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Light industrial employees depend on a safe workplace to stay productive, healthy, and onboard. Unsafe spaces and a weak safety commitment from employers are two common drivers of not just injury (that’s a given) but also turnover. So, keep your workplace safe and your workplace brand trustworthy! Do this by building a reliable culture of… read the rest »

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So, you took a leadership test to determine your “leadership style,” and you reviewed the results, nodded in agreement, and simply moved on after that. If your test indicated you’re a “top-down manager,” or a “collaborative coach,” or a “remote resource provider” or whatever your style may be, it’s possible you accepted this as truth… read the rest »

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When you interview sales candidates, you can easily determine years of experience and education level just by asking. And assuming the resumes you’ve selected from the pool are accurate, you can skim those documents for critical information about past employers and general sales records. But if all those generic, accessible metrics are more or less… read the rest »

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You’re hiring a team of engineers, and you have a few clear goals in mind: First, you want to attract and hire the best talent available. And second, you want to retain your new hires as long as possible. You want to cultivate their skills, bring out their best and make sure they’re getting as… read the rest »

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Empathy is a trait we bring forth when we try to see the world through another person’s eyes, or when we try to understand what a person is going through by envisioning ourselves in their position. Empathy isn’t the same thing as sympathy, it’s not the same thing as kindness, and it’s not just about… read the rest »

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You’re proud of your company culture, and you should be! You’ve worked hard to bring things to their current state. Along the way, you didn’t make excuses for bad employee behavior, you provided coaching and positive training as needed, encouraged teams to socialize outside of work and helped your employees build the bonds that now… read the rest »

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When you’ve poured all your best resources into your hiring program, and your efforts have paid off thanks to luck, timing and hard work, you’ll have a brilliant team in place. Or at the very least, you’ll have a solid team in place with a few stand-out performers. Don’t let complacency undermine what you’ve built!… read the rest »

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In a simpler world, choosing one employee on your team and promoting that employee into an open position at a higher level would involve easy math. Who works the hardest? Who produces the most? Who’s been with the company the longest? Enter those numbers into your magic formula and voila: the “best” employee’s name becomes… read the rest »

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In order to succeed in your open position, the right candidate will need the technical training required by the daily tasks of the job. This may mean an eye for quality control, experience with relevant software or bilingual fluency. Qualifications in this category are usually cut and dry; either candidates have them, or they don’t…. read the rest »

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Experienced managers recognize the value of stepping back, trusting employees, and placing them in the driver’s seat when the opportunity arises. This move comes with risks, of course, but risks are an essential aspect of growth, and they’re an essential aspect of effective management. Hovering and micromanaging will send you in the wrong direction, since… read the rest »