Are You Paying Your Machine Operators Enough?

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Are You Paying Your Machine Operators Enough?

  Also known as tool and die makers, machine operators use heavy equipment to fabricate mechanical products. In order to retain good operators who can work well with others, employers should pay them a competitive rate. Before discussing what to pay a machine operator, it is important to know what they do and what it… Read more »

What to Do When You Think an Employee is on Drugs

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What to Do When You Think an Employee is on Drugs

Dealing with suspected drug use by employees is a tricky thing. On the one hand, you don’t want to make accusations you can’t prove, and on the other hand, you might need to step in out of safety concerns for the worker and other employees. Many companies make it a policy not to say anything… Read more »

Three Interview Questions You Just Can’t Ask

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Three Interview Questions You Just Can't Ask

  Most people involved in their company’s hiring process know you can’t directly ask candidates about their race, age, nationality, disability or gender in a job interview. However, people may not know that seemingly innocuous questions can be roundabout ways to get at that same information. Asking these questions isn’t illegal per se. The issue… Read more »

Do You Have Your Employees’ Backs Covered?

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Do You Have Your Employees' Backs Covered?

  When employees are moving heavy objects, or doing strenuous labor every day, they can develop back problems over time. Back problems are particularly common when employees are not practicing proper lifting techniques or lifting heavy objects alone rather than with the help of others. Exacerbated by bad posture, daily stress or bad work habits,… Read more »

How to Make Lean Management Easier for Employees to Understand

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How to Make Lean Management Easier for Employees to Understand

  When a lean management program is rolled out, the management team encounters several challenges. One day, an employee is going about his or her work as usual, and the next day he or she must address new guidelines, new types of procedures, new responsibilities and possibly a new supervisor. All of which can cause… Read more »

Change the Perception of Manufacturing Jobs to Attract the Next Generation

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Change the Perception of Manufacturing Jobs to Attract the Next Generation

  The manufacturing sector in the United States has a significant branding challenge, which is impacting its ability to source the most skilled workers to fill the hundreds of thousands of its open jobs. Today’s manufacturers leverage innovative technology and automated systems, yet a belief still exists that jobs in this industry are boring, low-skill… Read more »

National Safety Month: How to Respond When There’s an Active Shooter in Your Facility

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Active Shooter

  Sadly, active shooter situations in public places are becoming more common, according to the FBI. While these incidents typically spark political debate over causes and solutions, companies and workers should be more concerned with developing a plan for handling an active shooter situation on their premises. Here are a few things every company and… Read more »