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Adam Rubatt

Adam Rubatt


Recent posts by Adam Rubatt

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What Size Should My Labor Pool Be?

By Adam Rubatt on Apr 1, 2021 2:00:00 PM

So you’ve started using on-demand labor, but you’re not so sure about how many people you should be adding to your labor pool. Maybe someone told you a number that was so high it shocked you, or maybe you’ve been flying solo and don’t know what you should be aiming for.

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Piecework Pay vs Hourly Pay: Pros, Cons, and Differences

By Adam Rubatt on Feb 11, 2021 11:03:26 AM

If you’ve ever managed an operation in manufacturing or logistics, you’ve noticed that some workers get more done than others. You’ve likely heard jokes justifying a slow pace of work by saying “I’m paid by the hour.” People say there is always a bit of truth in a joke, so what’s the truth in the difference between being paid by the hour and being paid based on what’s actually accomplished?

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Overstaffing Problems: Common Issues and How to Avoid Them

By Adam Rubatt on Jan 6, 2021 1:00:00 PM

If you find yourself overstaffed, it’s probably because at some point in the year, you will need the number of workers that you have. You don’t want to get caught understaffed when a big project comes up, so you take what seems like the lesser of two evils and hire more people than you really need throughout the rest of the year. 

Topics: Flexible Capacity How-Tos
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Capacity Planning for Manufacturing: Taking An Agile Approach

By Adam Rubatt on Nov 24, 2020 8:30:00 AM

When you’re planning for the year ahead, trying to match up your labor to an unpredictable demand cycle creates frustration that is often palpable. Maybe you have lofty goals to meet, but have limited resources. You want to capture all of the demand you can without over-hiring. But how do you do that without perfectly predicting the future?

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Average: You are what you plan for

By Adam Rubatt on Jul 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When you’re in operations, you're always thinking of the future.  Whether it’s for the next shift, next week or next quarter, you’ll need to create a forecast that will help you prepare for the demand coming your way.  And for all businesses, there is a common practice of how those operations plans are created.  You look at historical demand, take the average, and build your forecasts off that.  

Topics: On-Demand Labor Next Generation Labor Digital Manufacturing On-Demand Technology Veryable Flexible Capacity US Manufacturing
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The One Stop Shop for Your Labor Needs

By Adam Rubatt on May 12, 2020 9:47:01 AM

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.  I bet you didn’t think I could fit a quote from Mike Tyson into a blog about labor planning.  But the truth is, this quote really hits home for me when it comes to designing labor models and demand forecasting.  

Topics: On-Demand Labor Labor Intelligence Flexible Capacity