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 »

Tips for Including Temp Jobs on Your Resume

Careers unfold in funny ways. Starting out, we think the course of our professional lives will consist of a series of regular positions, hopefully representing a steady progression along our chosen track. But that kind of career is rare these days. Instead, the journey often includes detours along strange paths and into surprising cul-de-sacs. It’s not usually an unbroken string of full-time positions. Instead, it can involve long stints of temporary or contract positions. While this type of work experience is increasingly common, resumes can’t always capture the twists and turns. It’s relatively easy to summarize full-time positions, but what… Read more »

5 Tips for Starting a Temp Job

Starting a new temp job is exciting yet stressful. Walking into a new situation can be overwhelming, but it is important to tackle a temp assignment just as you’d tackle any other job. If you do well, your recruiter will be more likely to recommend you for future work and employers may be open to offering you a full-time role. Follow these five tips to set yourself up for success on a new temp assignment. One: Talk to Your Recruiter Before Your First Day Connect with your recruiter before your start date to make sure you have all of the… Read more »

How to Never Miss a Construction Project Deadline Again!

Missing a project deadline can be costly to your company. Whatever the reason, overshooting milestones and completion dates can cost you fines, can damage relationships and cause losses to your bottom line. Use these strategies to ensure you never miss a construction project deadline again. Hire Reliable People There are numerous factors you can’t control on a construction project, but the best way to ensure you can control as much as possible is to hire the right people from the beginning. Just one call off or no-show can set back a project by days or even weeks. Hiring reliable workers… Read more »

On-The-Job Accident? Here’s What You Need to Do

There are few things more disruptive than a workplace accident. Almost by definition, they come out of nowhere and the results can have long-lasting implications for both the employees and the company. The key to limiting those implications is knowing what to do when an accident takes place. If you learn the steps to take ahead of time, you can keep a cool head in a crisis. Notify Your Branch or Recruiter Once the immediate situation is stabilized, notify your LaborMAX branch or recruiter, as outlined in your LaborMAX worker safety training manual. It is important to notify your recruiter… Read more »

Common Myths About Company Culture

A lot of people talk about culture, but very few truly understand it. Culture commonly gets portrayed as whether a company is fun to work for, or as a boilerplate statement of inclusivity and community involvement it is often ignored and potentially mocked even by the people it impact most. Not to get too new-agey about it, but culture should represent a company’s spirit – the sum total of its ideals. This should include things like inclusivity and community involvement and (hopefully) a welcoming environment where people want to work, but it encompasses much more! Here are five prevalent myths… Read more »

6 Tips to Help You Stay Alert and Safe When Changing Shifts

Shift workers often change schedules quite often, putting them at higher risk for safety issues on the job. Changing shifts makes it impossible to have the luxuries of regular sleeping and eating schedules, which can lead to a constant state of fatigue. Here are six tips to help you stay alert and safe while changing shifts. One: Power Nap Power naps can be a great way to rest and recharge your batteries before a shift. The length of the nap depends on your personal needs and preferences. Some people feel refreshed after 20 minutes, others require an hour or more.… Read more »

How to Find a Job Using Social Media

We live in an age of theoretical limitless connections. The theoretical part is key, though. Despite all the potential in social media, much of the online world revolves around shallow topics and inane chatter. This can make it difficult to use social media to achieve real-life goals, such as finding a job. It’s not impossible though. By following a few simple guidelines, social media represents a great opportunity to accelerate your job search. It enables the widening of your networking effort, the efficient gathering of information and engagement with potential employers and staffing firms. Here are a few tips for… Read more »

Does Your Safety Plan Cover Your Bases?

Workplace safety plans are not something you can simply set and forget. They must be reviewed regularly to ensure that you are covering all your bases. However, there are no hard and fast rules as to how often you should review your plan. Revisions and updates will need to occur as often as necessary to keep your team safe. Use these guidelines to ensure your safety plan is thorough, accurate and updated regularly. Signals To Review Your Safety Plan There are numerous events that should trigger a safety review. They can include (but are not limited to): Moving to a… Read more »