Dolly Parton sang about working 9 to 5, but the reality is not everyone works that same schedule. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that among the salary and full-time workers in the United States, approximately 15% of them work different shifts. That’s a pretty high percentage, especially when you remember it doesn’t include part-time and temporary workers.

Shift work is inevitable in many industries, including protective service, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and food. In some cases, the work can’t stop at 5 p.m., requiring workers to extend their days, sometimes completely overnight. Some employees prefer shiftwork because of the flexibility and others just accept it as what they must do.

If your industry runs on shift work, it’s important to determine which shift is right for you. Even working shifts, work-life balance is important and it’s crucial to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and your dependents. When considering the best shift for you, ask yourself these questions.

When do I need to be home?

First and foremost, you must know when you need to be available. If you have kids, then you must consider getting them to school or daycare and finding sitters. Based on their schedules, you can determine the best times for you to be on the job.

If you don’t have kids, you can still think about other aspects in your life, like family functions, friend hangouts, organization memberships, or social clubs. Try and find the most common time you want to be free and locate the shift that accommodates that for you.

How will my sleep be affected?

Because many shifts extend into the late evening and even overnight, you must consider yourself as a sleeper. It’s no secret that overnights disrupt sleep schedules and can even cause health problems like insomnia. Some people do well on these shifts, but others don’t prefer them. It can be especially trying if your shifts change, keeping your body from settling into a rhythm. The more disrupted your schedule becomes, the more it can disrupt your sleep.

Will I have the opportunity to switch?

Perhaps your solution to finding the right shift is trying it and see. This can be the best method because you may find afternoons to be perfect or overnights preferable. When considering shifts, it’s important to learn if you can try and shift, or if regular rotations are an option.

Find the perfect shift and job for you.

At Workbox Staffing, we know you want the right job that fits your goals and schedule. We take the time to get to know you and what you’re looking for before trying to place you to make sure everything matches up. When you’re looking for the next step in your light industrial, warehouse, office, or manufacturing career, trust Workbox. Jumpstart your job search by working with us today! You can browse our open positions or visit any of our locations to get started.

As the year winds down, it’s time to reflect and decide what you want to accomplish in the following 365 days. To give yourself the best chance at success, don’t wait until the final days of the year to determine what you want to do. Here are the best ways to begin setting your 2020 career goals now.

Make your list and check it twice

Sure, this sounds like a Santa Claus technique, but it works! When you make a list of goals that are too long and potentially unattainable, it can make you lose focus on everything else. Once you realize you won’t achieve them all, you stop working toward any.

Make a complete list of what you want to do, and then narrow it down. Ideally, a number around three is your best chance for success. This way, instead of spreading yourself thin to accomplish a lot of things, you’re giving your best effort to what matters most.

Set benchmarks to help you succeed

Three goals are good, but you want to figure out how you’re going to get there. By creating a plan with benchmarks along the way, you’re giving yourself a way to track the progress made and feel good on the journey instead of being disappointed the destination is so far away.

There are no steps too small for this – anything you can cross off toward a goal is a great way to feel like you’re getting closer.

Learn from those you envy

In most situations, the shade of envy is an unflattering color, but when applied appropriately, it can help you succeed. Consider people in your life who are doing what you want to do and achieving what you’d like to achieve. How are they doing it? What are they doing to improve? If you don’t know exactly how to start your goals, model the behaviors of someone who’s getting it right, which can begin to direct your steps.

Being 2020 with a new career

Maybe, after setting your goals, you realize a new career is your next step to success. If this is where you’re at, let Workbox Staffing help you take the next step and work with you to find a better tomorrow. Request a call today to get started!

When you’re ready for a new job, it can be tempting to just blast your resume out everywhere and hope for the best. This tactic seems wise because you’re giving yourself a lot of opportunities, but in reality, you could be wasting time and missing the right jobs. Here are a few ways to fine-tune your job search and give yourself the best chance at finding the perfect role for you.  

Match Your Background and Interests 

This seems obvious, but when you’re desperate for something new, it’s easy to compromise both what you can do and what you want to do. In order to find a role that truly works for you where you will be content, you want to make sure you’re qualified and actually want to do the work.  

Take some time to consider what you’ve done before, what you can do, and what you want to do. Use that as your guide when go through job posting to give you the best chance of connecting with an opportunity that will work for you.  

Network as Much as You Can 

Both online and in-person networking can help lead you to the right role. You never know who you’re going to meet and what connection they have and how that might get you an interview at your dream company. Find events in your area created for professionals in your industry or even just a general networking opportunity.  

Find people on LinkedIn that have a job you’re interested in or work at a company of interest to you. Don’t just add them to your network – start a conversation so you can learn more about what they do and how they like their roles. Not only are you growing your professional network, but you’re also growing as a professional.  

Work With a Staffing Agency 

Ultimately, one of the best ways to connect only with jobs that meet your skillset and interest is to have the help of a recruiter. They’ll know your field almost as well as you and work to connect you with the perfect opportunities. Plus, they’ll know about jobs you’ve never even seen, giving you an edge in your search.  

If you’re looking for a career in manufacturing, warehouse operations, light industrial work, office or administrative help, then Workbox Staffing is the employment firm for you. We’ll pair you with a personalized career coach to make sure we know exactly what you can and want to do and work hard to make your dream a reality. Find one of our locations near you to get started 

In your company, you understand why safety is important. You know the risks and what can happen to your team and you want to keep them from injury or worse. You follow the OSHA requirements and know the processes and repercussions should something happen. Sometimes, it feels like you live and breathe safety, but does your team feel the same?

In order to get general buy-in, you need to change how your employees view safety. Here are some suggestions to extend the understanding beyond management.

Develop a company culture built on safety

If safety isn’t the expectation, your employees will never take it seriously. When it becomes ingrained in your company culture, it will be second nature to follow the rules and even report violations.

Start with additional training and signed contracts with your current team if safety needs to be more of a focus. Then, when you onboard new employees, impress the importance of it on them and have them sign as well. Eventually, by doing this, safety will become a part of your company.

Keep your team updated

Regulations change and new equipment is installed, so make sure you’re holding meetings and trainings when necessary. This way, there’s no excuse for not knowing and you can be sure everyone is educated.

There might be grumblings about meetings at first, but like building it into your culture, soon it will become an understood part of the job. Plus, you can use this as a recruiting tool to let potential employees know you value both safety and training.

Develop rewards system for safety practices

While you don’t want to develop a culture built around tattle tales, you can reward other safety practices to provide an additional incentive for following the company rules. For example, if an employee notices something off with a machine and reports it, that could qualify for a public acknowledgement and small reward. You could even develop a safe employee of the month program to recognize someone who consistently makes it a priority.

Find the safe employees you need today

The right employees can make or break your company, which is why you need more than just a body in a role. You want performers who value what’s important to your company, like safety. We put our employees through an extensive evaluation process, including background checks, testing, and drug screenings, to make sure they’re the real deal.

Next time you’re looking for an employee in your light industrial, warehouse, manufacturing, or office/administration setting, trust Workbox Staffing to deliver. Contact us today to get started!

As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to start thinking about everything you want to accomplish in 2019. Whether it’s resolutions to be more productive, to work out more, or to spend more time with your family, the goal is to always do ‘more’ of what’s good for you. Sometimes it’s important to focus on what you should do less of, especially when it comes to these bad work habits.

Spending Time With Negative Nancy’s

Most people want to be liked and feel included. Often, especially in work settings, this can lead people to fall in with the negative crowds. The co-workers who are skeptical about everything and always have a snide comment to add. While it’s hard to distance yourself from these ‘cool kids,’ being away from the negativity is ultimately better for your productivity and your attitude.

Overeating Due To Stress

It’s hard to avoid stress at work, just like it’s hard to say no to cake in the breakroom. Often, these two overlap and even though you aren’t hungry, that day-old cake seems like the perfect way to cope with ongoing stress. This year, make a conscious effort to say no to eating when you aren’t hungry and find more productive ways to address the stress.

Eating Too Much Junk Food

Similar to overeating due to stress, it can be easy when you’re busy to opt for fast food on the go or a soda to boost you up. While these things are fine occasionally, too often they can leave you feeling tired and unproductive, which is the last thing you want at work.

Be more mindful of packing your food ahead of time, so the battle is half won at lunch time. Take time to purchase and pack food you enjoy, that will also boost your energy, so you can feel good, eat well, and say no to junk food temptations.

Being Late

Sometimes this is unavoidable, but it can also stem from a chronic inability to leave on time. In 2019, resolve to arrive on time – if not early – and start by giving yourself more time in the morning. When you rush and arrive to work late, your day has started in a scramble and that feeling of being on edge will stay with you throughout the day. Try waking up a little earlier to give yourself more time to prepare for your day, and arrive to work on time and ready to kick butt.

Complaining About Your Job

This year, don’t stay at your job if you aren’t satisfied. Take the plunge and find a new opportunity. If you’re looking for something new in light industrial, manufacturing, or clerical settings, partner with Workbox Staffing to make 2019 the year you change your life. We work with you to learn about your skills and where you want to go, to help find the perfect fit. Apply today and see how we can help your career continue to grow.