ABT Electronics, and Radio Flyer. Based on the best-selling book by Bo Burlingham, companies receiving this award have mastered six factors:

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Topics: Awesome Place To Work, employee engagement, small business, culture

Communicating Your Vision with Rhythm

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Jul 31, 2015 6:15:00 PM

In addition to winning the 101 Best and Brightest Places to Work in Chicago for the third year in a row, this year Fusion OEM won an elite award in the Communication and Shared Vision category. This award is significant because it is based on both anonymous employee feedback as well as sharing what we do here at Fusion everyday via video and written content.

As a contract manufacturer (CM), I know that communicating the vision of the company is an opportunity to invigorate the work force, explain the challenges ahead, and discuss the plan for getting there. One of the many ways in which Fusion can be distinguished from other companies is the manner in which we define our organization’s mission and purpose. Rather than having a mission statement that simply defines the objective of our company, in January of 2013 I created our “Painted Picture”, a very specific vision of what the Company will look and feel like by December 31st, 2015. Fusion’s Painted Picture illustrates our multiple goals customized for clients, employees, company culture, customer service, sales, facilities and leadership structures. The Painted Picture depicts active strategies and connects them to each individual employee. The Painted Picture illuminates where Fusion is today, where Fusion will be by the end of the three year period, and how each employee will contribute to our evolution.

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Topics: Awesome Place To Work, contract manufacturer, employee engagement

Fusion OEM: The Model for Re-Inventing American Manufacturing

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Nov 13, 2012 9:00:00 AM

           

That said, what are we going to do about the economy, unemployment rates, US deficit? These are questions the public sector will likely spend the next for years debating. But in the interim, what can local businesses do on their own to support their struggling industries, employees and customers?

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Topics: Awesome Place To Work

I've Got a Feeling

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 24, 2012 9:00:00 AM

"I've Got a Feeling" is more than the title to a Beatles or a Black Eyed Peas song. It's a reference to the way I interpret the environment, culture, and mood of an organization or workplace. It's the way I feel when I'm in the building, amongst the workers, resting in the break rooms.

My "I've Got a Feeling" radar has proven to be fairly accurate in assessing workplace culture, employee satisfaction and engagement in my career. Of course we have metrics, assessment tools, management courses and leadership seminars that explore company culture on a more scientific level. But I believe employee feelings speak strongly for the type of workplace a company has created.

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Topics: Awesome Place To Work

“New School” Manufacturing

Posted by Craig Zoberis

Oct 12, 2012 9:00:00 AM

I am a woman working in manufacturing for the first time in my career. I spent the previous 17 years working as a Director of Human Resources in the hospitality industry with a top global Hotel and Resort Company. When deciding to change careers and infuse a better work life balance into my life, I applied for Human Resource Leadership positions in a variety of industries, looking for new and challenging experiences.

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Topics: Awesome Place To Work

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