How To Deal With a Sick Coworker

male construction worker coughing

COVID has put many activities into a new perspective. What was once an annoyance (like, your next-door cubicle neighbor coughing) has been upgraded to a dire warning. The outbreak has changed the rules for dealing with a sick coworker.    Once upon a time (like in 2019), showing up at work when you were sick didn’t constitute a big deal. In fact, companies often tacitly encouraged their employees to push through illness and stay productive. That willingness to ignore symptoms and to continue to work helped define a good employee.   The spread of a deadly pandemic has changed that sort of… Read more »

Footwear Safety – a Buyer’s Guide to Choosing Proper Work Boots

How often do you think about your feet? They provide the base (literally) of almost everything you do. Yet, people tend to make them an afterthought, especially when on the job.   This is a mistake. Proper footwear can make the difference between a good day and a bad day at work. More than that, the right work boot represents an important piece of safety equipment. In that way, your footwear can also mean the difference between life and death, or at least an important tool to avoid serious injury.   You may think that’s an exaggeration, but feet represent a major… Read more »

Social Distancing In The Warehouse – How To Keep Your Team Healthy in 2020

Team of warehouse workers wearing face masks at a meeting with a supervisor

Conducting business during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a re-evaluation of many safety procedures involving the spread of disease. Nowhere is this more apparent than in warehouses – a section of most facilities where social distancing is often particularly difficult. Despite the challenges, it’s important to set the highest possible standards of infection management. Maintaining strict policies in the warehouse provides a crucial step in keeping your team healthy in 2020 and beyond.   Enacting effective social-distancing policies in a warehouse poses a daunting problem. When things are working right, a warehouse becomes a buzzing hive of activity. Inventory moves where… Read more »

How Do I Look For a New Job While Still Employed?

To push your career forward, you have to seek out fresh opportunities. That means never being satisfied with the status quo. As part of this aggressive approach, you might need to look for a new job while still employed at your current position.   Don’t feel bad. This isn’t like a personal relationship. Flirting with other employers while you hold down a job isn’t the professional equivalent of cheating. It’s extremely common. One study showed that 70% of workers are actively seeking out a fresh position.   Common as the practice is, chasing these career upgrades takes some nuance and tact. It may not be cheating… Read more »

Looking for a Production Job? Be Prepared for These 10 Interview Questions

Competition for production jobs in the light industrial space can be tight. The interview gives you the best chance to separate yourself from the competition. That means being prepared. You have to think about the questions you’ll likely receive and figure out what answers put you in the best position to score the gig.   After all, you only get so much time to make your case. Interviews give you a tiny window of time to show off your skills. As such, you want to pack as much punch as possible into each answer you give.    With that in mind, here are ten… Read more »

8 Safety Hazards All Plumbers Should Be Aware Of

Plumbers show up in the strangest places. Unlike many other workers, your business takes you to a different location almost every day. You continuously find yourself in unfamiliar workplaces…which means you also face a new set of safety hazards in every new environment.   People who head to a factory or an office for a living have a limited number of safety hazards to worry about. They can learn the dangers of their environment and develop habits to avoid them. It becomes second nature.   Plumbing assignments don’t let you do that. You have to reassess your situation continually, as your work environment changes… Read more »

How to Demonstrate Your Light Industrial Industry Knowledge During an Interview

In a job interview, you have to tell a big story in very little time. You need to boil down a lifetime’s worth of experience into a few relatively short answers. To make the best of your opportunity, you need to understand how to demonstrate your knowledge of the light industrial industry in a brief span of time.   It can be a difficult task. The interviewers might not ask the questions you expect. Certain topics might not even come up. It’s important to have a general strategy that lets you highlight your experience, no matter where the conversation goes.   How do you… Read more »

Too Good to be True? Ways to Spot Lies on a Resume

It’s the workplace version of catfishing. You receive a resume that looks amazing. You schedule an interview, full of optimism and excitement. Then: the letdown. When you finally meet the candidate, you realize the resume was full of lies.   It can lead to significant losses. On a basic level, you waste valuable interview time uncovering a scam. Beyond that, though, you incur a high opportunity cost. There’s another qualified candidate out there that you didn’t invite to an interview because you gave a liar the opportunity.   There are ways to avoid this trap. You can create systems within your recruitment… Read more »

Owning Up to Your Mistakes at Work

Oops. Uh-oh. Oh…you get the point. Something went wrong, and it’s your fault. Now you have to figure out how to respond.    Owning up to a mistake at work can be a scary proposition. Your job could hang in the balance. You need to fix the problem while still protecting your future with the company. Here are a few things to keep in mind:   Defining the Situation   There are a few dynamics to consider when plotting your response to a mistake. Context matters. Your first step should involve defining the situation and understanding the implications. This will help you plan out what… Read more »

Safety 101: How Often Do Industrial Employees Need Workplace Safety Training?

Safety starts at the front lines. That means it starts with your employees. As in any industrial workplace, your workers provide the primary defense against accidents and injuries. They enact policies and procedures on an everyday basis that protect everyone’s health.    Training is key to that process. Give your workers the instruction they need, and your workplace will remain as safe as possible. But you need to balance these training sessions with productive output. So how much is enough? How often do industrial employees need workplace safety training?   Here are a few things to keep in mind as you answer… Read more »