Is Professionalism Becoming an Underrated Quality?

Professionalism. It’s a nice buzzword. Everyone knows it’s important, but why? What does it mean? And why can’t we just forego it in favor of a really fun personality? Professionalism is a worker’s behavior, appearance, and set of ethics in the workplace. When your employees demonstrate professionalism, they’re generally perceived as more credible and reliable than their… Read More »

Safety 101: Proper Lifting Techniques to Use 

Lifting heavy objects is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. But you don’t have to be The Rock to ensure that you don’t get hurt while lifting. You simply must make sure that you use the proper techniques, so you don’t pull a muscle, throw something out of alignment or dislodge a disc.… Read More »

Safety Guide: Don’t Let Stubborn Employees Get Away with Bad Habits

There’s at least one in every crowd—someone who ignores the safety rules and does their own thing. They’ll say they don’t have time to enact your safety protocols. Or they don’t like the way the safety equipment feels on their head. Or it impedes their vision. The problem is that safety must be a priority for all… Read More »

8 Ways to Recognize Employee Achievements

If you run a busy office, you might not think you have time to recognize your employees’ achievements, and it might not seem like a big deal to do so, but it is. A little recognition can go a long way. Think employee satisfaction, motivation, and loyalty. Sometimes those intangible rewards, like saying “thank you” or “good job” are… Read More »

Stop Waiting! Stop Procrastination at Work Today!

We all procrastinate. We know what we’re supposed to be doing, but something else is just more appealing. Instagram. Solitaire. Your Facebook feed. Even simply chatting about your weekend with your colleagues. Chances are we’re putting off our work because it’s challenging or tedious or time-consuming. But we’ll pay the price in the end. If… Read More »

Advice for Delivering Bad News to an Employee

One of the most difficult responsibilities of a leader is to deliver bad news. You might have to fire someone, or change their responsibilities without compensating accordingly, or have a heart-to-heart about their lackluster performance. They’re not easy conversations to have. But it’s important to be honest and direct and to prepare what you’re going to say ahead of time. Here’s… Read More »

How to Prepare Yourself for a Phone Interview

When you’re searching for a new job, chances are you’ll be asked to take part in a phone interview at some point. It might be one that’s scheduled, so you can plan for it. Or it might be impromptu, when they call you out of the blue and ask if you have a few minutes to chat. Either… Read More »

How to Beat That Anxiety and Ask Your Boss for a Raise

Talking about money isn’t easy and can even be scary. In fact, if you’re like most people, negotiating a salary or asking for a raise or promotion can be really stressful. You don’t want to get turned down, seem unappreciative or offensive, or get caught in an awkward conversation. Most people avoid the uncomfortable confrontation… Read More »

Eight Icebreakers to Use for Employee Bonding

If you’re not careful, employee-bonding activities can be awkward and cheesy. But a cohesive, congenial staff is important. It strengthens relationships, stimulates better brainstorming, and creates an atmosphere of inclusivity where all personalities and ideas are welcome. And it takes a little more effort than simply asking everyone how they’re doing and sharing a joke… Read More »

Four Safety Tips for Forklift Operators

Forklift operator. Certainly not the most dangerous of jobs, but when you’re dealing with such a big piece of machinery, it could be! And it’s your responsibility to see to it that everything is in place to make sure the whole ordeal is as safe as possible. From making sure you have the proper training,… Read More »