Posts Categorized: HR/Management Advice

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All employees get tired sometimes. They stay late in the office now and then, or they pull an occasional all-nighter, or they face a tight deadline or a busy season that pushes them to their limits. When employees show regular signs of weariness, recognize these signs and take the time to sit down with them,… Read more »

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After a long and comprehensive vetting and selection process, you finally hired an employee who seems talented and promising in every way. Both of you seem equally excited to begin your partnership, and you’re ready to extend your trust and give your new employee the benefit of the doubt as he learns the ropes. But… Read more »

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Some traditional approaches to management have been in place for generations for one simple reason: they work. Basic fundamental concepts– like respecting your employees, training them carefully, and thanking them for their hard work—will never go out of style, so matter what kinds of new-fangled ideas appear on the scene. But while these solid concepts… Read more »

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According to research organizations including Deloitte Consulting, the modern industrial manufacturing sector appears to be shaped by challenges and opportunities in three key areas: product innovation, staffing issues, and energy. While manufacturing in China slows down and oil and gas experience production shortages and other obstacles, manufacturing enterprises in the US will gain a distinct… Read more »

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Almost every employer has had at least one experience with a truly toxic employee. “Toxic” employees aren’t just bad; they’re bad and difficult to get rid of. They aren’t just a problem; they’re a problem that seems impossible to solve. Ordinary bad behavior and poor performance can be dealt with by adhering to the employee… Read more »

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The search for high level administrative talent and the search for entry and mid-level candidates are not exactly the same. In both cases, you need self-directed, committed employees who are willing and able to work hard and learn new things. But at lower levels, most jobs come with a bit of a ramp-up period and… Read more »

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Hiring in the manufacturing sector dropped rapidly during the recent economic downturn and hit record lows in 2010. Since that point, numbers have been steadily rising, but they still aren’t quite in line with where they should be, and as they search for an explanation, experts are turning their attention toward a skills gap. According… Read more »

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When you hire new members of your nursing staff, you know your new employees have the education, experience and training they need to excel in their specific positions. Your staffing program is strong, so when you choose a candidate, you know that your candidate is ready to step into his or her role and make… Read more »

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Manufacturing jobs often come with high turnover, and this often happens for reasons that integral to the job and can’t be changed. For example, some manufacturing positions are physically demanding, by nature, and employees leave within a short time in order to protect their health. Some manufacturing positions can be boring or unfulfilling, which may… Read more »

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Just as you were finally figuring out how to manage and motivate the quirky, loveable, talented, ambitious digital natives of Generation Y, it’s time to say hello to the new kids in the office. Move over millennials, and make way for Generation Z! (Actually, millennials aren’t moving over—They’re moving up. These once-new grads and office… Read more »