Looking to Maximize Electrical Safety? Use These Tips

You know the basics of electrical safety. Still, it’s always possible to go further. As a professional electrician, you need to cover every angle.    After all, one mistake around electricity can mean severe injury or even death. Data show about 1,000 deaths per year caused by electrical injuries. And those are only the worst-case scenarios. About 30 times that number suffer non-fatal injuries.   Given the risks, it’s important to take advanced precautions. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure you maximize electrical safety when you’re on the job as an electrician:   Plan Your Attack Before you begin work on… Read more »

Why Food Service Can Be a Rewarding Career Choice

Food service positions are among the most recognizable jobs around. They are literally everywhere. But while food service provides an excellent way to earn a paycheck, does the industry represent a rewarding career choice?   It’s a long-range question. A large chunk of people will hold some kind of food-service position during the course of their lives. One study suggested that half of all adults will work in the industry at some point during their careers. The same figures noted that a third of people get their first professional experience in these roles.   Sure, it’s a good place to start, but do you want to stay there?… Read more »

5 Ways to Make Sure Your Employees Feel Appreciated

Thank you. I appreciate it. I value you so much. That’s not so hard, is it?    Of course, making your employees feel appreciated isn’t quite as easy as just saying it out loud. That tactic for spreading good vibes is easy (and free). But, in a professional environment, the process can get more complex.   Still, it’s essential to figure out a way to send that message. One study suggested that providing a sense of gratitude boosted productivity by 50%. That’s a significant gain from a little appreciation.   So how do you do it? How do you impart that thankful feeling, beyond just… Read more »

How to Move into a Leadership Position at Work

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To sustain success, companies always need to plan for the future. That means opportunity for you. No matter what you’ve been hired to do, you can eventually move into a leadership position at work.   As you walk into a job interview, a potential employer might be hiring for a production position. But keep a long-term view in mind. As time passes, the firm will need new team leaders and shift supervisors. With the right skills and background, that could be you.   What does it take to make this transition? How can you move from your current role to a job with… Read more »

Can Over-Communication Improve Workplace Safety?

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Communication is crucial for developing a culture of workplace safety. You need to figure out how to make safety training more fun and engaging, and how to encourage people to retain that information over the long haul. A healthy back-and-forth between employees and management can turn well-meaning objectives into a well-run routine of compliance.    Often, regular levels of communication aren’t enough. Repetition and reinforcement turn procedures into practice. Over-communication, then, becomes the key to improving workplace safety over the long haul.   Another Kind of Safe Space   The idea of safety has many different meanings. In business, we usually mean protecting… Read more »

Quick Tips to Help You Earn a Larger Paycheck

When you work a light industrial job, employers often treat you like a cog in a machine. It’s an attitude that can lead companies to undervalue your contribution. That’s a mistake. You’re a unique mix of skills and experience. You should be paid what you’re worth.   But how do you make this happen? How can you get respect and earn a larger paycheck?  Obviously, companies like to keep costs as low as possible. Firms tend minimize raises, and often hand out less money than they budgeted for. Your challenge is to find a way to pry open your employer’s wallet.  With that in mind, here are some quick tips that will help you earn a… Read more »

Learn How to Embrace Change in the Workplace

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Business success requires constant improvement. If you need proof, just look at a picture of the cell phone you were using 7 years ago. (It’s a wonder you could even function.) But this relentless drive for progress can sometimes become unsettling. It’s important to ease the path by learning how to embrace change in the workplace.   In biology, evolution comes about as a result of a natural process. In business, progress requires more thought. It takes planning and execution to position your company for the next stage of market development. In other words, you need everyone on board in order… Read more »

Should I Take a Job for the Experience?

smiling female distribution worker wearing a hardhat and safety vest

Everyone needs to pay their dues. You can’t make a career overnight… it’s a long, painstaking process. In other words, you can’t expect to step directly into your dream job. Instead, you need to take jobs that give you experience and develop your professional prospects over time.    Still, this dynamic leads to an important question: should you take a job solely for experience? Can you completely ignore present-day considerations and focus entirely on building your resume for the future?   There’s certainly a long-term benefit to gaining experience. One study showed that more than 9 out of 10 (91%) of employers want applicants… Read more »

5 Keys to Loading Dock Safety

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Loading docks provide your company’s connection to the outside world. Raw materials come in. Finished products go out. Maintaining a rapid and efficient pace is a crucial part of a healthy business.   But keep that word “healthy” in mind. Loading docks don’t just exist as the crossroads of commerce. They also represent significant safety hazards. Maintaining a high level of loading dock safety is a key step in protecting everyone’s health and keeping your business humming.   With all the activity that takes place on the loading dock, it’s no surprise that they become a hive of potential injury. One study… Read more »

You Made It! 2020 Is Almost a Wrap – Time to Set Your 2021 Career Goals

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The New Year’s celebrations this year will have a bitter/sweet character. Social distancing will likely put a damper on party plans. That’s the bitter part. The sweet part? Well, at least 2020 is finally over…   This fact leads to an obvious question: what’s in store for 2021? Like in the previous year, much of what will happen will remain out of your control. Still, there are ways to take some charge, especially in the realm of your career development.    Yep, 2020 is almost a wrap. But don’t take too much time celebrating. The end of the year just means it’s… Read more »