Hire top performers

August 1, 2015

A bad hire wastes precious time and money. Ensure that your hiring process identifies the best employees for your company—every time. By Gregory P. Smith Most employers agree the typical employee selection process is minimally effective at best. Unfortunately, resumes and job interviews are becoming less reliable. Here are the most common problems surrounding job …

Invest in safety

August 1, 2012

Invest 10 hours of training to ensure safety for your workers. It’s not mandatory … or legislated. That’s the first good news. The Outreach Training Program by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a voluntary program with a purpose of promoting workplace safety and health and to make workers more knowledgeable about workplace …

Strategies for safe job sites

Avoid on-the-job injuries by preparing your staff. By Michael Tharpe Safety issues often go unnoticed when staff is under pressure to get the job done. While everyone is responsible for making safe decisions, it falls on owners and crew leaders to give installers the training they need, adequate breaks for the workplace conditions and the …

Finding and keeping top-notch employees

December 1, 2011

Author and people-skills expert Arnold Sanow answers questions about hiring—and keeping—top-notch employees. By Arnold Sanow The unemployment rate in the United States has hovered in the range of 9-10 percent for more than two years, and many experts estimate that the true rate is even higher due to long-term unemployed people dropping out of the …

Skilled employees are the most valuable asset

August 1, 2011

A team of dedicated employees rises to the demands of an unprecedented season. By Kathy Schaefer Summer is here and the heat is literally on. Three storms in three weeks involving high winds and hail have changed our awning production schedule. Normally, we would be winding down at this time of year, but instead we …

Building the workforce

June 1, 2011

Equipping apprentices to enter the specialty fabrics industry. By Sigrid Tornquist Without tradespeople onsite we wouldn’t have the knowledge to make our products,” says Wendy Tankard, administration director of Baytex Manufacturing Co., Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. “And if we don’t keep training apprentices, we won’t have tradespeople onsite. Apprentices are the future of our businesses.” …

Spring training for tent crews

April 1, 2011

Ensure that every member of your team is ready for the high season. By Jamie Swedberg Most tent renters rely on a core team of experienced installers who work year-round, or at least come back year after year, depending on the seasonality of a particular location. But when March or April rolls around, there are …

Preparing staff for tent site emergencies

October 1, 2010

By Dan Nolan III Q: How should I prepare my staff for an emergency on a tent site? A: The nature of an emergency is that it arises unexpectedly. Developing a set of guidelines for staff to follow if an emergency occurs under at tent or on a job site will assist them in efficiently …

New hiring incentives for your business

June 1, 2010

Will you and your tent rental company be among those that reap the savings under the 2010 Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act? The HIRE Act recently signed into law includes $17.6 billion in tax breaks for businesses. The “Hire Now Tax Cut” combines payroll forgiveness for Social Security taxes paid on qualified new …

Train smart

December 1, 2008

A good training program is a requirement for long-term success. By Julie Young In the tent industry, good training is often synonymous with safety consciousness. Employers must emphasize the need for OSHA guidelines while also fostering a respect for the job site and a sense of how to avoid injury. Many employers have established specific …