How to Manage a Contract Employee

Temporary workers offer obvious benefits. They provide additional flexibility for your organization, open a way to control costs and offer a potential pool of talent to draw on for future full-time hires. That said, unlocking the full potential of contract employees can involve some finesse. Since their incentives and schedules are different from your full-timers, they pose some different managerial challengers. How to Manage Contract Employees Make Them Feel Like Part of the Team Sometimes it’s hard to integrate temporary workers into the culture of a company. As their title of “temp” implies, they are often in your office for… Read more »

Construction Workplace Safety Checklist: Seven Areas to Account For

Everyone wants to return home from a hard day’s work safe and sound. That’s why construction site safety is important for everyone involved on the job. Seven construction safety steps to follow By following a few key safety steps, you can help make your worksite hazard-free for yourself and your co- workers: Understand your job. The first rule of safety is being prepared. Before you begin your construction job, be sure you understand what you need to do and how to properly use all equipment. If you have questions—ask! Never attempt a job you haven’t been trained for. Take your… Read more »

Need a Job Fast? 7 Reasons to Consider a Temporary Job

You’ve been out of work for a while now and you’re starting to get worried. You’ve had some nibbles, but nothing has clicked yet and you’re getting to the end of your options. However, you’re reluctant to look into a temporary position. We get it. You want the benefits and long-term security that come with a full-time position. But how secure was your last full-time gig? In today’s economy, much of the perceived security of full-time positions can prove fleeting. Meanwhile, there are several benefits to temporary assignments that make them a terrific way to get back into the working… Read more »

Do You Need Transportation Staff? Here’s How to Hire the Best

Transportation represents a key part of your business. Pick your pun: it’s a key driver; it keeps your business trucking; it’s the last mile for your products. OK, we’ll knock it off…but you get the point: Getting a quality transportation staff is important. However, there are problems to the sector that make it difficult to keep up a top-notch team on your own. Cost and scheduling concerns make hiring full-time drivers difficult. That’s why it’s key to find a partner. Finding a quality staffing firm to help put together your transportation team eliminates many of the issues that commonly come… Read more »

What is a Flagger Proficiency Test?

In many parts of the country, construction must be done almost exclusively during the warmer months of the year. Our roads and highways often need work due to wear and tear from winter elements or just general improvements. During construction, traffic must be redirected and controlled. Flaggers work on roadway construction sites directing traffic with flags and other signs. They have a key role in keeping workers, motorists (and themselves!) safe from oncoming traffic so construction progress can continue. Keeping the construction site safe As oncoming traffic presents a direct hazard to the safety of all workers on a roadway… Read more »

Signs of Heat Illness (And How to Prevent It!)

As the weather heats up, working outdoors can become more dangerous. This is especially true for those whose work involves strenuous physical activity, such as construction workers. Outdoor workers don’t have the comfort of an air-conditioned office space, so it’s vital to understand how to work safely in summer weather conditions. The dangers of heat-related illness When your body becomes overheated in the hot summer months, you can suffer from a range of heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rash and even sunburn. The severest of these is heat stroke, which can result in unconsciousness, organ… Read more »

Implementing a New Safety Plan? Here’s the #1 Key to Success

Maintaining a safe workplace is the best thing you can do to ensure the success of your business. So it’s important to take steps to develop and implement a safety plan your workers can follow every day on the job. The number-one way to design the most effective safety plan is by incorporating the expertise of those closest to the work—your employees! As first-hand observers of daily operations, your staff can suggest steps you can take to improve any potential safety concerns in your workplace. How to develop and implement your work site safety plan As you design your plan… Read more »

Want to Be a More Effective Manager? Here Are 5 Tips to Adopt

After years of working up the corporate ladder, you’ve finally been put in charge. You’re a manager. A leader. The field general of an efficient, finely tuned money-making force. So, why doesn’t anyone listen to you? Just because you hold the title of “manager” doesn’t immediately engender respect and loyalty from the people who work for you. Those qualities must be earned. Being in charge often means slogging through complicated, thankless, dourly political tasks that just seem to make everyone mad. But don’t despair. There are ways to build respect and create a meaningful relationship with the rest of the… Read more »

4 Tips to Help You Turn a Temporary Job Into a Perm Position

Companies commonly use temporary assignments as stepping stones to permanent positions. This provides a lot of structural value – both for employers and for workers. Employers don’t get locked into expensive and potentially unfortunate hires. Meanwhile, workers get to try a situation before making a firm long-term commitment. While this sort of “minor league” system has many benefits, making the jump to a permanent position can prove difficult. Just like making the big leagues in baseball, you must beat out competition and prove your long-term value, before getting a shot at “the show.” Here are four tips on how to… Read more »

How to Conduct a Safety Audit

During Workplace Safety Month, we reflect on the value of safety precautions and their role in protecting workers. A safety audit is one way to review your company’s safety plan and ensure it’s up to date and compliant with safety standards and regulations. How to audit your safety plan A safety audit is an evaluation of your workplace activities and your process for safety management. They are frequently conducted by an external third party and aren’t held as frequently as safety inspections, which are usually handled in-house. Safety audits review the effectiveness of your current workplace health and safety procedures.… Read more »