A New Struggle in the Workplace: Technology and Engagement

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  Employee engagement is vital to your company’s overall performance. It directly impacts productivity, customer service, profitability and ultimately your bottom line. The problem is that employee engagement is alarmingly low. In fact, Gallup reports, “70 percent of U.S. workers are not engaged at work.” The scary thing is that “Employee disengagement costs more than… Read more »

How Does Freedom of Speech Affect the Workplace?

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  Freedom of speech is one of America’s most fundamental rights that it gives its citizens. But when it comes to the workplace, freedom of speech can sometimes become disruptive and create tension among co-workers. As an employer, it’s important that you understand how freedom of speech affects the workplace and the boundaries you’re allowed to… Read more »

Improve Workplace Safety Without Breaking Your Budget

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  Workplace safety is something that should never be taken lightly. In 2014 alone, there were “nearly three million nonfatal workplace injuries reported by private industry employers at a rate of 3.2 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.” One reason why employers may skimp on certain areas of safety is because they think it’s going… Read more »

Are You Making These Common Management Mistakes?

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    Managing a team can be tough. You have to delegate tasks, juggle different personalities and keep everyone on task in order to ensure productivity. As a result, things can go awry even for the best of managers. But you can usually keep things on track and streamline operations by avoiding some of these common… Read more »

Navigating the Grey Area of Employee Absences

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  Effectively addressing employee absences is one of the most important things an employer can do. After all, excessive absenteeism can throw a wrench in operations, hurt productivity, diminish morale, reduce productivity and so on. Here are some tips for handling this issue and ensuring that you’re on the same page as your employees. Developing… Read more »

Why You Should Promote Your Best Manufacturing Employee Instead of Hiring Someone Else

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One choice that hiring managers must often make is deciding whether to promote from within or make an external hire. While external hires may have more education and experience, this isn’t always the best path to take. In fact, Forbes reports, “in addition to scoring worse on performance reviews, external hires were 61 percent more likely to be fired from… Read more »

In Manufacturing, What’s More Important: Quality or Quantity?

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The debate of choosing quality or quantity in a manufacturing setting is one that’s been raging for years. On one hand, manufacturers obviously need to uphold basic quality standards, or they’re likely to lose customers, and their long-term sustainability quickly comes into question. On the other hand, failing to reach an adequate volume of production… Read more »

How Improving Your Workplace Culture Will Improve Your Bottom Line

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  Workplace culture is an extremely important, yet is sometimes overlooked element of business. Although this is somewhat of an abstract term, it impacts your business in several ways and often plays a role in your long-term success. Here are some specific examples of how improving your workplace culture can also improve your bottom line. Lower Employee… Read more »