How To Balance Your Work With Your Personal Life

January 30th, 2015

Work/life balance has become an important topic in today’s workplace. How exactly do you balance your career with your personal life? Failing to do so can lead to overwhelming stress both at home and at work as well as to health problems. Here are some ways you can reduce stress, perform better, enjoy your life, and truly have it all.

Give Yourself a Break

When you’re at the office be sure to take plenty of breaks throughout the day. Just five minutes away from your desk can be enough to recharge your batteries and get back to work. If you can, go outside and walk around the building or the block. Never feel like you need to be chained to your desk the entire nine hours of your work day.

Know When to Say No

So many people have trouble saying no to others. This can be your coworkers, managers, customers, friends, children, or spouse. Unfortunately, there are times when saying no is the smartest thing you can do. Learn when it is appropriate, when to ask for help when you need it, and how to say no to certain activities or projects without upsetting anyone.

Be Efficient about Time Management

It is important that you stay focused during the day. Many people fall in to the trap of multi-tasking. The truth is that the human brain is not designed to multi-task and it can quickly backfire and actually cause more work when something isn’t completed properly. Instead, you should focus on setting priorities. Each day determine your most important projects and complete them first.

Turn off Your Cell Phone

When you’re at home at night with your family or out with friends the most important thing you can do is turn off your cell phone. There are very few careers where your actual attention is needed past closing time so don’t become a slave to your device. Be in the present, enjoy the company of those your with, and take time to relax. Your mind and body will thank you for it later.

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How To Make Your Workplace More Safe

January 23rd, 2015

Safety is one of the highest priorities for anyone who owns or manages a business with high-risk departments such as manufacturing. But every business needs to keep safety in mind when developing its plan of action for emergencies and day-to-day operations. How can you make your workplace safer for your employees? Here are a few simple changes you can make today.

Have a Safety Manager

It may be a good first step to have a safety manager on staff to help encourage safe behaviors in the workplace. If you can’t hire someone for this job specifically, assign the role to someone within your company who is interested and willing to take this on.

Provide First-Aid Kit

Regardless of your business focus make sure you have a first aid kit in an easily accessible area. Always review the contents to make sure that it isn’t missing a valuable tool in case of future emergencies.

Train Your Staff in Safety Procedures

Every single person who works for your company, regardless of their job function, must be familiar with your organization’s safety procedures. Everyone needs to know what to do in case of emergency. Have regular drills and train all new employees immediately.

Implement Fire Safety Protocol

Fire is a risk for any environment and some may have a higher potential. Create a method to get everyone to safety. Make sure you have working and regularly inspected fire extinguishers available that everyone is trained to use.

Work with Health and Safety in Your Community

There are a number of resources in your community that can help you have a safer workplace for your employees. Partner with these groups. Work with state regulation boards and federal requirements to ensure you are operating up to code.

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Why It’s Important To Include A Cover Letter With Your Resume

January 16th, 2015

Many job seekers make the mistake of ignoring the cover letter. Hiring managers are often lucky if the email they receive has any more than just the attached resume. However, there are multiple reasons you should be including a cover letter and not having one could be the only thing standing in your way. Here are the reasons it is important to include a cover letter with your resume.

  • It provides an incentive to read the resume. An attachment in an email could be a resume or it could be a red flag or virus. You need to let the recruiter know what it is they are opening. They are not likely to open an attachment on a blank email from an unknown address. You can also provide a short introduction of yourself to encourage them to learn more.
  • You can customize your message to the employer. Your resume may be somewhat customized to the client, but a resume is still fairly generic. You want to tailor your cover letter to the company’s specific needs. Use information from the job posting, the company’s own language, and position your experience as a solution to a problem they have.
  • Remind them of your contact information. Your resume will, of course, have your contact information but it never hurts to remind the reader. In your final paragraph of the cover letter be sure to let them know the best ways to contact you and share your phone number or email address again. If it is in the body of the message they are very likely to pick up the phone or respond immediately.
  • Offer to follow up. You may also want to mention in the cover letter that you will follow up with them by the end of the week if you haven’t heard. However, this is a technique that you want to be very careful with. You don’t want to cross the line from persistent to aggressive. However, a quick email to remind them and see where they are in the process can job their memory and convince them to call you.

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Which Machinist Do You Promote? How To Tell Someone Is Ready For A Promotion

January 9th, 2015

The manufacturing industry isn’t exactly known for being competitive. In fact, most employees are happy to get their hands dirty, do their work, and go home to spend time with their families while not thinking about work again until the next day. In many other industries, such as finance or technology, the method for promoting individuals comes from their contribution and drive. But how do you apply this to machine operators or other industrial workers? Here are a few ways to tell if someone is ready for a promotion.

  • Their production numbers are high. In a production based environment the most important metric is output. What is the production value at their station compared to others in the warehouse?
  • They put in a little extra effort. You want to look for someone who is willing to go above and beyond. Maybe cleaning the workstation isn’t their job but they do it anyway. Maybe they take a little extra time to ensure things are not just complete but perfect.
  • They create solutions rather than file complaints. Complaints are common in a production environment. However, you want to look for the person in the facility who takes a proactive approach and solves problems on their own.
  • They share their experience with others. Some people are natural born leaders and trainers. Is there someone in the warehouse who is willing to take some time to show others how to do the job more efficiently even if they aren’t expected to train?
  • They continuously want to learn new things. You also want to watch for someone who is always willing to learn new things. Did anyone volunteer when a new project was introduced? Does someone ask you about safety training or other career advancement tools?
  • They want a promotion. Finally, you want to promote the person in your department who is most interested in being promoted. Some people are perfectly content in their current roles and will be unhappy with added responsibility. You want to promote the ones who thrive in that environment.

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