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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.

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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.

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A job interview is like a normal conversation with higher stakes. It’s a back and forth between you and the interviewer, where they want to learn more about you, and you want to learn more about the position and company. Because of this, the questions you ask at the end of the interview are essential. To make sure you impress the interviewer, consider asking these 10 questions.

What are the most important qualities for the person who fills this position?

This can provide insight beyond the basic description. Here you can learn more about the type of person who will fit in with their culture and decide if it’s a good fit for you.

Please tell me a little bit more about the day-to-day of this role

Here you learn more about the role and the skills that are required. By learning what you’d be doing on a daily basis, you can offer additional information to show how you would make a good fit based on your experience.

What is your company culture like?

Understanding the company culture prior to being hired will help you determine whether you’ll fit in and succeed. Depending on your situation, this may help you decide between accepting the job or passing for another opportunity.

As far as this department goes, what do you feel are the biggest opportunities and challenges?

When you ask this, you show the employer you’re dedicated to learning all you can and applying your skills to help continue its success.

Who is your top competitor and why?

Your pre-interview research should’ve made this clear but asking provides insight into the employer’s mind. You can even offer some of what you learned when asking to show you’ve done your research and are looking to learn more.

Where is your company going?

A healthy company is growing, so an insight into a five-year plan can help you decide whether there is a future for you.

 Are there opportunities for growth in the company?

You don’t want to give the impression you’re always looking for the next opportunity, but this question can help you evaluate your own potential and show an employer you’re willing to be loyal.

What do you like best about working here?

With this, you can learn more about the culture and see a more personal side to your interviewer and their feelings about their workplace.

What are the next steps?

This shows you’re interested in continuing the pursuit of the position. By knowing the timeline, you can follow up based on what you’re told, so you don’t come off as overzealous.

How am I compared to others you’ve interviewed?

This is a bold question and should be asked on a case-by-case basis, depending on their hiring process and how you felt the interview went.

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