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Fostering Employee Engagement: Focusing on What Matters

David Bakker David Bakker| December 5, 2014

The term Organizational Effectiveness has become a trend in businesses lately. It refers to how well companies are able to achieve the goals and outcomes that they’ve laid out. High organizational effectiveness requires creating work environments that engage employees and enable them to do their best. As we already talked about in Making Social Learning […]

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Maintaining a Lean Operation: The Just in Time Method

David Bakker David Bakker| November 19, 2014

How about a quick history lesson? Back in the 1950s, Toyota introduced the Just-in-Time (JIT), or lean, method. This meant creating or purchasing only enough items to meet demand instead of to build a surplus. Gradually the idea of slimming down operations began to spread to other companies. Dell is a modern day example of […]

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Maintaining an Open Culture without Opening Up Our Floor Plan

David Bakker David Bakker| October 21, 2014

Openness may be a cornerstone of our corporate culture here at Arraya, but it hasn’t become part of our floor plan. Although our company culture is progressive and supports innovation, we feel it is important to give our folks a spot to come to during their time in Arraya’s offices. Having an open floor plan […]

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Arraya Solutions CTO David Bakker Takes His Passion for Innovation to Temple University

Erin Steinmetz Erin Steinmetz| September 24, 2014

Arraya Solutions CTO David Bakker has a passion for innovation.  This passion comes through, not only in the way he runs the business here at Arraya, but in his focus on fostering it within the company culture. Bakker’s focus and keenness for this topic has spurred our recent Innovation Series – a compilation of blog […]

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Building an Open Culture which Nurtures Employee Innovation

David Bakker David Bakker| September 22, 2014

Innovation has always been a part of Arraya Solutions, and not just some immeasurable, abstract goal. It’s a natural byproduct of the open and accepting culture we foster here. We never want employees to feel like they have to keep quiet or deny their creativity. It’s critical they know their ideas and insights are valued parts […]

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Making Social Learning a Habit in the Workplace

David Bakker David Bakker| September 11, 2014

When two employees who do similar jobs sit next to each other five days a week, 52 weeks a year, it’s easy for them to share tips, bounce ideas off one another and learn from each other how to do their jobs even better. Now take those same two employees and put one out on […]

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Laying the Groundwork to Engage the New Generation

David Bakker David Bakker| August 7, 2014

I’d like to start this series on innovation with what we’ve done here at Arraya Solutions to create a positive working environment that encourages employees to learn, grow and contribute new ideas. This article will explore how Arraya continues to adapt by incorporating social tools and practices that promote more efficient, effective means of communication.  […]

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Arraya's been Embracing Innovation and Feeling the Impact

David Bakker David Bakker| July 10, 2014

Innovation is key to growing a company.  It’s a trend that will soon become a standard – taught in college business classes along with entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. Co-founder and CEO of Google, Larry Page, once said, “Incremental improvements are not good enough. The standard for success is whether we can get these into the […]

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