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You’ve been in your current assignment for awhile now, and you’re really happy. The work itself is great and you really enjoy your colleagues. Unfortunately, your contract is about to end, but you’re hoping to extend it.  Talking to your boss about a contract extension might feel intimidating, but you can do it. Here’s some advice… Read more »

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Searching for a new job is a very time-consuming activity, so you might be tempted to cut corners and skip writing cover letters — especially if submitting one is optional. While this might save you time, it won’t get you hired.   A cover letter is another chance to sell yourself to the hiring manager. Passing up this opportunity… Read more »

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You take care to hire talented employees with a strong work ethic, but lately, you’ve been feeling like they aren’t realizing their potential. This would probably be a lot easier to figure out if it was just one or two people, but the drop in productivity has been a team effort.  The lighting in your warehouse probably isn’t… Read more »

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Temp employees are only with your company for a limited engagement, but during that time, they’re part of your team. You might not think it makes sense to invest your time and energy into getting to know them, but failing to do so is a major disservice to your organization.  You can learn a lot… Read more »

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Working in engineering is fascinating, which is likely why you decided to pursue a career in the field. No matter what branch of engineering you’ve chosen to specialize in, there’s always something new to learn. Right now, a few innovative engineering technologies include blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented reality, but no doubt, something new will… Read more »

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Being the boss of a manufacturing company is a very rewarding position, but it comes with a lot of weight. Every move you make impacts both individual employees and the company as a whole. This is something you take very seriously. Part of being an outstanding leader is doing your best to stay informed. Here’s… Read more »

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Job sites are a rewarding place to work, but they come with a number of safety risks. You already know the importance of wearing the right personal protective equipment, but you might not realize this also involves footwear. It doesn’t matter if you typically work in an office and are just visiting the job site… Read more »

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A job interview is the time to put your best self forward, but that doesn’t mean you have to be arrogant. No one wants to hire someone who spends the interview blatantly self-promoting. The best candidates have a subtle way of selling themselves that highlights their value, without making them seem like an egomaniac. Use… Read more »

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Case histories may best underline the importance of quality control in manufacturing. Toyota in 2009 was forced to recall 12.4 million cars due to sticky gas pedals and floor mats that caused accelerators to jam. The cost to the company was a staggering $12.4 billion. Firestone, Tylenol … the list goes on. Even the Titanic… Read more »

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Scaffolding is designed as a temporary structure used during construction or maintenance work. It allows workers to reach heights they normally wouldn’t be able to and, as long as it’s erected and used correctly, it’s highly safe and effective. But even if a small section of scaffolding collapses, a single floorboard flips or safety rail… Read more »