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 »

Easy Ways to Implement a New Company Policy

It could be a new vacation request procedure, or a change to retirement withholdings, or just a new directive about not pouring coffee down the water fountain. Whatever the new policy, how you implement the change is almost as important as the change itself. After all, any workplace runs on habit. A smooth operation involves everyone knowing what to do and when to do it. A sudden, haphazard transition can spark complaints (and even full-on revolt) among front-line workers. A poorly managed shift on a core policy can seriously cut into productivity and permanently damage morale. That doesn’t argue that… 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 »