Why millennials don’t want to work for your business, and how to change their minds

December 1, 2017

The year was 2000. The start-up had outgrown the garage, relocating to a nondescript building in an office park. Outside that building, on an asphalt parking lot, employees played roller hockey. The games were full contact. Employees wore pads and would come back inside drenched in sweat and sometimes bloodied and bruised. Inside the building, …

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Don’t skip background checks before hiring

June 1, 2017

These days every new employee brings a possible threat to your business. The threats include theft, sexual harassment, physical violence, identity theft, fraud and drug use. The potential for ruinous legal actions is clearly higher today than ever before. That’s why a background check before you hire an applicant could save your business. However, it’s …

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Good people, bad choices

April 1, 2017

Even the most well-intentioned employees are vulnerable to slipping into unethical choices when their lives lack balance. Ask an average person, “Would you voluntarily do something that is unethical or illegal?” Generally, he or she will reply something like, “Heavens, no!” People naturally prefer to do the right thing. However, when faced with enough pressure, …

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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 …

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Strategies for safe job sites

August 1, 2012

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 …

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Invest in safety

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.” …

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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 …