Rich Tompkins

Rich Tompkins

Rich leads market operations for the Southwest region and supports organizational development initiatives for Veryable. Prior to Veryable, Rich was a management consultant where he led consulting engagements across a number of industries and functional areas focusing on strategic planning, operational improvement, customer engagement, and organizational development.

Recent posts by Rich Tompkins

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The Pitfalls of Relying Only on Full-Time Employees

By Rich Tompkins on Dec 1, 2021 10:01:00 AM

If you say “we only want to hire full-time employees,” then you’ve probably been burned by temp staffing or aren’t aware of all the options for finding workers to get work done in your facility. Keeping your labor capacity at the right level is a big problem to solve, and if you expect better results, you’re going to need to change your methods.

Topics: Workforce Innovation
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How to Create Down Cycle Agility with On-Demand Labor

By Rich Tompkins on Jul 7, 2021 4:30:00 PM

You’ve been there before: volume has suddenly dropped off a cliff, after months of hiring staff to meet a big surge. You’re left with more employees than you have the work for, and it’s eating a hole in your margins. The situation might be bad enough that you have to let people go.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence
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The 12 Step Guide to Manufacturing Facility Moves

By Rich Tompkins on Jan 20, 2021 3:00:00 PM

It’s a huge ordeal to move into a new facility. Manufacturing leaders have spent many long nights worrying about the details of this kind of project, so we’ve provided a guide on what to do when you’re moving manufacturing facilities.

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Six Best Practices for Posting Ops on Veryable

By Rich Tompkins on Jan 8, 2021 4:32:16 PM

As with any new tool, you want to be certain you’re getting the most from your investment when using Veryable to find on-demand labor. 

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What is a Labor Pool?

By Rich Tompkins on Nov 6, 2020 11:06:08 AM

Operations managers are facing labor issues daily related to recruiting, retention, utilization, and performance. Maybe you are facing these challenges and making trade-offs so you have the right amount of labor to meet your production schedule. Doing so is a balancing act that requires some out-of-the-box thinking.

Topics: On-Demand Labor Operational Excellence Workforce Innovation
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Four Ways To Reduce Turnover in a Manufacturing Business

By Rich Tompkins on Oct 30, 2020 2:05:10 PM

As an Operations Leader, you’re tasked with keeping products moving efficiently through your operation. But, half the time you are putting out fires related to missed deliveries, extended lead times, and rework - which probably originated with workforce issues related to turnover and callouts.

You know that as soon as a few individuals don’t show up for work one morning, you’re thrown into scramble mode to cover their shifts and redistribute the work. Unfortunately, this can lead to missed deadlines, and your key performance indicators are shot for the week. 

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How to Retain Your Workforce Amidst Uncertainty

By Rich Tompkins on Apr 6, 2020 10:49:06 AM

Last week, we published a blog called Manufacturing Companies, Keep the Faith and Soldier On, which was a call to action for US producers and distributors to prepare to play offense in this time of crisis. Because although it is clear that the near-term will be uncertain in terms of restrictions, delays in materials, and workforce challenges... that should not prevent you from preparing to take on pent-up demand that is just around the corner. 
Topics: On-Demand Labor US Manufacturing
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What labor shortage?

By Rich Tompkins on Oct 1, 2019 2:01:55 PM

You've likely seen the headlines.... "Lots of help wanted", "Warehouse hiring surges", "A tight labor market holding small business back", etc. 

Topics: On-Demand Labor