5 Tips for Starting a Temp Job

Starting a new temp job is exciting yet stressful. Walking into a new situation can be overwhelming, but it is important to tackle a temp assignment just as you’d tackle any other job. If you do well, your recruiter will be more likely to recommend you for future work and employers may be open to offering you a full-time role. Follow these five tips to set yourself up for success on a new temp assignment. One: Talk to Your Recruiter Before Your First Day Connect with your recruiter before your start date to make sure you have all of the… Read more »

Spotlight on Workplace Safety Month: Seven Things You Can Do

June is National Safety Month, developed by the National Safety Council to help reduce common causes of work site injury. It’s also the perfect time to revisit what you can do to keep yourself and those around you safe on the job. Seven ways to stay safe at work Your work site has safety procedures you’re expected to follow. They’re part of your training and how you conduct your daily work. These are in place for you and those around you—so you can rest easy knowing you’re protected as you work with equipment that could be dangerous if handled improperly.… Read more »

How to Never Miss a Construction Project Deadline Again!

Missing a project deadline can be costly to your company. Whatever the reason, overshooting milestones and completion dates can cost you fines, can damage relationships and cause losses to your bottom line. Use these strategies to ensure you never miss a construction project deadline again. Hire Reliable People There are numerous factors you can’t control on a construction project, but the best way to ensure you can control as much as possible is to hire the right people from the beginning. Just one call off or no-show can set back a project by days or even weeks. Hiring reliable workers… Read more »

On-The-Job Accident? Here’s What You Need to Do

There are few things more disruptive than a workplace accident. Almost by definition, they come out of nowhere and the results can have long-lasting implications for both the employees and the company. The key to limiting those implications is knowing what to do when an accident takes place. If you learn the steps to take ahead of time, you can keep a cool head in a crisis. Notify Your Branch or Recruiter Once the immediate situation is stabilized, notify your LaborMAX branch or recruiter, as outlined in your LaborMAX worker safety training manual. It is important to notify your recruiter… Read more »

Common Myths About Company Culture

A lot of people talk about culture, but very few truly understand it. Culture commonly gets portrayed as whether a company is fun to work for, or as a boilerplate statement of inclusivity and community involvement it is often ignored and potentially mocked even by the people it impact most. Not to get too new-agey about it, but culture should represent a company’s spirit – the sum total of its ideals. This should include things like inclusivity and community involvement and (hopefully) a welcoming environment where people want to work, but it encompasses much more! Here are five prevalent myths… Read more »

6 Tips to Help You Stay Alert and Safe When Changing Shifts

Shift workers often change schedules quite often, putting them at higher risk for safety issues on the job. Changing shifts makes it impossible to have the luxuries of regular sleeping and eating schedules, which can lead to a constant state of fatigue. Here are six tips to help you stay alert and safe while changing shifts. One: Power Nap Power naps can be a great way to rest and recharge your batteries before a shift. The length of the nap depends on your personal needs and preferences. Some people feel refreshed after 20 minutes, others require an hour or more.… Read more »

How to Find a Job Using Social Media

We live in an age of theoretical limitless connections. The theoretical part is key, though. Despite all the potential in social media, much of the online world revolves around shallow topics and inane chatter. This can make it difficult to use social media to achieve real-life goals, such as finding a job. It’s not impossible though. By following a few simple guidelines, social media represents a great opportunity to accelerate your job search. It enables the widening of your networking effort, the efficient gathering of information and engagement with potential employers and staffing firms. Here are a few tips for… Read more »

Does Your Safety Plan Cover Your Bases?

Workplace safety plans are not something you can simply set and forget. They must be reviewed regularly to ensure that you are covering all your bases. However, there are no hard and fast rules as to how often you should review your plan. Revisions and updates will need to occur as often as necessary to keep your team safe. Use these guidelines to ensure your safety plan is thorough, accurate and updated regularly. Signals To Review Your Safety Plan There are numerous events that should trigger a safety review. They can include (but are not limited to): Moving to a… Read more »

3 Signs You Need to Replace an Employee (And Where To Start)

Obvious reasons to fire someone: catch them in blatant, rampant embezzlement; grow tired of their constant sexist and racist diatribes; lose patience as they continually show up to customer meetings wearing a mesh muscle shirt and parachute pants. Most of the time, though, situations don’t offer such clarity. By and large, employees will meet the minimum standards of office behavior and achieve at least bare minimum level of competence in their job performance. But staying just this side of terrible doesn’t guarantee a job for life though. There are some subtler signs that it’s time for an employee to go.… Read more »

5 Tips to Streamline Your Job Search (Fast!)

Pick your metaphor: running in place, spinning your wheels, getting stuck on the treadmill. You started your job search with such hope and enthusiasm, but as days became weeks and then became (*gulp*) months, it has evolved from an adventure into a grind. Part of the problem might be your approach. Unless you target your job search appropriately, it’s easy for things to get off track. But there is hope. Streamlining your approach can lead to improved results, making your job search more efficient and ultimately more effective. Here are five tips to make that possible: Determine Your Goals There’s… Read more »