Lean Office & Lean Sales

August 22 2016

IPC is successfully applying Lean Business techniques in the Office and within the Sales force. Lean techniques have long been applied in manufacturing but real benefits are obtainable by applying Lean principles in the Office and within the Sales process. IPC are Enterprise Ireland approved Lean Consultants. We work with our clients under the Enterprise Ireland funded LeanStart and LeanPlus programmes.
We are actively promoting Lean in our client companies where Lean techniques are delivering real competitiveness improvements by streamlining and simplifying business processes. We work with your team to streamline key business processes and hence to reduce unit cost.
We have a long history of applying lean techniques in the manufacturing sector. Our focus is now increasingly on the Irish service sector which is now much bigger and where real potential lies.
To hear how Lean can deliver real results throughout your business, call us on 01-6319320.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Temporary Agency Worker Directive – How exposed are you?

December 13 2011

The Bill giving effect to the Directive is being finalised, it is effective from 5th December 2011 and from this date all Temporary Agency Workers are entitled to equal treatment in pay and basic working conditions as if they were directly recruited to the same job by the hirer.
Equal treatment extends to the following range of issues, Basic Pay, Shift Premium, Piece Rates, Overtime premium, Unsocial Premium, Sunday Premium, Working Time, Rest Periods, Rest Breaks, Night Work, Annual Leave, Public Holidays, Access to collective facilities and amenities, and access to vacancies in the Hirer company, no derogation period will apply.
The cost implications of compliance can be significant to your organisation, IPC Consulting is working with client organisations developing and implementing appropriate mechanisms to ensure that they are fully compliant with the Bill, in some instances no cost increase will arise as a result of engaging Agency Workers where they are employed to meet specific changes in demand for goods and services.
For a free consultation please contact Declan Duke, 087 2366362

Temporary Agency Worker Directive

October 24 2011

The Sunday Telegragh has announced that Britains largest private sector employer is understood to have discussed making use of an ‘opt-out’ clause with its recruiters moving 1000’s of temps are missing out on increased wages and benefits, by multiple recruiters used by Tesco had adopted the get out clause, employers thus hiring temps directly making them exempt from their rights.

Temporary Agency Worker Directive, are you ready?

August 5 2011

Is your organisation employing temporary agency workers? The TAWD 2011 Directive will become law in its current format and is designed to establish a framework for temporary workers to be treated on an equal basis to workers who are employed to occupy the same job. It applies to public and private undertakings engaged in economic activities whether or not for gain. Directive; Article 5 states that the basic working and employment conditions of temporary workers shall be at least those that would apply if they had been recruited directly by that enterprise to occupy the same job, including working time, overtime, breaks, rest periods, night work, public holidays and pay. Temporary Agency Workers must be given equal access to collective facilities and vocational training. Clauses in an agreement that prevent the end user from employing the agency worker after his/her assignment has ended are null and void. The Directive will become effective 5th December, IPC Consulting is working with a number of clients already and will conduct an audit of your organisation to determine the degree of preparedness free of charge.

Lean Business

June 1 2011

The Lean Approach to streamlining your business was showcased by Enterprise Ireland at a one day Lean event in Dublin Castle on May 10th. The event was an excellent opportunity to hear case examples of successful implementation.
IPC Consulting is a an approved provider of Lean Consulting Projects with Enterprise Ireland. We are actively promoting Lean in our client companies where the application of lean techniques is helping companies streamline, simplify, reduce waste and as a result become more competitive.
Our team are available to discuss the results that Lean thinking can deliver in your company. Call us to hear more…

IPC Charities

January 5 2011

IPC Consulting are supporting the following Charities in 2010/11: -

  • The Peter McVerry Trust – supporting the homeless. In December 2010, the Trust  provided an eChristmas Card which we were encouraged to send instead of sending traditional Christmas Cards.
  • Maynooth Kilcock Lions Club (Charity).

Effective Managerial Organisation and Leadership

November 17 2010

Many public service organisations are in the midst of planning to provide services with a decrease in staffing levels for the next 3-5 years.  Fundamental to this process is the development of structures and organisational processes which can provide excellence in service and business effectiveness.  IPC Consulting is working with a range of large public and private organisations designing the correct conditions for organisational effectiveness that will sustain them through time.  The first step is to get the right structure, including the right number of vertical layers, well-defined accountability and authority not only in managerial subordinate relationships but in cross-functional working relationships as well.  Then findings are presented on complexity of human capability of the roles to which they are appointed, including their skill knowledge and commitment.  Coupled to this mixture an objective method for measuring the level of work in roles, and you will get sound functional alignment and a soundly, patently-fair and simple differential compensation system.  Placed in a system of teachable managerial leadership practices, including two-way team working, context setting, sound task assignment, personal effectiveness appraisal, individual development and talent pool development, you have a system in which people can work together accountably, authoritatively and effectively.

For further information on this approach to organisational development please contact

partners@ipcconsulting.ie .

Productivity Improvement

October 27 2010

Never has the need for productivity improvement been more acute than it is today. 
 Companies engaged in the production and/or supply of goods and services must improve productivity in order maintain competitiveness and reduce costs.  The identification of initiatives leading to improvements can be straight forward, however to ensure that improvements do not impact on service and are fully implemented can be difficult.  IPC Consulting has 25 years experience working in the Irish economy assisting companies in the measurement of labour productivity utilising a wide variety of productivity improvement interventions.  IPC Consultants work with the senior management team including General and Production Managers. It is these groups of personnel who are primarily charged with productivity improvement, leading to unit cost reduction, while at the same time ensuring quality of service throughout the process is protected.  Your company should organise a free productivity improvement consultation. This can be arranged through www.ipc.ie.

Free Productivity Improvement Consultation

October 11 2010

To hear about how IPC can help and for an initial assesment of the cost reduction potential, contact partners@ipcconsulting.ie

Training

September 15 2010

As well as formal training courses, IPC interventions often involve an element of training, where IPC partners communicate the theoretical background and strategic rational behind our ideas and proposals. Training and Communication are core strategies for effecting change and for achieving consensus regarding the need for change. Involvment will lead to the generation of better soutions which have a higher probability of success.