Are Your Employees Able to Spot Workplace Violence?

Awareness of the danger posed by school shooters has risen dramatically in recent years, fueled by the barrage of tragic headlines we receive far too often. The threat has become something that teachers, administrators, and even the kids have to worry about on a regular basis, punctuated by “live shooter” drills and increased security. So, schools have gotten the message. But have other workplaces? The threat of violence goes well beyond the educational sphere. It can potentially impact any office or factory floor. And while the danger from things like mass shootings prompt the most headlines, those kinds of attacks… Read more »

Job Search Tips for the Rest of 2019

The job market constantly evolves. Twenty years ago, you read paper newspapers to find job postings and had to stay near your house phone to wait for companies to call you back. Ten years ago, it was all job sites and maybe some message boards. Now, social media, the gig economy and an emphasis on employer branding play an increasing part, once again complicating the process of finding a position. Another year, another set of changes in the mix of potential job-search tools. So, what’s the best combination of techniques to use in 2019 and beyond? Here solutions for your… Read more »

How Costly Can it Be to Make the Wrong Hire?

What happens when your new hire is a bad hire? Every employer hopes this isn’t the case, but unfortunately it’s a costly mistake to make. When calculating the cost of a bad hire, you need to take into consideration both direct and indirect costs—and they add up! Direct Costs of a Bad Hire When calculating how much a poor hiring choice cost your company, factor in:  The Hiring Process – From advertising an open position to reviewing resumes, interviewing and negotiating an offer—how many hours and individuals were involved to bring the bad hire onboard? Consider their pay per hour… Read more »

4 Major Signs Your Staff is Overworked

Few things bring more joy to the workplace than a set of dedicated employees. It’s heartening (and profitable) to have the kind of staff that will work all manner of overtime to achieve the company’s goals. But just because they are willing to work that overtime, doesn’t mean you should let them. Think of dedication like gasoline for a car. Burn through all the gas in your tank, without stopping at a service station, and eventually, your car will sputter and die. Similarly, if you let your employees burn through their dedication for their jobs, they’ll eventually start looking for… Read more »

Is Your Resume Too Long? Here is How to Cut the Clutter

In search of your next job? You want to take all the steps to put yourself at the top of the stack. You can imagine how many resumes a recruiter, employer or hiring manager may be facing for an open position—so you want yours to be memorable (in a good way) and easy to skim. The key to the best resume is to include only relevant information, cut out anything unnecessary, and spike out the highlights. Ten Things to Remove From Your Resume Right Now: Maybe you’re not sure what can stay and what should go! Just follow this guide… Read more »

Don’t Let Your Night Time Shift Affect Your Decision Making

Moving to the night shift represents a potentially difficult transition. In the abstract, eight hours might seem like eight hours, whenever they take place during a 24-hour period. But that’s not how most people are wired. Most people have a natural tendency to perform tasks during the daylight hours and sleep when it’s dark out – that’s probably not shocking information. Reversing those situations can lead to significant problems if you don’t prepare sufficiently. Working a night shift when you’re unaccustomed to the schedule can diminish your ability to make good decisions. This can hurt your work performance, cutting into… Read more »

Keys to Employee Training: Be Consistent

What is the value of clear communication? It helps your training stick in the minds of your new employees! Training is a valuable part of any new hire’s first experiences with your company—helping them learn more about your company, their role and what you expect. So to make your training efforts the most effective, it’s good to be consistent. Four Ways to Keep Your Message Clear During Training Keeping a constant message during the training process is key to helping your new employees learn and stay motivated. To do this, follow these top tips: Map Out Your Program-Don’t conduct training… Read more »

“Invisible” Risks That Could Be Making Your Team Less Safe

Some safety risks are very obvious. That barrel oozing with the unidentifiable green liquid that kicks up little puffs of vapor every time a drop hits the floor. That giant crushing machine, with the precarious, wobbly foothold where you have to stand in order feed materials into the great blade-spinning maw. And a million other less dramatic high, sharp, toxic or slippery items stored around the workplace. But other risks are less immediately evident. However, because they don’t stand out as much, these less apparent risks can, in their way, pose a greater threat. At least the oozing barrel and… Read more »

Watch Your Back! Safety Tips to Prevent Back Injuries

Did you know more than one million on-the-job back injuries are reported each year? That’s disappointing odds considering the health of your back is largely something you can control. Don’t become a statistic! It’s up to you to keep your back feeling and functioning at its best. Five Ways to Protect Your Back at Work You can save yourself discomfort, medical bills, and diminished work performance by keeping your back in the best possible health. It’s easy when you follow a few key tips: Stretch –The muscles in your legs must make up some slack when you lift objects—so you’re… Read more »

Don’t Get Fired: 5 Ways to Stand Out

You show up on time. You get your work done well and you always complete it on time. You don’t talk back to your boss. You don’t steal office supplies or you don’t belong to any paramilitary organizations with questionable politics. Why would you ever get fired? Being good at your job may seem sufficient to keep that position long term. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. You don’t have to do something wrong to get fired. Companies shuffle their workforces all the time. Management changes, layoffs, mergers – any decision that takes place in a far-off executive board room… Read more »