Mental Health: The Newest Workplace Safety Topic

As an employer, the push for better mental health management has taken a front seat in today’s workplace. Sometimes, mental health issues can go undetected until it’s too late, and serious consequences occur—placing the person and others in danger. Beyond extreme situations, simply helping to boost the mental well-being of your workers will help improve job satisfaction, productivity and the mood of your work environment. Five Guidelines to Improve Workers’ Mental Health You can help to make yours an inclusive and supportive work environment with the following: Keep an open door. Let your workers know they can always talk to… Read more »

Five Body Language Tips to Help You Nail Your Next Interview

You’ve perfected your interview skills and chosen a killer outfit—and the body language you use when meeting with an interviewer is like the cherry on the top of your interview sundae. It helps you make a good impression on a hiring manager and showcase yourself as the professional you are, plus it helps you stick in the mind of your interviewer—all good things when you’re hoping to win a new job. Five tips for positive body language Body language helps you project confidence and positive energy. And during an interview, this helps give you an edge over your competition. To… Read more »

How to Know if You Need a Resume for Your Career

Apply for a banker position at Goldman Sachs or a coding job at Google, and you know you need a resume. For other positions, the process might seem less obvious. Light industrial jobs often fall in the grey area. Some companies require a formal resume as part of the application process. Other places might not. Instead, firms might rely on an application you fill out, either with old-fashioned paper and pen or on a computer. Often, these are available to complete online. Whether you’ll need a resume for a particular job should be clear from the position. The job posting… Read more »

How to Keep Your Young and Talented Employee

Imagine draft night. Your favorite team has the first pick. They select the teenage hot shot tearing up the college ranks. The air suddenly fills with hope and anticipation. Fast forward to three years later. Your budding superstar has turned around the team’s prospects. But it’s getting to the end of his rookie contract. Now, tension and doubt pervade every report. His every statement is scrutinized. Will he re-sign? Is he moving to greener pastures? When these kinds of stories happen in the sports world, they drive endless conversations and garner top-ranked positions on news sites. But a smaller version… Read more »

Keeping Workers Safe in the Digital Age

Technology makes the world go ‘round. Most of us rely on smart phones and mobile devices to connect to the world around us, and these devices make life a lot easier in many ways. However, on the production floor, cell phones can be a distraction that puts workers in danger. Since careful attention must be paid to operating tools and machinery, a ringing cell phone can quickly shift a worker’s focus and lead to injury—to themselves or others. It’s important to develop a workplace technology policy and then mandate all supervisors and managers enforce it. Cell phone and mobile device… Read more »

Motivating 2nd and 3rd Shift Workers

You’ve built an unbeatable machine…an efficient, well-motivated productivity machine. It’s the business equivalent of Seal Team Six or the 2016 Golden State Warriors. Well, at least that’s true about your first shift. On the second and third shift, things are a little less well-oiled. The energy and camaraderie dissipates at five o’clock every afternoon. Not that things are listless or unproductive overnight. Just a certain verve is missing once the traditional work day is over. Don’t blame the employees on the second or third shifts. It’s difficult to stay motivated in the overnight period. But it’s not an impossible task.… Read more »

4 Reasons Why You Never Heard Back After Your Last Interview

It’s stressful enough when it has to do with romance. But when you get ghosted after a job interview, it becomes a new level of tension. Think about the dating situation: You send a text. You expect to hear something back immediately. Good or bad, you’re prepared. But then, nothing. Hours go by. Then a day. Now it’s a couple days later and you still haven’t heard anything. Did they get the text at all? Did they see it and then forget? Do they just think you’re an unattractive goof? Did they get trapped under a fallen bookcase and are… Read more »

Working a Staffing Company Into Your 2019 Budget

Budget battles can get nasty. Every year, heads of departments enter the Game of Thrones-like competition for resources, figuratively trying to slit each other’s financial throats at a series of Red Wedding-style meetings. In that environment, it’s difficult to ask for more money for any new project. Which might make you squeamish about suggesting your company add a staffing company to your 2019 budget. But don’t be afraid to push for the services of a recruiter. Rather than putting a strain on resources, the long-term cost savings and efficiency gains garnered from using a staffing partner make it an excellent… Read more »

Dressing for Safety: Hats and Boots

Proper attire is essential for safety in the workplace. Your PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment, keeps you safe in more ways than one. Choosing the right head and foot gear is an easy way to protect everything from your vision to your balance. What to consider when choosing safety footwear: Your shoes or boots should be selected based on the job you’ll be performing. Your footwear provides traction, arch support and toe protection. It helps you avoid: Slips and falls. Injury from falling objects, punctures and electrical hazards. Fatigue in your legs and back. Extreme weather. Follow your employer’s directions… Read more »

The Benefits of Learning a Skilled Trade

The high school guidance counselor’s office. Talking about tests and schedules, getting brochures and advice. And all of it trying to steer you into college, and eventually some kind of office job. The office job thing sounded boring to you at the time and still seems like a deadly, clock-watching nightmare now. Is that the only path to success? Without a college degree, are you stuck on the road toward a Terminator Judgement Day-type hellscape, where robots will eventually transform every blue-collar worker into a permanently unemployed ward of the state? Luckily, the answer is a resounding “no.” There are… Read more »