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3 Ways to Evaluate a Candidate’s Soft Skills

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Managers often struggle with the concept of soft skills. It’s not that anyone denies their importance; on the contrary, any decent manager recognizes the value of good communication, self-awareness and emotional intelligence. All of these are vital qualities for a productive team. The problem lies in evaluating so-called soft skills. After all, how can you… Read more »

4 Ways to Grow Your Employee Referral Program

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Employee referral programs are one of the most under-appreciated tools that managers can use. Despite being proven to increase employee retention, increase hire speed and lower recruitment costs, a shocking amount of hiring managers are not taking full advantage of this incredible resource. If you’re ready to increase the effectiveness (and decrease the cost) of… Read more »

OSHA’s Fall Prevention Campaign

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The perfect business would never have a single accident; sadly, the perfect business doesn’t exist. In the United States, the biggest cause of workplace injuries is falls. Hundreds of workers are killed every year in falls, and thousands more are injured in similar accidents. To combat this issue, OSHA has developed a three-step fall prevention… Read more »

Why a Strong Employer/Employee Relationship Matters

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Every business owner knows that long-term success depends on building a loyal customer base. Loyalty and brand recognition are so important, in fact, that American businesses spend nearly $200 Billion on marketing every year. Internal loyalty, however, is just as important as external recognition. Building a strong employer/employee relationship, in fact, should be one of… Read more »

Is an Employee Taking Sick Leave Every Week? Here’s What to Do.

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A well-managed workplace is like a machine. A single missing piece can throw the entire process out of whack. When employees don’t show up for work, you lose more than just their productivity; your team’s workflow is disrupted, and everyone has to work harder to pick up the slack. When it comes to sick days,… Read more »

Important Interview Questions to Ask Construction Workers

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Hiring construction workers presents unique challenges. Often, building skills are learned on the job, meaning that many potential hires – even very experienced ones – may have few official certifications. The informal nature of learning construction skills makes the interview more important than ever. Here are the top interview questions that will help you determine… Read more »

The Key to Highly Motivated Employees

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Successful businesses are constantly looking for ways to increase productivity. Better training programs and “trimming the fat” from inefficient procedures are valuable ways to increase production, but the benefits are often incremental. If you have seen a significant drop in productivity, the problem might be a lack of motivation. Motivated employees care about their careers… Read more »

The Danger of Occupational Noise Exposure

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One of the most common safety concerns to affect every job site is dangerous noise exposure. Workers in manufacturing and industrial positions are at high risk of permanent hearing damage, but there are simple steps that you can take to protect your employees. Here are some must-know facts to consider when developing a safety plan:… Read more »

Three Reasons Why Regular Staff Meetings Are a Must!

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You wouldn’t set your cruise-control and then go to sleep on the highway, would you? Like your car, your business requires constant small adjustments. Unless your plan is to crash and burn, regular, informative staff meetings are a must! Here are the top 3 reasons why adding a weekly staff meeting to your schedule should… Read more »

Four Tips For Building a Successful Warehouse Team

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If your company were a city, your warehouse would be its roads. Without a functional, well-organized system to funnel resources and products, all other vital systems would shut down. When your warehouse is disorganized, shipments slow down and orders drop off as you lose your clients’ trust. When production slows down because of lost business, it… Read more »