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5 Great YouTube Channels Every Manufacturer Should Be Following

October 11, 2019

Do you work in manufacturing? Do you love watching YouTube videos in your free time? Here’s a fantastic way to combine your interests. Check out these manufacturing and science-themed channels! Colinfurze Colinfurze is the home of crazy inventions, brilliant world records and constant disregard to health and safety. Contraptions range from a tea machine to hydraulic scissor lift shoes to…

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Should You Be Doing Continuous Drug Screenings on Your Employees?

October 4, 2019

If your company is evaluating your drug screening policy, you may wonder how thorough your plan should be. Is one pre-employment test enough? Or, should you be running ongoing random screenings? Ultimately, the correct answer depends on your organization. You’ll need to decide what is responsible and what might be excessive. Here’s a brief overview…

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Daycare or Preschool: Best Options While You Are at Work

September 27, 2019

Childcare is a major concern for working parents. You want a solution that’s safe, convenient and cost-effective. Plus, you want to make sure your little one is happy too. Once your child passes those toddler years, the decision becomes more complicated. Is daycare enough or is your little Einstein ready to jump into the school…

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Should You be Hiring an Over-Qualified Candidate?

September 20, 2019

Hiring an overqualified candidate seems like an easy decision. You get more experience and more skills for less money. However, don’t forget to consider the potential downside too. The Pros Over-qualified candidates … Have all the skills needed to successfully do the job (plus a few more); Bring experience and expertise to the table; Can…

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How Bringing Your Lunch to Work Could Save You $1,000 Every Year

September 13, 2019

Are you trying to save more money? Did you know packing your lunch could save you thousands of dollars each year? Let’s check out the math. Moderately Priced Restaurants Cost About $3,000 Each Year A lunch entrée at your local diner usually runs between $6-$12. Taking the average cost, $9, plus a 20% tip brings…

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Why Creating an Enjoyable Onboarding Process Is So Important!

September 6, 2019

Unfortunately, onboarding doesn’t have a great reputation. Think awkward introductions, piles of paperwork and lots of waiting around. Your company can do better, and here’s why you should. First Impressions Make a Long-Term Difference According to Amy Hirsh Robinson, principal of The Interchange Group, “Onboarding is a magic moment when new employees decide to stay…

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Are You Drinking Enough Water Throughout Your Day?

August 23, 2019

When it comes to drinking water, you’ve probably heard the 8×8 rule or eight 8-ounce glasses (about half a gallon) each day. Unfortunately, there is no science behind this rule. Although it’s fine as a general guide, ultimately, the right amount depends on you.  Factors Impacting How Much Water You Need   Your Gender – Men need more water than women due to their higher water weight percentage.  The Weather – Hot, humid weather makes you sweat and therefore…

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What is Motivating Your Employees to Leave and Job Hop?

August 16, 2019

According to 2018 data, the average worker switches jobs every 4.2 years. What can your company do to combat this job-hopping trend? Start by recognizing and addressing the primary causes of turnover.      Record-Low Unemployment  In April 2019, the U.S. economy recorded 103 straight months of job gains and the lowest unemployment rate (3.6 percent) since 1969. This means the United States has more job openings than unemployed people. In other words,…

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Manufacturers, Should You Be on LinkedIn?

August 9, 2019

If you work in manufacturing, you may think you don’t need a LinkedIn account. After all, isn’t LinkedIn primarily for business professionals? Although this group does represent a sizable portion of the community, LinkedIn can benefit workers in other industries too.  Here are seven reasons why you should consider opening a LinkedIn account.  It’s Relatively Easy and Free Even if you don’t think you will…

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3 Tips to Eliminate Favoritism in the Workplace

August 2, 2019

If you are working to develop a top team, you probably recognize the danger of playing favorites. Favoritism disrupts workplace dynamics, kills morale and, ultimately, reduces productivity.   However, being fair isn’t as easy as it looks. Use these three strategies to do a better job of treating all your employees equally.      Hold Yourself Accountable According to Stanford University professor Robert Sutton, “When it comes to playing favorites, no matter how fair you think…

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