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 »

5 Tips for Conducting Virtual Interviews

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2020 has changed the way we think about many things, from masks to social gatherings to toilet paper inventories. In the recruiting world, this reassessment has had the most dramatic impact on the way companies gather information from job candidates. Suddenly, good HR efforts are defined by how well they conduct virtual interviews.    The spread of COVID has accelerated a move toward virtual interviews. One study indicated that 86% of organizations are using the technique in their hiring process. Clearly, this method of talking to candidates has become a central part of every HR toolkit.   Even as virtual interviews rise in popularity,… Read more »

How To Deal With a Sick Coworker

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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 »