“What is Your Biggest Weakness?”

An interview gives you a chance to brag about your accomplishments and highlight your most marketable skills. Given that context, no one wants to bring up their less-than-stellar qualities. That’s why job seekers have come to dread the classic interview momentum-killer: “what’s your biggest weakness?” But you don’t have to cringe when you hear this question. With the right preparation and some thoughtful strategy, you can turn the question to your advantage. More than just getting through the question with the minimum damage, you’ll have an answer that can actively help your case. With that in mind, here are a… Read more »

Create a More Inclusive Workplace

Encouraging inclusion and diversity leads to many business benefits. However, these can be hard to achieve. As a result, you need to take active steps to create a more inclusive workplace. Unfortunately, many employers struggle to implement this kind of inclusion. As an example, look at how men and women perceive their workplaces. A study conducted by Culture Amp showed a gap between how comfortable men and women feel about sharing their professional opinions. Just look at the data. Of men surveyed, 79% felt they could “voice a contrary opinion without fear of negative consequences.” The figure for women? Only… Read more »

On-The-Job Training, What Does It Mean?

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Impatient about classroom learning? Ready to jump right into a profession? On-the-job training can provide an excellent way to fast-track your career. The on-the-job strategy might be more popular than you think. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that there are around 585,000 active apprenticeships in the country. All told, these professions provide jobs for nearly 6 million people. Some of these jobs fall into the entry-level category. You don’t need much experience to land the gig, so you can’t expect much money when you get hired. However, that’s not universally true. The Labor Department data highlights this fact. Many… Read more »

How to Get Your Employees to Care About Safety

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Let’s face it: safety regulations can get annoying. Sure, they save lives and limit risks. But they also slow down production and complicate operations. That’s why you need every member of your staff to buy-in. Otherwise, people will ignore the rules. They’ll cut corners to simplify their days. For this reason, it’s crucial to get your employees to care about safety. Without that commitment, you’ll never get the compliance you need. Communicate the Importance of a Safe Environment Don’t just tell your employees what to do. Explain why they should do it. In other words, let them know the potential… Read more »

Tips for Finding Work Right After High School

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Graduation is coming up soon. What will you do next? You’ve probably got teachers and family members pushing you to go to college. But there are other options. You can also jump start your working life by finding a job right after high school. More than 3.5 million people complete high school each year. Less than two thirds of these will go on to college. That leaves more than 1 million recent graduates who head right into the working world. How can you stand out in this crowd? To figure that out, here are some tips for finding work right… Read more »

How Many Warnings Before You Should Fire Someone

2 male employees having a disagreement in a warehouse

It’s a frustrating situation. You have one team member who always falls behind or who always delivers low-quality work. You’ve tried talking to them, but it hasn’t helped. How long until you should consider an extreme approach? In other words, how many warnings should you give before you fire someone? Making the right choice represents a major responsibility. Letting someone go means taking away their livelihood. At the same time, you can’t let a terrible employee hold back the rest of the company. You need to weigh the decision carefully. There are steps you can take that will increase your… Read more »

What To Do If You Miss Your Interview

Your car breaks down. You forget about daylight savings time. Your kid gets violently ill. A close relative passes away. In other words, things happen. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you end up missing your job interview. Now what? Missing an interview serves as a deal-breaker for many employers. At the very least, it means you’ll have to work harder to overcome the negative first impression. After all, nearly three quarters of all interviews end in disappointment anyway. Add a cancellation and your chances plummet. Even so, you can still save the situation. In fact, you can make significant strides… Read more »

April Showers Bring Warehouse Hazards

We often look at spring as a time of renewal. Goodbye, grey winter. Hello, bright summer. But spring comes with its own safety risks. Wet conditions caused by rain showers or by melting snow can create slipping hazards for your warehouse. Even in the best of conditions, slip and trip dangers represent some of the biggest warehouse safety concerns. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips, and falls lead to more than a million hospital emergency room visits each year. That equates to 12% of total falls. Meanwhile, OSHA reports that nearly 700 fatalities a year result from slips,… Read more »

Jobs You Can Get with Little or No Experience

Jumpstarting a career can prove difficult. Landing jobs is hard if you don’t have a lengthy resume to help you get your foot in the door. Often, to build up experience, you need to take the jobs you can get with little or no experience. The trick: knowing which of these positions is for you. Finding the right entry-level gig will get your professional life headed in the right direction. With that in mind, here are a few jobs you can land without a lengthy work history: Flaggers When you see road construction, the area is usually marked off by… Read more »

How to Reassure Your Candidates That Your Position Is Safe…and Get Them to Apply

Hopefully, the COVID outbreak is finally subsiding. However, that doesn’t mean everything will immediately go back to pre-pandemic conditions. Many job candidates will remain concerned about safety, both for COVID and for any other medical threats that may come up in the future. That creates a crucial communication responsibility. You need to indicate your commitment to safety right at the beginning of the recruitment process. To get people to apply to your open jobs, you need to create procedures to reassure your candidates that a position is safe. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make job… Read more »