Should You Hire an Overqualified Candidate?

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At first glance, finding an overqualified candidate sounds like a solution looking for a problem. After all, what could be better than hiring an applicant who exceeds your expectations? Regardless, experienced managers often shy away from overqualified candidates, often out of fear they will jump ship for a better offer. Are such fears worth losing… Read more »

Smooth Operator – Safety Tips for Forklift Drivers

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As the source of nearly 100,000 annual accidents, forklifts are one of the most dangerous pieces of machinery in industrial workplaces. Despite the inherent danger of operating heavy equipment, forklifts can be a part of your daily workflow without causing injury. These easy-to-follow forklift safety tips should allow any workplace to put safety first without… Read more »

Tips for Spotting a Negative Employee During an Interview

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When it comes to workplace negativity, it only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch. If you’ve ever had your workplace turn sour because of the influence of a single negative employee, you understand the importance of cutting off negative talk before it begins. These tips will help you spot a Negative Nancy… Read more »

Reduce Absenteeism With These Easy Steps

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When you’re relying on a full staff to keep productivity high, having even one employee unexpectedly miss a day of work can derail your schedule. Though absenteeism rates in industrial work and manufacturing are lower than in some other sectors (as a whole, government jobs take that dubious honor), the safety and productivity implications of… Read more »

The Best Way to Handle a Difficult Employee

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Sooner or later, every manager is bound to have a serious personality clash with an employee. Though diversifying your team is great for productivity, conflicting worldviews, experience gaps and diverging opinions are an inevitable side effect of working on any large team. What should you do when conflict arises at your workplace? These tips will… Read more »

How to Successfully Implement Change in the Workplace

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Quick question: When was the last time you saw a Blockbuster rental store? The video rental giant, which once operated 9,000 profitable locations, will soon have only one store left to display its once iconic logo. Looking back, it seems inevitable that the company’s business model would fail when matched against better online options, but… Read more »

3 Tips That Will Make You a Better Warehouse Manager

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In a world that expects rapid or instant delivery of nearly any item imaginable, little thought is given to how the products we purchase are crafted, stored and transported before they land on our doorsteps. If you are a warehouse manager, however, you know these complexities all too well. Running an efficient warehouse takes a… Read more »

4 Mindsets of a Successful Leader

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How do great leaders think? While running a successful business requires a deep knowledge of the practical side of your field, smart business owners know that success depends as much on one’s attitude as on any other factor. So what is it that makes great leaders stand out from the rest? What helps them succeed… Read more »

5 Steps to Take When an Employee Is Injured on the Job

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No matter what field you work in, the possibility of injury is always on the horizon. For those who work in manufacturing and construction, this reality is much closer than you would like. Though the rate of workplace injuries has been declining for years, the nature of industrial labor should make safety your top concern… Read more »

Preventing Sunstroke and Heat Exhaustion

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Though stress and overexertion can leave their mark on any workplace, few areas are more hazardous than industrial and construction work sites. Due to extreme physical demands coupled with long hours under a hot sun, it is easy for a worker to endanger their health – or even their life! In fact, construction workers account… Read more »