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Replaced by robots? A relevant approach to workplace change

Reader survey

Quality Quiz: With a video!

Data in everyday life

Six Sigma and more

Bytes and pieces

 
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Welcome to Quality eLine, a monthly summary of blog posts from PQ Systems, developers of software solutions and training services that help customers demonstrate proof of their quality performance.

The PQ Systems blog is your hub for industry quality news, case studies, information about product enhancements, and tips to enhance your software use. Have your say and exchange ideas in this interactive format.

FEATURE STORY:
Replaced by robots?
A relevant approach to workplace change

To some, increasing uses of robots represent a threat to jobs, families, and life as we know it. To others, they are the salvation of our civilization and the only hope for the future. Between these two polarized extremes, the late Peter Drucker, known as the father of modern management, offers a perspective from the past that may be even more relevant today.
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Reader survey:
Where do you plan to do your holiday shopping this year?

Where do you plan to do your holiday shopping this year? Plus, see the results of last month's poll.
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Quality Quiz:Professor Cleary
A classic quiz from Professor Cleary— and last month's winners!

To celebrate the life and work of Professor Cleary, we are featuring a classic quiz from our archives.

Winners of last month's quiz and a copy of Quality Gamebox are Ernie Donovan (Blue Ridge Pressure Castings, Leighton, PA); Alisa Sherow (Mechanical Rubber Products, Warwick, NY); and David Vollmer (Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI). Congratulations! For this month's quiz, and a chance to win a copy of Practical Tools for Continuous Improvement: Volume 1, submit your response by December 27.
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Data in everyday life:
Holiday spending

With an extended holiday season, it may be that shoppers have had more time to think about their Christmas gift buying this year. How much are you spending for Christmas gifts in 2015? This SQCpack chart shows annual estimated Christmas gift spending since 1999.
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See chart

Six Sigma and more:
Less than Six Sigma

David SchwinnDavid Schwinn mulls over issues related to giving and getting directions in the workplace. The way in which one is directed by supervisors contributes to workplace satisfaction, and affects Six Sigma efforts as well.
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Bytes and pieces:

  • Winner! The winner of our November National Quality Month promotion is Chris Galloway of Micro Metals (Jamestown, TN). He will receive a PQ Systems prize package with our congratulations.
  • Baldrige examiners needed: Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is seeking applicants for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for the 2016 award cycle. Application forms are available online and will be accepted until January 7, 2016.
  • Healthcare rankings: Mayo Clinic is at the top of the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25, which recognizes companies across the healthcare value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving patient care and lowering costs.

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