Should You Hire Someone with an Employment Gap?

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All managers are on the lookout for “the perfect employee.” Unfortunately, such a candidate doesn’t exist, and even if they do, you can’t count on finding a unicorn in your particular realm.  No matter how impressive a job prospect looks, they’ll have something in their background that gives you pause. One such potential hiccup is a gap… Read more »

Can Shift Planning Save You Money?

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Saving money is always at the forefront for companies who want to grow – not just survive. As the adage goes, success is often about working smarter, not harder. One area of business logistics in which working smarter can work to your advantage is shift planning. Workforce communications company Workerbee shared some best practices for saving money… Read more »

How Your Employees Could Help Make Your Facility Safer

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One of the most crippling costs a company can incur is on-the-job accidents.  The National Safety Council reports that workplace safety incidents cost employers $171 billion in 2019. That’s about $1,100 per employee per year. Risk managers are constantly searching for ways to make the workplace safer for employees, but the surprising news is that the answer may lie with employees themselves.  Engagement = Safety  That… Read more »

5 Great Ways to Motivate Production-Floor Employees

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Maintaining a fully staffed production floor has always been a challenge for managers. A study conducted in 2018 by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence found the average turnover and absenteeism rate among manufacturing and distribution plants was 37 percent. Then, COVID struck, and the accompanying economic crisis made staffing an even steeper hill to climb…. Read more »

To Fire, Or to Retrain: That is the Question

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There comes the point in some employer-employee relationships at which managers reach a crossroads. When an employee’s job performance dips below expectations and stays at that level for any length of time, managers are faced with a choice – address that employee’s shortcomings with the goal of increasing their performance, or terminate their employment. Given… Read more »

3 Ways to Celebrate National Safety Month 

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  June is National Safety Month! Ideally, every day is safety day for both businesses and employees, but it’s easy to grow complacent and take safety for granted. Take this month to pay particular attention to what your company is doing well and how you can improve.  Here’s how you can help your team stay… Read more »

Should You Hire Someone With Tattoos?

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Disney recently made news by announcing changes to its dress code for theme park employees aimed at “amplifying diversity, inclusion, and individual expression among its workforce,” according to a report in Entertainment Weekly. Among the changes are relaxed guidelines for “gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices; and allowing appropriate visible tattoos,” said Disney Parks… Read more »

Four Factors Driving Employee Morale

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Most employers are keenly aware of the critical nature of employee engagement – a measure of the emotional commitment workers have to their jobs. When employees are engaged, morale is high and businesses are more successful. According to Smarp, an employee communication and advocacy group, companies with high employee engagement are 22% more profitable. Unfortunately,… Read more »

Sweeten the Deal to Recruit and Retain Off-Shift Workers

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If your business doesn’t stop after “business hours,” you’ve probably dealt with the unique challenges of staffing second- and third-shift positions. Employees aren’t usually chomping at the bit for a shot at the swing shift or the night shift. You can try to make these positions more attractive by offering shift differential pay. But what… Read more »

5 Tips for Improving Your Company Through Effective Offboarding

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Employee onboarding is a fundamental process for making new employees at your company feel at ease. But what about employee offboarding? When an employee leaves, many companies settle for collecting paperwork and keys and withdrawing computer access. It’s more a matter of protecting the company’s assets than learning anything about the employee’s experience.   But if… Read more »