Solomon Associates Introduces Workforce Optimization Consulting for Energy Facilities

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Senior Consultant Bill Glasscock to lead consulting practice for optimizing staffing effectiveness—a key to efficient plant performance.

Energy Consultant Bill Glasscock

Senior Consultant Bill Glasscock to lead Solomon Associates' Workforce Optimization Consulting.

Industry reports show that a facility can actually lose money by terminating the wrong people. Our Workforce Optimization Consulting practice helps companies avoid this mistake while achieving optimal workforce efficiency.

Solomon Associates, the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, has introduced Workforce Optimization Consulting, a proprietary, data-driven approach to determining optimal staffing levels. Solomon senior consultant Bill Glasscock has been tapped to lead the practice.

Utilizing a methodology derived from the company’s exclusive library of industry best practices and empirical data, Solomon’s consulting approach empowers clients to move beyond simple quantitative formulas and across-the-board cost reductions. Workforce Optimization Consulting helps energy companies achieve significant cost savings while enhancing operational effectiveness.

“Solomon Associates’ Workforce Optimization Consulting takes all critical factors into account to achieve optimal staffing levels based on client-defined objectives,” said Charlie Reith, executive vice president of consulting services and business development. “Management of employee counts simply by the numbers is relatively easy, but rarely sustainable.”

Additionally, Solomon’s optimization does not always mean a reduction in staff; the recommended solution could mean adding employees to certain department areas to achieve overall improvements in workforce efficiency.

The business drivers that Solomon consultants consider in Workforce Optimization Consulting engagements include:

  •     Profitability
  •     Costs
  •     Plant safety
  •     Environmental responsibilities
  •     Workforce motivation
  •     Other client-defined objectives

Solomon Associates takes into account a company’s current work practices, procedures, workforce capabilities, corporate culture, and constraints that impact worker performance. Workforce Optimization Consulting applies to petroleum refineries, pipeline and terminals, gas plants, chemical facilities, and power plants.

Sustainable improvement through implementing industry best practices and efficient work processes is the Solomon Associates philosophy. As the smarter approach to staffing, Workforce Optimization Consulting is a component of the company’s Net Cash Margin Measurement, Management, and Maximization (NCM³®) consulting services, which are executed in three phases: assessment, recommendations and implementation.

“Only after a thorough evaluation of a facility’s operation would we provide a recommendation to reduce staffing levels,” said Glasscock. “Industry reports show that a facility can actually lose money by terminating the wrong people. Our Workforce Optimization Consulting practice helps companies avoid this mistake while achieving optimal workforce efficiency. ”

Solomon has performed staffing evaluations at refineries, chemical plants, gas plants, and other energy facilities worldwide. The method also applies to new facilities.

“We have the largest databases of actual, validated oil and gas facility performance information in the world,” Glasscock said. “This enables us to provide staffing recommendations that are realistic and sustainable, because they are based on the work practices of the top performers in the world.”

About Solomon Associates

Based in Dallas, TX USA, Solomon Associates is the world’s leading performance improvement company for energy companies seeking to identify and close gaps in operational performance. Combining proven, patented methodologies with objective data analysis, and led by a team of energy consultants with extensive hands-on operational experience, Solomon consistently helps clients with energy-intensive assets achieve greater efficiencies, enhanced reliability, and improved margins. Solomon’s energy consulting and benchmarking studies apply to petroleum refineries, chemical plants, pipeline and terminals, gas plants and power plants. Solomon is part of HSB Group, Inc. Learn more about Solomon’s energy benchmarking and consulting services at

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