Social Distancing In The Warehouse – How To Keep Your Team Healthy in 2020

Team of warehouse workers wearing face masks at a meeting with a supervisor

Conducting business during the COVID-19 pandemic has forced a re-evaluation of many safety procedures involving the spread of disease. Nowhere is this more apparent than in warehouses – a section of most facilities where social distancing is often particularly difficult. Despite the challenges, it’s important to set the highest possible standards of infection management. Maintaining strict policies in the warehouse provides a crucial step in keeping your team healthy in 2020 and beyond.   Enacting effective social-distancing policies in a warehouse poses a daunting problem. When things are working right, a warehouse becomes a buzzing hive of activity. Inventory moves where… Read more »

Too Good to be True? Ways to Spot Lies on a Resume

It’s the workplace version of catfishing. You receive a resume that looks amazing. You schedule an interview, full of optimism and excitement. Then: the letdown. When you finally meet the candidate, you realize the resume was full of lies.   It can lead to significant losses. On a basic level, you waste valuable interview time uncovering a scam. Beyond that, though, you incur a high opportunity cost. There’s another qualified candidate out there that you didn’t invite to an interview because you gave a liar the opportunity.   There are ways to avoid this trap. You can create systems within your recruitment… Read more »

Pranks and Practical Jokes – Don’t be a Fool

April Fools’ Day provides an excellent opportunity to relieve stress and inject some humor into a potentially tedious office environment. However, there are limits. Taken too far, pranks and practical jokes, even when conceived as harmless fun, can create serious issues.    It’s essential to loosen up at the office from time to time. Studies show that encouraging fun in the workplace can lead to concrete business benefits. For instance, a survey conducted by Robert Half International showed that 84% of executives associate a good sense of humor with good job performance. Meanwhile, 91% of respondents view humor as helpful for career advancement.  … Read more »

How to Invite Passive Talent to an Interview

Including passive talent in your recruiting process offers significant team-building benefits. However, it’s often a more complicated process than the traditional recruiting procedure. Getting passive talent to agree to an interview takes some planning and requires a little nuance.   The upsides often justify the added hassle. After all, the recruiting process typically comes down to luck, at least partially. The right people apply for the right job at the right time – a lot of things that have fit together perfectly for you to discover the ideal hire.   Reaching out to passive talent can lower your reliance on chance encounters.… Read more »

Improving the Candidate Experience

Improving the experience for the candidate who applies for a job at your company is a nice thing to do. However, that’s not the main reason to make it a priority. It also provides definite benefits for you as well, leading to an improved brand, better access to talent, and a more efficient recruiting process.   Making sure your candidates have all the information they need will streamline your process. You can review applications faster, and the interview process will be more efficient. Meanwhile, you will be able to make better hiring choices. Each of your candidates will be more relaxed… Read more »

More Than Black & White; Diversity in the Workplace

You hear a lot about diversity these days. It’s often posed as the “right” thing to do, the correct corporate action from a moral standpoint. But people rarely make a straight business case for diversity in the workplace.  The truth is, diversity isn’t just the right thing to do in terms of an ethical commitment to equality. It’s also good business.   The approach to staffing gives you a broader skill base to draw from. You have a stronger team that can respond creatively to a broader range of situations. It also leads to improved productivity and better outcomes.   Here are… Read more »

Talking Your Employees Off a Cliff

The holiday season is coming, that magical time of disappearing productivity. Focus lags, and attention turns away from work. Your employees are about to walk off the late-year output cliff. Your job is to talk them back from the ledge. It’s a thankless job. But if you don’t take steps to refocus your team, the last few months of the year will drift by without anything getting accomplished. Luckily, hope isn’t lost. Usually, it just takes a few small adjustments to reorient workers back to their day-to-day tasks. Here are some steps you can take to bring your employees back… Read more »

How You Know It’s Time to Start an Employee Search

Strange as it sounds, you don’t always notice when you need additional workers. When a person leaves, it’s (usually) obvious you should replace them. But an employee departure doesn’t define the only times when you should start recruiting. After all, life unfolds a little bit at a time. You go to work, handle your day-to-day activities, and get by as best you can with what’s available. You don’t always have time for big-picture contemplation or strategic reviews. Conditions can change so slowly you don’t notice at first. But there are signs that point to a need for additional hires. Here… Read more »

Tips for Setting up an Apprenticeship Program

As the price of college educations soar without the promise of gainful employment upon graduation, the trades offer workers an opportunity to earn a good living. The first step to a job as a skilled trade worker is often an apprenticeship. This can benefit your business by ushering in a generation of new workers as you bid farewell to retiring Baby Boomers. How to Set Up an Apprenticeship Program Once you’ve decided to start an apprenticeship program within your company, you’ll need to follow a few key steps. The following are highlights of the step-by-step guide from Apprenticeship USA. Your… Read more »

How to Motivate Millennial Workers

Millennials comprise a massive percentage of the American workforce—roughly 80 million individuals. If you’re an employer unfamiliar with the needs and goals of this generation, there’s nothing to fear! With a little understanding of forces that motivate workers age 18–35, you can make it easier to inspire them to reach new heights within your company, plus build career longevity and avoid turnover. Five Ways to Motivate Millennials It may surprise you that motivating millennials is really quite similar to motivating any generation of employees! They’re simply looking for job satisfaction after a day’s work. Try any of the following: Provide… Read more »