5 Signs a Candidate Will Be a Reliable Worker

Given the expense and the amount of effort you put into the endeavor, the hiring process offers a surprising lack of information about the candidates. You usually get a single page of background information, maybe a couple of face-to-face meetings and whatever stray details you can pick from other sources. That’s it. Based on that, you need to decide whether you can rely on somebody every day for the foreseeable future. It’s a tough job. It would like if you had only someone’s online dating profile and one dinner to decide whether you wanted to get engaged. But there are… Read more »

Do You Know How to Read a Hazardous Chemical Label?

If you work in an environment that uses chemicals, you may have seen hazardous chemical labels. These are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as it works to comply with the GHS, or Globally Harmonized System. Hazardous chemical labels appear on every chemical container and include important information to follow when using that chemical. Every label features six pieces of key information, and you can help yourself and others stay safe when you know what each section means. Product identifier Appearing in the top left corner of the label is the chemical’s name in big, bold letters.… Read more »

Best Practices for Holiday Safety Season

As the holiday season fast approaches, thoughts of rest and relaxation enter everyone’s minds. Add this need to decompress to a workplace that’s busier than usual during the holiday season, and you have a recipe for potential safety concerns. But safety doesn’t take a vacation, and it’s important to keep up safety standards in your workplace year ‘round. Don’t let a lack of planning lead to risks for your employees! Five Holiday Safety Practices to Reinforce As the pace picks up in your workplace, keep the following in mind: Give seasonal workers proper training. If you’ve brought in extra workers… Read more »

Protective Eyewear Do’s and Don’ts

Your eyesight helps you navigate the world, plus adds to your quality of life. It’s important to protect it! While at work, you’re faced with potentially harmful objects and substances, such as shards of glass or metal, particles, chemicals or any combination of these items. If contact occurs with your eyes, it could lead to serious injuries or even blindness. So what can you do to keep your eyes safe at work? It helps to use the right protective eyewear. Tips for eyewear safety at work Just follow these industry tips to protect your eyesight now, and for years to… Read more »

Should You Wear Jeans to Your Next Interview?

Job interviews test your nerves. You sit there, desperately hoping the throbbing vein in your neck doesn’t betray your palpitating heart rate, or the sweat forming in the palms of your hands won’t form telltale wet marks on the arms of your chair, simultaneously trying to ignore the multiple pairs of eyes staring at you and the fact that strangers are typing out notes after every sentence you say. Almost every aspect conspires to make it an uncomfortable experience. Is it too much to ask that your clothes at least be comfortable? You’d give anything to show up in flannel… Read more »

Faulty Job History on Your Resume? Here’s How to Find a Job

Currently hitting a wall when writing out your job history? For many job seekers, if you’ve bounced around between jobs and industries, you may be worried you’ll look flightly or indecisive to a potential employer. However, by framing your job history in the right way, you can shape the way you appear to a hiring manager, helping you land your next job. Here’s how. Tell your story You’re unique and on your very own journey when it comes to your career. This doesn’t have to come across as something negative to a potential employer! Just the opposite—if you structure your… Read more »

Getting to Work On Time

It seems so simple during the day. You walk in 15 minutes late, harried, embarrassed, once again having to start your workday by apologizing to everyone. You vow it will never happen again. And at noon, you mean it. But, by six the next morning, you’re back hitting the snooze bar and the cycle starts up again. So how do you break out of it? Getting to work on time can be more complicated than it seems. When you use public transportation or when you have a long commute, getting to work can feel like planning the D-Day invasion. You… Read more »

Three Safety Procedures So Simple You Might Be Forgetting Them

Maintaining a safe workplace is everyone’s job: workers and managers alike! Though some safety procedures – like learning how to operate specific tools and machines – require training, other safety practices are falling-off-a-log easy. There are steps you can take every day to make your workplace safer. As you work hard day in and day out, always keep these three easy safety tips in mind: Protect your back. Did your parents ever tell you to stand up straight when you were younger? They weren’t wrong! Good posture is an easy way to prevent pain and injuries while working. Whether you… Read more »

How to Protect Your Workers During Cold and Flu Season

As cold weather approaches, so too does the spread of germs associated with cold and flu. Our immune systems have to work harder when it’s cold outside, plus the stress of the holiday season can leave many of us with less stamina to fight off the occasional illness. As an employer, you can take steps to help your workers stay healthy this season. Top ways to help labor staff stay healthy Encourage the following to help your labor and construction employees stay in good health during the colder months: Encourage flu shots. This is the number one way for warding… Read more »

4 Things to Do After You Interview for a Job With a Staffing Firm

It’s easy to think of a job interview as the end of the process. From then on, other people will determine what will happen with your career – your part is over. This feeling can be especially prevalent when you interview with a staffing firm. Their job is to find you work, right? What more is there to do, but wait for the phone to ring with your dream position? The truth is, there’s plenty for you to do after the interview is over. By actively following up, you maximize your chances of getting the best possible placement. Four steps… Read more »