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The job of a manager is getting the most out of as little as possible. Stretching resources and improving efficiency lead to higher profitability and an improved ability to grow over time. But these abilities aren’t strictly in the manager’s control. Employees play a big role. A worker who can provide flexibility goes a long… Read more »

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The scariest thing about unemployment? You might think it’s the prospect of staying out of work for a long time (we’ve all heard the horror stories). But nothing will make you lose sleep more than getting a job offer you don’t really want. Think about it. You’ve spent months tirelessly sending out resumes, wearing out… Read more »

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If you are a staffing firm, you help companies get things done. That’s your basic mission. You are constantly providing the workers your clients need to make their production schedules. If they get surprise orders, you’re there with temporary help. If they are growing faster than expected, you’re there to fill in the gaps. But… Read more »

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Sometimes it’s hard to take the idea of a company culture seriously. The concept can quickly devolve into a series of buzzwords and unrealized good intentions. Talk surrounding culture building can get very new age-y very quickly – the realm of corporate gurus and the business versions of self-help books. Setting aside the hype, though,… Read more »

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One of the hardest tasks for a business manager is balancing the needs of today versus the needs of tomorrow. This is especially true when it comes to hiring. Day-to-day operations have to keep rolling, but building a strong long-term team often means taking a chance on raw talent and letting people develop over time…. Read more »

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There’s an old expression: Love what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life. That adage provides a goal, but it also presents a challenge. How do you turn your passions into your profession? (Side question: Do they pay people to sleep in during the morning and eat Dairy Queen Blizzards all… Read more »

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Having more orders than you can handle seems like a good problem, like having a Ferrari in the wrong color or more $100 bills than you can count. After all, you must be doing something right. Selling more products than you can handle might cause a short-term headache, but it bodes well for the quality… Read more »

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Many companies have chief safety officers, or other executives tasked with promoting a safe workplace. This represents a great way to signal commitment and is a good first step to achieving long-term safety goals. However, it also suggests a safe workplace is a concern that can be separated from the overall workflow. It’s someone else’s… Read more »

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See if this sounds familiar: You spend untold time and effort going through the interview process for an open position, narrow down the candidates to the best prospects, but each of them turns you down. Now you must decide whether you should go down to the next tier of potential workers or start all over… Read more »

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Lose your job and everyone is full of well-meaning condolences: Keep your head up. It’s all for the best. Something will come up. You smile and quietly seethe, wishing people would stop saying stuff like that. But trite and cliché as they are, these sentiments include some wisdom. As frustrating as the job search can… Read more »