Don’t skip background checks before hiring

June 1, 2017  |  Business, Management, Staffing

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 h…
Good people, bad choices

April 1, 2017  |  Business, Management, Staffing

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 …
Hire top performers

August 1, 2015  |  Management, Staffing

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 becomi…
Strategies for safe job sites

August 1, 2012  |  Feature, Safety & Codes, Staffing

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 bre…
Invest in safety

August 1, 2012  |  Safety & Codes, Staffing

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 saf…
Finding and keeping top-notch employees

December 1, 2011  |  Feature, Staffing

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 h…
Skilled employees are the most valuable asset

August 1, 2011  |  Staffing

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…
Building the workforce

June 1, 2011  |  Feature, Staffing

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…