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The importance of quality boards for your company and teams

Internal communication within a business is so important because it has both direct and indirect influences on how effectively and consistently employees perform in the workplace, as well as helping to keep people safe and looking after their wellbeing.

Digital communication is a huge part of this for many organisations, but there are also physical communications that have to take place in any workplace, both due to legal compliance and because it’s an effective way to communicate with a large number of people at the same time.

In this piece, we look at how companies and teams can benefit from quality boards in the workplace that serve various uses. Boards made from durable, high-quality materials, with eye-catching designs and clear, engaging messages, can make a big difference to any workplace, improving efficiency and productivity while communicating essential information.

Boards for communicating organisational values and mission

A company’s values run through the entire organisation’s culture and brand ethos, so it’s important that employees understand and buy into them too. Research indicates that mission-driven workers are 54% more likely to stay for at least five years with a company and develop into high performers than those who are only motivated by pay alone. It could be information about your environmental targets or activity, your dedication to client service, your commitments to innovation, charity work or any other mission-based messages that can help inform, inspire and motivate your workforce.

Using engaging display boards in key areas of the workplace can help ensure that employees repeatedly see the values and mission of the business during their everyday work, helping to communicate the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’ so that the workforce feels informed enough to get on board with the vision and ethos.

Boards for communicating health and safety information

Health and safety isn’t traditionally seen as the most exciting part of an internal communication strategy, but it’s not just about ticking the legal compliance boxes. Employee wellbeing, physically and mentally, is a big responsibility for employers. It’s essential that the workforce fully understand the health and safety practicalities that apply to their working environment, with these messages being regularly reinforced. It’s also important to provde ia way for employees to check protocol quickly and easily if they need to. Using well-designed boards in the workplace to display health and safety information is a great way to ensure this essential information is always accessible, clear and easy to digest.

Boards for communicating essential operational messages

Your specific operational processes will be individual to your organisation, which is even more of a reason why many workplaces can benefit from some internal displays or other signage to help reinforce these. Whether it’s visual cues about different areas of the workspace where there are no physical dividers, safety notices, instructions in close proximity to machinery or vehicles, or visual checklists near entrances or exits, ensuring that employees see, understand and adhere to these can help ensure a smoother-running workplace environment.

These boards can also form an integral part of your LEAN or TQM methodology, helping to display information that encourages best practice, greater efficiency and reminding staff about any recently introduced changes.

Boards for communicating to potential customers/clients

In addition to their multiple uses for internal communications, high-quality boards can also be used to help generate new business and get across important messages to potential clients or customers. Whether it’s building trust by displaying information about the company’s heritage, previous work or projects, who the core team are, or what makes you stand out from your competitors, these kinds of displays in areas of the workplace that are seen by potential new business opportunities can serve a strong purpose in business growth.

Of course, portable boards are also available for use in more direct marketing activities, such as expos, trade shows and other events.

At Melo, we design, manufacture, and install many different types of communication boards that help your business promote the things that matter to your business to effectively get your messages across. Take a look at some of our work and get in touch if you’d like to find out more.

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5S explained: how can it help you?

LEAN Manufacturing

the japanese art of LEAN management

now a global force for optimising productivity

A concept first developed in Japan’s Toyota factory in the 1970’s that has taken the rest of the world’s views on manufacturing by storm.

In just 50 years this workplace method has revolutionised the manufacturing industry as we knew it.

All by creating a method to increase productivity and profit by organising, cleaning, reducing waste, creating specific standards, and continuously following set rules for optimal results.

so, what exactly does 5S stand for?

This Japanese concept originally was comprised of 5 key words:

seiri, seiton, seisō, seiketsu, and shitsuke, which have now been translated to: sort, set in order, shine, standardise, and sustain.

But, what exactly do these words mean to your company? Let’s dive into what they mean and how to utilise them:

Kaizen 5S

Sort through what you currently have and determine what items are essential for your particular working environment, everything else can and should be removed.

Set in Order all items you deemed essential. Everything needs to have a designated and logical area for workers to access easily to complete tasks.

Shine your workspace, keeping everything you just organised clean and tidy to ensure you have a well-maintained working environment. This involves routine tasks, from sweeping and mopping to machine maintenance.

Standardise the process, creating standards for the organisation will ensure there are rules that can be easily followed to optimise productivity. Create rules for how/when tasks should be completed and keep tabs on these by using agendas, charts, or other useful tools.

Sustain all these new practices by conducting audits. All of the previous S’s must be maintained and continued to optimise productivity and efficiency. 

this phenomenon has now helped many companies… could it help yours?

The answer is simple, YES!

This methodology is a form of visual management developed to maximise efficiency in working environments.

From setting up procedures for maintaining organisation, cleanliness, and reducing waste to ensuring specific tasks are done regularly.

This idea has been implemented in many companies worldwide with optimal results.

Shadow Board

wondering where to start with LEAN management?

Easy! MELO World has to tools to help you implement or improve this 5S methodological approach within your workplace. From our communication zones to our shadow boards– we make it easy to integrate this approach within your business!

Our shadow boards are optimal for setting all your necessary tools in order. Our magnetic-friendly communication and notice boards with document holders allow for  schedules to be signed off on and audits to be placed. Utilising floor markers and signage can work together effectively to ensure the 5S message is clearly demonstrated throughout the entire workplace.

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melo has rebranded

Thanks to our exponential growth over the past 9 years, we knew it was the right time to take a new, bold approach with a rebrand, coinciding with a sleek, easy-to-use website.

As the market is ever-evolving, we know how important it is to change with the demand and adapt, while simultaneously maintaining the same standards our customers know and expect from us.

Therefore, we continue to innovate together, and so we wanted our brand to align with our company’s values, as well as the future-proof products and services we offer.

a quote from our ceo

“We have spent the last decade focusing on the needs of our customers, striving to help them on their path to achieving excellence, but now the moment has come to look in the mirror and make sure we move with the times the way we are known for: without compromise and without cutting corners.

Last year was a roller coaster ride, and now is the right time to make Visual Management solutions the sole focus of our attention. 

My expert team and I have worked tirelessly to deliver a new, cutting-edge look that better represents MELO.

The new logo, website, marketing materials and social media presence are being combined with the positive attitude, high-quality offerings and problem-solving talent that is a mainstay of MELO World.

I also want to take this time to reveal that we have made the decision to branch out and launch a new sister company, Safety Outlet, that is devoted specifically to sourcing and supplying all things safety. Watch this space.

Thank you to everyone who has helped get us where we are today. We look forward to continuing to share the MELO standard!”

– Phil Hudzik

what’s new?

With our customers in mind- we have worked tirelessly over the past few months to redesign our website, make it more user-friendly, and really showcase what MELO has to offer.

This new layout will allow you to browse all of our visual management solutions, and gain a better understanding of our bespoke services, and how they can integrate into your company.

We have also simplified the contact us option to directly explain your specific requirements.

You can now scroll through our all-new visual showroom!

introducing safety outlet!

To coincide with this new phase of MELO World, we are excited to announce the launch of our sister company, Safety Outlet.

This new e-commerce business can supply high-quality safety equipment for all aspects of your business.

It has its own identifiable image, style, and products, with all the same quality standards you’ve come to know from MELO World.

what can you do?

Our new website designed solely for safety equipment

Visit our new website and see what’s new!

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