Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Inc Magazine Top 50 Small Company Workplace In America

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For Immediate Release winning workplaces



COLUMBUS, OH (May 23, 2011) -Inc. magazine and Winning Workplaces announced today the winners of the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces competition and awarded Hopkins Printing one of the 50 coveted spots. The Top Small Company Workplaces competition is an annual contest that has recognized the nation's best small and mid-sized company work environments since 2003.

Winning Workplaces and Inc. received nearly 350 completed applications for the 2011 contest. A national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged finalists on employee engagement and development, company mission, rewards and recognition, management effectiveness, and benefits.

 "These firms represent some of the finest privately held companies in the world," states Bob LaPointe, president of Inc. "Their stories, appearing in the June issue of Inc., clearly demonstrate that taking an innovative approach to creating the right culture-one in which human capital is embedded in a company's value proposition-can create real competitive leadership. Each of these Top Small Company Workplaces offers an environment in which people flourish and, as a result, profit follows."

Hopkins Printing is committed to creating an environment where employees can thrive and one way they do so is through a "three-deep" training agenda. 75% of all positions are trained 3 Deep at Hopkins, which means that at any one time three people are capable of operating a particular piece of equipment or covering for a certain position.  Cross-training of all employees to cover other positions increases productivity, creates flexibility, and allows employees to become knowledgeable authorities in multiple areas of business and production.

"It is a true honor to be named one of the best small workplaces in the nation and a greater surprise to have Hopkins as one of the featured companies in the Inc. magazine article. Winning Workplaces reviewed each of our programs, policies, and benefits before they surveyed all of our employees.  It was a thorough process and we're pleased that everyone was able to contribute their thoughts.  Hopkins employees care about the success of our company and together we all make it a great place to work!" said Michelle Waterhouse, HR director for Hopkins Printing.

About Hopkins Printing
Founded in 1975 by Jim and Arnie Hopkins and located in Columbus, OH, Hopkins Printing is a leading provider of comprehensive graphic communications and technology solutions for North American businesses. Hopkins Printing is a 100% Employee Owned company that treats others as they would like to be treated. Hopkins has been named Best Workplace in America by Printing Industry of America and has received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award.

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. magazine is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today's innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 708,450, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology.

About Winning Workplaces  Winning Workplaces is an Evanston, IL-based not-for-profit, whose mission is to help the leaders of small and mid-sized organizations create great workplaces. Founded in 2001, Winning Workplaces serves as a clearinghouse of information on workplace best practices, provides seminars and workshops on workplace-related topics and inspires and awards top workplaces through its annual Top Small Company Workplaces initiative.

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Roy Waterhouse
Hopkins Printing

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Throwing The Last Dart

Below is a great post by Jason Fried of 37Signals. He puts an important concept into simple words.

I’ve been working out with a trainer for the past few years, mostly because I’m too lazy to go to the gym on my own. But also because I want to get better at working out. I want to be more efficient and not waste time doing stuff that doesn’t matter, etc. It may sound counterintuitive, but you can actually waste time by doing things too quickly.

My biggest problem has been slowing down. I tend to work out too fast. Lift too fast, do crunches too fast, do pushups too fast, etc.

I haven’t been able to catch myself when I’m going too fast. I’m certainly capable of slowing down, and I fundamentally understand the benefits of slowing down, but I just couldn’t come up with something that pops in my head to encourage me to slow down when I find myself going too fast.

Then my trainer asked me what I would do if I had three darts, had already thrown two, and I only had one shot left at hitting the bullseye.

I told him

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Alphabet Soup of Green Graphic Communications

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The Alphabet Soup of Green Graphic Communications

April showers bring much more then May flowers. The 30 days of grey drizzle are all worth it when a full canvas of pantone green 356 emerges come May 1. [If you are unfamiliar with the pantone matching system - or if you just want a visual of green 356 - check out this link]. With so much green cloaking the surroundings, even the allergy sufferers don a slight grin when the sun shines through some oak leaves blowing in the first warm breezes of the year. Over the past 20 years there has been a concerted effort to participate in sustainable practices to preserve the green that everyone loves. The graphic communications industry has embraced the eco-friendly mindset and adopted a variety of programs, certifications, and awards to ensure the longevity of Mother Nature. Below are some of the ABC's which encourage sustainable practices at every stage of the graphic communication process.

FSC = Forest Stewardship Council Certified
FSC logoThe Forest Stewardship Council is an international labeling and certification system for directing responsible forest management and sustainable outcomes of paper and wood products. Fiber harvested from FSC certified forests is tracked with the Chain of Custody system from the tree, all the way to the consumer. The FSC label informs the world that the printed product in their hands was made by individuals who support the highest social and environmental standards. 

PCW = Post Consumer Waste Fiber Content
PCW logoThe three arrows comprising the universal recycling symbol, also known as the mobius loop, inform the paper purchaser that their paper was made using recycled paper. It is suggested that the percentage of recycled paper used in the production of the new paper be displayed beneath the symbol.

AGFA GreenWorks
GreenWorks awarded printers must meet a required set of criteria that confirms 
they areAGFA logo integrating sustainable technology and participating in additional green movements. For example, all AGFA GreenWorks awarded printers use low chemistry and chemistry free plates, which have a significantly lower impact on the environment. Hopkins Printing is proud to be awarded AGFA's Greenworks award.
From the tree, to production, to the offices the products are used in, it is evident that the graphic communications industry is making every effort to preserve the natural pantone 356 for this generation and many more to come. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

The 12 Rules of Time

Time management is a topic that has always interested me. When I see a link online to anything on this topic I find myself unable to resist clicking on the link. I recently found a link to a website that had a simple list of 12 rules of time that I found to be good reminders and helpful. Below is the list.
  1. Have goals
  2. Analyze how you spend your time
  3. Keep a to-do list
  4. Prioritize your list
  5. Control procrastination
  6. Organize
  7. Delegate
  8. Master efficiency tricks
  9. It's OK to say no
  10. Focus
  11. Build your efficiency bank
  12. Take care of yourself
This is a list from Jim Estill. He has an article that discusses each of these points in greater detail. Anytime we can improve our ability to get more done and to get more of the right things done - we are better managers and leaders.