Tips for The First Day on Your New Job

First days are hard. Remember walking into kindergarten for the first time? Well, the initial shift at a new employer can have the same vibe. Don’t let anxieties take over though. Starting a new gig should be an exciting experience. You just need to get in the right mindset and take the necessary steps to set yourself up for success. Here are a few tips to make your first day on the new job a great start to the next stage of your career: Learn as Much as Possible Ahead of Time Don’t go into your first day cold. Rather,… Read more »

Proper Lifting: Not Just in the Warehouse, But in the Office Too

Gravity doesn’t work differently in the back office than it does in the warehouse. Bad lifting technique can lead to back injuries as easily among a set of cubicles as it can near a forklift. That’s why proper lifting is crucial, whether in the warehouse or in the office. It’s an important topic. Government data show that back complaints represent a substantial portion of non-fatal workplace injuries each year. To avoid this, you need to know the right way to approach something heavy. With this in mind, treat proper lifting as an important safety issue. Learn the right steps and… Read more »

MUST Do Tips to Get a Job, Fast

Sometimes you can’t get picky about your job search. You need to start earning a paycheck quickly. In those circumstances, there are a few tips you can follow to help you land a job fast. When you’re out of a job, the worries mount quickly. How will you pay your bills? Can you get your career back on track after an extended bout of unemployment? What should you do with your time while you wait for the right position? This is made worse by the fact that unemployment can often drag on for months. In May 2021, the average length… Read more »

Your New Hire Failed a Background Check, Now What?

You’ve found the perfect job candidate. You’re so excited that you issue an offer even as you run through the final stages of your due diligence. Then, you hit a major snag: a failed background check. Now what? Do you rescind the offer? Hire them anyway? These questions don’t have an easy answer. It largely depends on the situation. You have to take the results of background checks seriously, even while you weigh the particular circumstances. Background checks represent a common part of the recruiting process. Statistics indicate that nearly three quarters of employers (72%) run them as they consider… Read more »

How to Better Balance Work and Family

We often think about the term “success” as it relates to our working lives. But the word can have a broader definition, one that goes beyond just getting the highest salary or landing the next promotion. Achieving this kind of success means creating a meaningful balance between your work life and your family responsibilities. Unfortunately, this can prove difficult. The vast majority of workers sacrifice their home lives to their professional goals. For instance, one survey showed that two-thirds of employees don’t feel they have a good work/life balance. This can have long-ranging impacts. You can lose precious moments with… Read more »

Flagger Safety Tips

Flaggers have a crucial role in any road construction crew. This fact makes the job an in-demand position. However, it comes with its share of risks. That’s why it’s important to learn the core safety rules that come with being a flagger. Road construction represents a dangerous gig in general. According to a review of five years worth of statistics, an average of 89 people die each year as a result of accidents at road construction sites. Within these already dangerous working conditions, flaggers face some of the biggest perils. Responsible for controlling traffic, they operate closest to passing vehicles.… Read more »

“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?

A supervisor giving instruction to a small group of new employees

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

A group of warehouse employees wearing safety vests, talking

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 »