Is Your Staff Prepared for The Holiday Rush?

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It’s never too early to get ready for crunch time. Holiday season comes a little sooner for warehouse staff. Keeping stores fully stocked or getting products to consumers takes planning. Start by looking at what you did last year as far as volume and timing. Adjust for the changes you can anticipate in the coming year, such… Read more »

How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Team

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It’s always a pleasure to give high-performing employees positive reinforcement during a performance review. On the other hand, giving colleagues constructive criticism in the same situation is challenging, because it discourages them. More and more managers are making regularly scheduled peer feedback sessions part of the process because it allows them an opportunity to address… Read more »

Consider These Two Alternatives to Firing an Under-performing Employee

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One of the most uncomfortable dilemmas a manager can face is how to deal with an employee who isn’t meeting expectations. No one likes firing an employee, but if you keep them around without addressing their performance issues, they can drag fellow employees down – possibly your entire organization.    Mitchell Marks, professor of leadership at… Read more »

Tips for Managing a Generational Shift

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Baby boomers aren’t retiring in droves, but their numbers in the workforce are dwindling significantly. And when boomers retire, they take with them a generation of beliefs and workstyles. Perhaps most importantly, they leave with vast quantities of “tribal knowledge”: exclusive technical, product or process information. This information is rarely stored on the web or… Read more »

Tips to Keep Assembly Line Workers Safe

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Maintaining a safe and productive work environment is essential for all businesses, but it’s absolutely critical for manufacturers. Nothing is more important than the safety of your team members. Because of that, it’s necessary to keep assembly line equipment dependable and safe. Check out these tips from Mega Force.  Invest in Safety Gear If you want to prioritize… Read more »

Five tips for Improving Work-life Balance in your Office

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In survey after survey on workplace engagement, work-life balance is emerging as a leading employee motivator. These surveys often report that work-life balance is at least as important, if not more important, than a competitive salary when it comes to employee retention.   How can employers incorporate the type of work-life balance that will keep current… Read more »

Your Recent Hire Isn’t Working Out, Now What?

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You think you may have hired the wrong person – now what? While you can always look for a replacement, this costs both time and money on top of the resources you’ve already spent. Instead, you might want to consider evaluating the situation to determine why your new hire isn’t quite meeting your initial expectations. … Read more »

Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring new Grads

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New graduates can be a great addition to your workforce. Whether you’re looking for temporary help or even if you’re interested in helping them develop long-term careers, recent graduates have a lot to offer those who are willing to take the chance on hiring them.   However, there are some things to keep in mind when… Read more »

How to Keep Your Warehouse Workers Cool

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Excessive stress, strain, and heat can put a severe strain on the productivity of your entire workforce. While some factories and warehouses rely on the simple solution of opening doors during the summer months, this can result in additional health and safety concerns. With the summer months quickly approaching, we’ll take a look at some of the… Read more »

Quarterly Reviews: How NOT to deliver a Negative Review

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One of the hardest parts of any manager’s job is the act of reviewing employee performance. It can be difficult enough to keep track of all the achievements and accomplishments of your individual workers – but it’s even worse when you have to deliver a poor performance review.   While no manager wants to deliver a… Read more »