Stuck in a Rut? Get Back to Basics

Every day feels the same. Your career has become a treadmill, a rut, a slow descent into quicksand. There are ways to escape, however. The first step: getting back to basics.  If it feels like your search for the perfect job has reached an impasse, consider hitting “restart.” Return to fundamentals. By resetting the process, you can get back on track.  Here are a few ways to get back to basics:  Take Stock  If you’re having trouble pushing your career forward, you need to identify the problem. To cure a disease, you need to diagnose what caused it. The same principle applies… Read more »

Electrician Hazards And How To Avoid Them

You don’t have to be told that electricity is dangerous. The hazards are obvious. Working near electrical situations, you become exposed to possible injury or even death. However, by knowing the specific dangers, an electrician can learn how to avoid them. This knowledge allows them to conduct their business safely and securely. The specific dangers vary according to the type of work you do. Some jobs carry a high risk of electric shock or even electrocution (an electric shock resulting in death). Other situations have a lower chance of serious injury but might still present some low-grade hazards, such as… Read more »

Talking Your Employees Off a Cliff

The holiday season is coming, that magical time of disappearing productivity. Focus lags, and attention turns away from work. Your employees are about to walk off the late-year output cliff. Your job is to talk them back from the ledge. It’s a thankless job. But if you don’t take steps to refocus your team, the last few months of the year will drift by without anything getting accomplished. Luckily, hope isn’t lost. Usually, it just takes a few small adjustments to reorient workers back to their day-to-day tasks. Here are some steps you can take to bring your employees back… Read more »

Educate New Hires On These Basic General Safety Tips

Safety represents a central concern for any business. To maintain the highest standards, it’s important to involve everyone in the process. As such, you should set up detailed training courses to educate your new hires about safety.  A strong basis in safety training encourages a company-wide commitment. Every employee who walks through your door should receive detailed instruction on how to keep the workplace safe. It gives you peace of mind that everyone is on the same page.  But what should you teach them? Beyond the specific details they need to do their jobs, there are some general concepts you should stress. Here are some… Read more »

How to Make Safety Training Fun & Engaging

You can hear the groans already. It’s time for another round of safety training and your employees are already antsy. They envision a snooze-inducing list of rules and OSHA standards. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. As unlikely as it sounds, you can actually make your safety training both fun and engaging.  Striving to create an interesting and enjoyable training process won’t just make your employees happy. It provides important material benefits for your business as well. The improved program will become more productive and effective. Meanwhile, the trainees will remember the material better, ultimately making them safer employees.  Here are some of the ways you can make… Read more »

Be Prepared: What To Do After The Interview

You can breathe again. You just survived the most nerve-wracking part of the job search process: the interview. But you’re not done yet. There are still some steps you need to take following the interview in order to prepare for the next stage.  After the interview is over, the job-decision process usually turns entirely to the employer. You’re in a holding pattern. However, you can take some steps to close the loop and prepare for your next application.  Here are a few steps you should take after a job interview:  Stay Levelheaded Maybe the interview went great, and you’re buzzing with the possibility of landing the… Read more »

LaborMax: Getting Bigger to Serve You Better

When you work with a staffing firm, there are two major qualities that you should look for. You want scope and you want a people-centered approach.  LaborMax provides both. And we have statistics to prove it.  New data released by Staffing Industry Analysts, or SIA, make it official: LaborMax has joined the ranks of the largest industrial staffing firms in the country.  The SIA, a research group dedicated to providing statistics on the recruiting and temporary staffing industry, listed LaborMax among the largest players in the industry, with $150 million in U.S. industrial temporary staffing revenue in 2018. This puts LaborMax among the top 50 firms… Read more »

General Labor: Do You Have What It Takes?

Success in any industry requires a mix of different skills. More than ever before, companies expect a lot from general labor positions.   Your employer will train you on the details of the job you are supposed to accomplish. But to exceed expectations, you’ll need a broad set of secondary abilities. These will allow you to impress your bosses, leading to opportunities to earn additional pay and to take on more interesting assignments.  Here are a few of the skills needed to succeed as a general laborer:  Reliability  The first thing any employer will look at: whether you show up.… Read more »

Safety Management Programs

Developing a strong safety awareness program provides a number of advantages. You involve everyone in the process of keeping the workplace safe, leading to fewer accidents and preventing many potential injuries.  Besides being the right thing to do, a well-developed safety program provides potential boost to the bottom line. It helps avoid costly work stoppages and reduces workers compensation claims.   However, to get your safety management program on track, you need to consider everyone’s role. It can be a complicated effort, making sure that everyone is on the same page and buys into the program.  Here are some of the steps you… Read more »

Choosing The Right Footwear To Keep You On Your Feet

Safety requires the right equipment. However, knowing what constitutes “the right equipment” can be harder than it seems. It’s relatively easy to figure out when you need things like helmets and safety glasses. However, many workers ignore their feet. They don’t think about the right footwear for their particular job, which can hurt productivity and lead to serious safety concerns.  The right footwear should both protect a worker from the dangers in their work environment, and provide the necessary comfort needed to keep going strong throughout a shift. Comfort may seem like a small concern (at least compared to safety). But if you spend long hours on… Read more »