Classic Signs You’re Working the Wrong Job

Life unfolds in increments, a little at a time. Some people probably pick out a dream job and then work tirelessly toward that goal until they get it. The rest of us have been pretty much winging it since high school, and here we are. But don’t let life’s improvisational nature leave you in a bad situation. If you’ve found yourself in a job you hate, you need to do something to make a change. A high-stress, low-reward environment can waste years of your career, undermining your health and draining your spirit. When you’re in the situation, though, it isn’t… Read more »

“Don’t Ask That!” – Questions You Cannot Ask During a Job Interview

The point of a job search is to build the best possible team. To that end, you want to know everything about your future employers. Unfortunately, the job search process offers limited avenues to gather intel. This puts a lot of pressure on the interviewer to get as much information about of a candidate as possible. But there are limits. State and federal laws forbid you from gathering certain information. The bottom line: There are some questions, you just can’t ask. Some of these are obvious, though still point to important business-related information. Others might seem like innocent questions, but… Read more »

Yes or No: Should You Ask Your Interviewer Questions?

Interviews provide an opportunity to show off. You want to take every chance to highlight the unique experience you can bring to the company. If the interviewers give you time to talk, take it. Which brings us to the end of the interview. You’ve handled the introductions and the small talk without blurting out anything embarrassing. You’ve weathered the what’s-your-biggest-weakness-style trick questions. Now, they turn to you and ask, “Do you have any questions for us?” The tone here is often casual, perfunctory. It’s the end of the interview. They seem ready to stand up and show you to the… Read more »

How to Launch an Employee Wellness Program

Wellness is a buzzword these days! From gym memberships to healthier food choices and community involvement—you can’t escape the fact that the country is attempting to improve its wellness. This is also true within businesses, and employers now understand that encouraging good health helps workers avoid sick time, stay more productive and focused on the job, and incur fewer healthcare costs. Employees feel better, companies run smoother, and employers save—it’s a win-win-win for all involved. Launching your wellness program – five best practices So, when you decide to offer a wellness program, how do you roll it out to ensure… Read more »

Workplace Safety: Confined Spaces Tips

When working in confined spaces, it’s important for laborers to follow specific steps to ensure safety. Confined spaces include enclosed or partially enclosed spaces large enough for workers to enter, but with limited means of entry or exit. Plus, they’re not meant for laborers to work in continously. These include manholes, silos, storage bins, pipelines, hoppers and trenches. While working in these spaces, laborers face the dangers of low oxygen levels, fires and explosions from or exposure to chemicals. By making safety a top priority, workers can keep themselves and others on the work site safe. Common safety procedures Before… Read more »

The Ins and Outs of Employee Retention

You’ve mastered the hiring process. You and your HR staff have achieved all-star levels in the art of finding hidden gems and maximizing every incoming prospect. The problem? After bringing in these great finds, you have a hard time keeping them. You’re learning the hard way that hiring only gets you halfway to your team-building goals. The next step is figuring out retention. Keeping good employees is as important as finding them in the first place. It does little good to invest in hiring, training and cultivating an employee, only to see them take those skills to another employer. Here… Read more »

Tasked With “Safety?” Don’t Despair: Help Is Here

Every company needs to ensure its employees are safe and sound. Not to mention—it’s the law! But based on the size of your organization, your industry or other factors, you may need employees to be part of your safety processes—including extra duties to keep teammates in check. Especially if your business is large or spans multiple sites, you can’t be everywhere at once. So, you’ll need so-called “safety ambassadors” to help you spread the word. Your recruiter can help! Bringing employees up to speed on safety regulations, whether they’re new hires or you’ve implemented changes to your current safety plan,… Read more »

The Essential Forklift Safety Checklist

Like all machinery, forklifts are best handled with proper training to ensure the safety of the operator and all surrounding workers. Employers and light industrial employees can follow these safety guidelines for proper use of a forklift. Eight forklift safety tips: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends the following safety standards for all forklift operators: Enter the forklift carefully. Do not jump aboard. Take care not to hit your head on the overhead cage. Be sure your shoes and hands are free from grease to avoid slipping as you get in. Don’t grab the steering wheel for support—this… Read more »

6 Low-Cost Ways to Show Employees You Appreciate Them

Good employees make a business. Keeping them happy and productive (not to mention just keeping them) drives profitability and makes your life infinitely easier. The obvious way to communicate your appreciation is with money. Even with all the talk of team work and the general affection you have for your workers, your relationship remains fiscal at its heart. They work. You pay. But as much as you may want to give everyone a raise, there’s a practical limit. Good employees are almost by definition underpaid, as they produce so much hidden value that it’s almost impossible to fully compensate them… Read more »

Five Tips to Help You Reduce Workers’ Compensation Claims From Warehouse Employees

Are you experiencing increased workers’ compensation costs? Beyond regular premiums, you may have indirect costs due to accidents and injuries (and the associated claims). In addition, when employees go out on disability, you must train replacements and adjust your schedule—which can be time-consuming and costly. The key is making your workplace safer to reduce the number of on-the-job incidents. You can take the following steps to ensure safety is top-of-mind for your workers: Create a safety plan. This is a manual all employees can refer to that outlines all safety policies and procedures, how to properly operate machinery, what to… Read more »