Constructive dismissal: Firing can go both ways

When a business is humming along, and workers are all pulling in the same direction, employers might never give a second thought to a...

Modular design

Simplify, standardize, think modular -- For greater product diversity, better margins and new markets The words modular design, and platform-based product development, frequently appear in...

Canada’s design palette

True north strong and Regional Like the homes dotting the harbour in Lunenburg, N.S., Canada’s design palette, is a vast, colourful and purposeful one. And...

Management by measurement

When was the last time you evaluated your managers’ contributions to the bottom line?   Every time a recession rolls around, the cuts start at the...

Hydro rate horror story

EVERYONE THAT PAYS THE BILLS in Ontario knows that electricity rates in the province have been on the rise, whether the invoice arrives at...

Opinions and optimism

Wood Industry's reader survey: Canadian manufacturers weight in This should surprise nobody, but most of you prefer that your magazines give you what you want,...

BLITZES are coming

Machine guards safely in place? The Ministry of Labour in Ontario (MOL) has a list of “workplace inspection blitzes and initiatives” for the new year,...

Managing risk

Some people don’t like change. But when it comes to safety and risk management in your business, changing your ways can be critical to...

Wood-be start-ups

Entrepreneurial spirits can soar Getting a business off of the ground can be a daunting task, but entrepreneurs in Canada are constantly making the leap....

Customer-driven design

An approach to design that’s good for business The word design has 14 definitions in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. It can certainly be a challenging...