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Like it or not, winter is coming. With it brings new safety challenges and hazards for your manufacturing company. Even if it seems like you still have time, now is the time to take proactive steps to make your workplace safer before the snow falls.

Be aware of the most common accidents

Sleet, snow, and ice all wreak havoc during the winter and cause serious injuries and accidents for your team. Your manufacturing company can’t afford to overlook the risks and not be prepared for these potential accidents.

Slips and falls

These are always a risk during the nicest days and the threats are magnified once the weather makes every surface more slippery. Outside walkways and stairs face the most exposure, but workers tracking the snow and ice can cause slippery entrances and hallways.

Vehicle accidents

Obviously, elements that cause accidents on foot can also cause them in a vehicle. Road conditions can deteriorate rapidly, putting your employees in a potentially dangerous situation.

Physical ailments

Outside of what an accident because of the weather can cause, there’s also the risk of physical ailments like hypothermia and frostbite. For workers who spend a lot of time outside during the extreme cold, this can be a real threat.

What can you do?

Now that you know the risks, it’s time to determine what you can do at your workplace to avoid them at all costs. Some things will be out of your control, but you don’t want to overlook a solution to make your company safer.

Make sure your team is wearing the proper equipment

If your workers are going to be outside, make sure they’re dressed in the appropriate gear. This can include specialty coats, boots, and gloves. Don’t just tell them – make sure it’s enforced.

Keep your vehicles safe

Make sure your company cars and trucks are winter-ready with snow tires, windshield wiper fluid, up-to-date inspections, and scrapers and brushes to clean off the snow. It’s also advisable to keep an emergency kit in each vehicle just in case.

Maintain your walkways

Any slip or fall on your property, whether it’s one of your employees or a member of the public, could become grounds for a lawsuit. Maintenance and snow removal should be a top priority in the winter months to keep everyone safe.

Staffing and recruiting for multiple industries

When you need reliable talent to add to the success of your organization, trust Workbox Staffing. We deliver highly qualified employees in manufacturing, light industrial, and warehouse operations. Find a location near you to get started today!

A single stressed employee could have several explanations, like circumstances outside the office. When you notice multiple people and several teams expressing tell-tale signs of stress, like irritability, absences, and waning enthusiasm, you might have to consider the problem is something at your company. If you want to keep your team from getting burnt out, here are five helpful tips.

 1. Set the expectations

When an employee isn’t sure of what he or she should be doing, it can cause them to feel stress in their work. Or if they know what they should be doing and feel stressed by everything that needs to be done, it can lead to similar feelings.

As an employer, you have to make sure your team understands what is expected of them when it comes to their duties on the job. Obviously, you want them to perform the appropriate tasks, but make it clear it should never be at the cost of their mental health.

2. Lead by example

If you tell your team they don’t have to stay late or work overtime to complete a project, make sure they see that attitude reflected in you. As a manager, you have added responsibilities, but your work-life balance is also important. They may hear you telling them to go home, but if they see you every night staying late, they may feel obligated to do the same.

3. Encourage vacation time

Some companies make it very difficult to request time off or even take it at all, which promotes a culture of overworking and stress. Make sure you encourage your employees to use the time they earn to refresh and relax. They will do better on feeling better at work by using their time and feeling they can take a few days off without the world at work collapsing.

4. Check-in with your team

Don’t just assume they’re taking care of themselves; actually check in to make sure. Find out how they’re feeling about their workload and various projects and what they’re doing to relax. By taking this time, you’ll have a better idea of what they’re going through and won’t be oblivious when burn out occurs. You can help prevent it just by showing you care.

5. Acknowledge their work

Sometimes stress can come from working hard and feeling like no one notices. Being recognized isn’t the reason for work, but it can make the experience better. As a manager, make sure your team’s work isn’t going unnoticed. Let them know you see the extra effort and everything they’re doing and consider different ways to appreciate them.

Recruiting and staffing at its best

At Workbox Staffing, our goal is the make your business as profitable and productive as possible. Instead of taking the time in house, we make the hiring process easy, fast and worthwhile. Let us take care of hiring so you can focus on what matters most – your business! Contact a location near you to get started today!

Recruiting trends for 2019 follow a basic theme: candidates have the power. Gone are the days where a company took as long as it wanted in making a decision. To find and keep the best talent, you need to focus your strategy on why they should choose you and sell your company. To keep up with this trend, consider implementing the following recruitment strategies on the rise.

Provide a good candidate experience

In today’s recruitment climate, you have to treat your candidates like customers. This means thinking about what they want and need and working with them whenever possible. If you keep the candidate updated throughout the process and extend an offer quickly, you’ll create a better experience.

Taking too long to make an offer or failing to update them at all could do more than cost you qualified people for this position – it could keep more candidates from applying in the future. One post on Glassdoor or negative conversation can sully your brand reputation.

Speaking of brand reputation

How you present yourself is almost as important as what you have to present. Your brand is an applicant’s first introduction to your company. Every choice, from logo to colors to website layout, affects their opinion of you. A strong brand combines both compelling visuals and a strong mission. When your mission is supported by your work and actions, you’ll see more candidates wishing to be a part of it.

Build up your talent selection

A LinkedIn study found that 90 percent of professionals around the world are open to learning about new career opportunities, but less than 40 percent of them are currently looking to make a change. It’s up to you to find the talent you want and woo them into joining your team.

Build your talent pool based on people you feel would fit into positions within your company. Cultivate these relationships, so you stay up to date with your options.

Trust our recruiting expertise

The top recruiting trends and methods may change, but our commitment to delivering you the best won’t. We keep up with changes to the staffing industry to make sure we’re doing what works for your company. Our goal is simple – make your business as profitable and productive as possible. Find out more about our methods today!