How to Retain Your Top Performers

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With the talent shortage that began with the COVID pandemic continuing, it’s never been more important to retain your top-performing employees. Studies have indicated it can cost thousands of dollars more to replace employees than to retain them. This includes recruitment, onboarding, and training costs, as well as lost productivity. When you’re talking about your… Read more »

Take These 4 Steps to Keep Your Production Line Moving Despite Summer Staffing Shortages

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Earlier this year, we posted some strategies for coping with “The Great Resignation” – the skilled labor shortage that started in 2021 and shows no signs of stopping. Now, employers are dealing with another staffing shortage, but this one is an annual event: summer.    A 2019 survey found that 58 percent of the workforce saves… Read more »

Hiring Managers – Get the Most Out of Your First Interview

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It’s no secret that the job interview is the most critical part of the recruiting and hiring process. What may surprise you is that the very first phone interview you have with a candidate can be almost as useful as your in-person finalist interviews. Read on for tips on how to transform the first interview… Read more »

Take These 5 Steps to Increase Your Production Line Output

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In manufacturing, productivity is the name of the game. Maximizing your production line output will help you keep pace with your competitors and increase your profits. Here are five steps you can take right now to juice up your production.   Start Small  There’s an old adage that says the best way to eat an elephant… Read more »

Recognize Toxic Candidates Before You Hire Them

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In an environment where staff shortages are still causing problems for employers more than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, it’s tempting to hire candidates who are “on the bubble” when it comes to qualifications and experience. But if you’re not careful, your eagerness to fill staff openings may allow some truly toxic candidates… Read more »

7 fun Ways to Show Employees You’re Thankful

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As we approach Thanksgiving, thoughts naturally turn toward being thankful. Although this usually plays out personally, the holiday is a good reminder for company leaders that their employees could use some regular thanking, too. Here are eight fun ways to do just that 1. Offer flexible scheduling options When high-performing employees are putting in long… 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 »

It’s National Safety Month – What Can We Learn From the Top Safety Violations of 2016?

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As a business owner of any kind, your top priority should be the health and safety of your employees. Not only are there laws in place for this very reason, but looking after the well-being of your staff can result in improved productivity over time. With the month of June known as National Safety Month,… Read more »

Want to Enjoy Monday Morning? Try This!

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Monday morning can be quite the struggle for permanent and temporary employees alike. Not only does it mark the beginning of the full workweek, but some of us have spent the weekend staying up late, relaxing and enjoying our free time. It can be difficult to get motivated on Monday mornings, but it’s a must… Read more »

What Do You Do When Your Staff Is Overworked?

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An overworked staff is an unhappy staff, and a staff that isn’t happy with their job will certainly have a negative effect on productivity. Not only will this lead to high turnover rates, but it might cause your reputation to suffer amongst qualified job seekers. Thankfully there are a number of steps you can take… Read more »