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 »

Time for a Change: Obvious Signs You Should Quit Your Job

What a day! We all say this to ourselves from time to time, because no job is perfect. Everyone gets their fair share of difficult coworkers, challenging tasks and off days. It’s part of being human and a member of the working world. But when you find yourself saying this more often than not, and you just aren’t happy, something’s got to give. So when do you know if you’re dealing with a normal Case of the Mondays—or the issues you’re facing at work are a much bigger concern? Five Screaming Indications It’s Time to Move On If you think… Read more »

Do You Have a Workplace Bully? Here is How to Manage Them

You thought it disappeared from your life after junior high, along with school dances and lunch money. But here you are, a full-fledged career person, fending off a bully. Besides flashbacks to your 12-year-old nightmares, facing an aggressive and overbearing co-worker can damage your near-term career prospects. It creates a distraction that is difficult to ignore and saps the confidence you need to succeed. Not to mention the emotional toll of dealing with the bully from day to day. In the junior high days, a fight by the bike rack might solve the problem, one way or another. That is… Read more »

Keep Growing: Why Team Education Helps Everyone

How much time do you spend training your employees? Before labor staff begins a new job, they’re trained on their individual job roles. But ongoing education is also important to help your worker stay productive. Changes in processes and technology require follow-up training so workers stay up-to-speed, and reminder training is also a good way to help your policies and procedures stay top-of-mind with your workers. Five Advantages of Regular Employee Education You may be concerned with the price of training because it takes time and money—but can your business afford to live with the consequences of not training your… Read more »

What to Do After You’ve Accepted a New Job

Receiving the offer of a new job can prompt some of the most unalloyed feelings of joy possible. For a moment, at least. But soon, the rush of euphoria and the unabashed kitchen-dancing subsides, and different feelings begin to bubble up. Anticipation. Nervousness. Worry. Going into a new situation can cause stress. Even though your new job represents a great opportunity, it’s natural to feel a little apprehensive. The best cure is to prepare. Get everything set for the first day so you don’t add to your jitters with disorganization and uncertainty. Here are six items to keep in mind… Read more »

Simple Steps to Managing a Team that Doesn’t Get Along

The more diverse your workplace, the more you’ll have differing opinions. This can be good because conflict—when resolved positively—can lead to improvements in products, services, communication, and company culture. If you have a team that just doesn’t really get along, you may notice conflicts popping up frequently, and this can add to tension in your workplace. But you can take steps to help manage your team through all conflicts. Five Steps to Resolve Conflicts Between Employees No workplace is perfect and people are bound to disagree. You can help to smooth things over and build peace with the following: Stay… Read more »

Three Non-Traditional Ways to Find New Candidates

Doing things the same old way leads to the same old results. Also, it represents a good way to get left behind. When you dig yourself into the current standards – never experimenting, never introducing new elements – you doom yourself to eventual obsolescence. You strive hard not to let this happen to your products. Don’t let it happen to your hiring techniques either. And it’s not just a concern for the future. An overreliance on traditional recruitment techniques causes an immediate problem in a time of tight labor markets. Unemployment rates are low. Workers are primed to move, looking… Read more »