Getting to Work On Time

It seems so simple during the day. You walk in 15 minutes late, harried, embarrassed, once again having to start your workday by apologizing to everyone. You vow it will never happen again. And at noon, you mean it. But, by six the next morning, you’re back hitting the snooze bar and the cycle starts up again. So how do you break out of it? Getting to work on time can be more complicated than it seems. When you use public transportation or when you have a long commute, getting to work can feel like planning the D-Day invasion. You… Read more »

Three Safety Procedures So Simple You Might Be Forgetting Them

Maintaining a safe workplace is everyone’s job: workers and managers alike! Though some safety procedures – like learning how to operate specific tools and machines – require training, other safety practices are falling-off-a-log easy. There are steps you can take every day to make your workplace safer. As you work hard day in and day out, always keep these three easy safety tips in mind: Protect your back. Did your parents ever tell you to stand up straight when you were younger? They weren’t wrong! Good posture is an easy way to prevent pain and injuries while working. Whether you… Read more »

How to Protect Your Workers During Cold and Flu Season

As cold weather approaches, so too does the spread of germs associated with cold and flu. Our immune systems have to work harder when it’s cold outside, plus the stress of the holiday season can leave many of us with less stamina to fight off the occasional illness. As an employer, you can take steps to help your workers stay healthy this season. Top ways to help labor staff stay healthy Encourage the following to help your labor and construction employees stay in good health during the colder months: Encourage flu shots. This is the number one way for warding… Read more »

4 Things to Do After You Interview for a Job With a Staffing Firm

It’s easy to think of a job interview as the end of the process. From then on, other people will determine what will happen with your career – your part is over. This feeling can be especially prevalent when you interview with a staffing firm. Their job is to find you work, right? What more is there to do, but wait for the phone to ring with your dream position? The truth is, there’s plenty for you to do after the interview is over. By actively following up, you maximize your chances of getting the best possible placement. Four steps… Read more »

4 Ways Working With a Recruiter Makes Your Job Easier

You know your business. You like to keep tabs on everything and make sure everything goes right. The first step in this process is getting the right employees. Why wouldn’t you want to oversee every step of the hiring process? If everything in the business flows from the people, why would you ever farm recruitment out to someone else? Let’s flip that around for a second. Because hiring forms the cornerstone of every other aspect of your business, why wouldn’t you want expert advice to get the best result? You don’t give up control. You just enhance your team’s skill… Read more »

Workplace Conversation Doesn’t Have to Be Awkward – Use These Tips!

Stepping into a new office can spark flashbacks to the first day of junior high. You’re back in the cafeteria, holding your tray, not sure where you’re supposed to sit. After all, starting a new job can be tough enough – getting used to a new boss, a new organization and a new job description – without adding the social aspect onto it. Getting to know your co-workers can stir up anxiety in even the most confident person. This can prove particularly difficult when you come into a situation as a temp. You’re moving in and out of jobs, making… Read more »

Four Things You Should Never Do Around Machinery

It’s up to you to keep yourself and others safe on the job. When you operate machinery at your worksite, it’s important to take all possible safety precautions. Four key safety practices for operating machines Aside from being trained and/or licensed to use specific machines, you can follow these four tips to help maintain a safe workplace: Don’t use machinery for anything other than its dedicated purpose. Never use machinery for tasks it was not meant to perform. By doing so, you can damage the machine by pushing it beyond its designated limits. Using machinery improperly can also put you… Read more »

Use This Key Strategy to Effectively Communicate Safety Requirements to Employees

Everyone knows safety practices are important. They’re a common component on every factory floor and construction site. But it’s critical for your labor staff to understand the extent of the consequences that can occur when safety procedures are ignored. Tell employees why—and don’t let them off easy! Safety policies and procedures are in place to prevent injuries and even death. They should be taken seriously and followed to the letter. Employees should understand by ignoring safety practices, they are putting themselves—and their fellow employees—in danger. Obviously, no one wants to find themselves in harm’s way, and no one wants the… Read more »

How to Write Your Very First Resume

Congratulations! Whether you’ve just finished high school, graduated with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree or completed a trade school course, you’re ready to enter the workforce! Your ticket to the working world is your resume. This allows employers to make the first cut when deciding who they will hire. Crafting that first resume can prove difficult. Much of the advice about how to organize and shape a resume assumes you have a wealth of experience to use. Your early-career version has special concerns to keep in mind. But don’t worry. We’re here to help. Here are four steps to writing… Read more »

Slowly But Surely: Building a Culture Founded on Safety

Safety is critical to the well-being of your employees and your business. Unlike other settings, labor and construction requires employees to work with tools, machinery and conditions that are more dangerous than many other jobs. For this reason, your staff must be properly trained on how to work within a construction and labor site. It helps to design and follow a strict safety program. How to implement a work site safety program Safety must become part of your company culture, just like punching the clock and taking breaks. Simply design your program specific to the ins and outs of your… Read more »