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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.

Your employees are the lifeblood of your organization, but are you taking the time to properly invest in their development? The concept of employee development continues to grow, making it a necessary focus to consider at your company. Here are five reasons employee development is more important than ever. 

1. Keeps you current

When you encourage your team to grow professionally and invest in their growth, you’re making efforts to keep your company current. In their learning, they can see new technology and options that can streamline your own business and keep you competitive. Stifling your staff’s growth could mean falling behind in the times.

2. Improves your company financially

Hiring and training is an expensive process, so when turnover occurs, you’re back at square one paying everything again. Focusing on employee development, however, can lead to higher retention rates. Even better, these loyal employees can boost your bottom line because they’re more engaged and productive.

3. Aids in internal hiring

Growing your team now is preparing them with promotions tomorrow. Outside hires serve a purpose, but there are also benefits to raising up your current employees into new roles. By investing in their career, you’re helping to prepare them for a long tenure spent working for you in different roles.

4. Attracts top talent

If you need to look outside for talent, your employee development program will help there as well. As the workforce evolves, more employees are looking for opportunities in professional growth at their companies they apply to when job searching. By making it a part of who you are, you might just be sending the right message to the right candidate.

5. Supports employee engagement

How engaged are you when you’re bored? Probably not very, but that’s what you can do to your employees when you fail to help develop them. They will do the same job day in and day out and eventually become restless and feel like they aren’t learning anything new. Taking the time to encourage and arrange growth opportunities can bring them back around and get them excited to work again.

Staffing and recruiting for multiple industries

Whether you’re looking for temporary, seasonal, or highly skilled manufacturing, light industrial, warehouse, and office workers, Workbox Staffing is here to help! We do our homework to make sure we deliver on all your staffing requirements, every time. Locate a Workbox Staffing agency near you to get started!

If you don’t believe in yourself and what you can do, it’s hard to make others believe that about you. When you go into an interview, you need to be able to speak confidently about your experience and accomplishments so the employer can have confidence in you as a potential employee.

This delicate balance can quickly move from confidence to cockiness, causing the interviewer to develop a negative opinion of you. Most people aren’t looking to hire someone who’s overly arrogant, despite their qualifications. Try these four ways to show off your confidence without taking it too far.

1. Start with your appearance

How you’re dressed is the interviewer’s first impression of you. You know the basic rules, but sometimes looking sharp can carry into the excessive. When you cover yourself in noticeably expensive brands, you aren’t letting your demeanor speak for itself. You’re immediately shouting, ‘look at me I buy nice things!’ Let your skills speak louder than your expensive watch.

2. Speak carefully about yourself

There will be several moments where you can either be too self-deprecating or too self-promoting. If complimented, don’t immediately go into a thousand reasons why it isn’t warranted. You also don’t want to explain to them why it is necessary based on how awesome you are. Again, it’s about finding humility in your accomplishments and recognizing how you received help without giving away all the credit.

3. Watch your tone

Speaking loudly doesn’t make you seem more authoritative; it simply makes you seem a little annoying. If you come in speaking louder to exude confidence, the interviewer will likely see right through it. Similarly, being too quiet can hurt you as well. The key is to speak clearly and confidently, not loudly.

4. Answer with real weaknesses

The old trick when asked about weaknesses is to turn them into strengths, but sometimes this can hurt you. It can make you seem arrogant because you aren’t being vulnerable or honest. Everyone has weaknesses that don’t translate into strengths. A confident person can discuss these and their impact on the job without trying to overcompensate.

A staffing agency changing expectations

At Workbox Staffing, we’re doing things differently. We may not be the standard corporate types, but we always get the job done. Our recruiters are real humans who take the time to get to know you and your skills and help guide you through the placement process. Jumpstart your job search today and request a call from us!

When considering how to advance your manufacturing career, there are a few options to consider, like additional training and more education. A more individualized approach is finding a mentor.

Mentors can guide you in several ways, whether you’re looking to grow personally and/or professionally. You identify them because they represent who you’d like to become and based on your shared beliefs. Once in place, a mentor will help navigate different areas of your life and share the wisdom they’ve learned. Here are three benefits to having a mentor in the manufacturing industry.

Help advance your career

Having a mentor in manufacturing will help you map out where you’d like your own career to go. Because they’ve already gone through it, they can help advise you with next steps and the right opportunities to pursue.

Beyond helping you navigate your current organization; they can introduce you to other employers and companies. By doing this, they are giving you an in that will help your application get noticed.

Hold you accountable

Goal setting is an important piece part of career advancement, but sometimes sticking to them can be challenging. With a mentor, you’re held accountable for what you wanted to accomplish. Their attitude isn’t mean or judgmental; instead, they’re trying to help you be your best and want to make sure you get there.

Provide vital insight

Because they’ve been through it, your mentor will help you gain a larger perspective on each situation and impart wisdom that will help you persevere. The more time you spend with them, the more likely you’ll experience both personal and professional development. You want to learn all you can from your mentor.

Empower yourself for a better tomorrow

Pursuing a mentor is one of the best ways to give yourself a brighter future in your manufacturing career. Partnering with Workbox Staffing is another wise decision. We don’t view people as ‘one-size-fits-all’ and want to make sure we’re placing you in the right role. That’s why we pair you with a personalized career coach that gets to know you the individual. Our simple process helps us find the job that’s perfect for you. Request a call today to get started!

Forklifts are an important piece of equipment in many warehouse and manufacturing operations. Like all heavy machinery, they present certain risks to safety when not properly cared for or operated. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that approximately 25 percent of all deaths related to forklift accidents are caused by the forklift overturning. Here are eight forklift safety tips to help you avoid damage, injury, and death on the job.

1. Inspect forklifts frequently

Safety inspections for forklifts should be done daily before every shift. This way your team is aware of any changes or potential issues. If the safety checks turn up anything unusual, report it to the shift supervisor and do not operate the forklift until it’s resolved.

2. Limit use to qualified operators

Operation of forklifts should be limited to workers who have been trained, authorized, and licensed to use.

3. Plan your path

Before operation, make sure your path is clear and there’s enough room to navigate while carrying your load. This includes looking at overhead clearances depending on the size of what you’re carrying.

4. Follow your company rules

Outside of the general rules, make sure you’re aware of your company’s specific safety procedures. These may include information about seatbelts, passengers, speed limits and the proper equipment to wear.

5. Make sure you can see

Always adjust your load to maintain optimum visibility. If it is too high, drive the forklift in reverse slowly. Ask your fellow workers for assistance when surrounded by corners and high stacks to aid in navigation.

6. Pay attention to your forklift’s capacity

One of the easiest ways to cause an accident is to overload a forklift. Know the weight restrictions and don’t try to add counterweights to carry a heavier load.

7. Monitor load stability

In addition to weight, you want to make sure your load is stable. If you pick it up without verifying, it may cause the forklift to become unbalanced. When going up ramps, make sure the load is held higher than the body of your machine, and you should go up moving forward and go down moving in reverse.

8. Watch for pedestrians

When approaching a busy pedestrian area, slow down the forklift and be on the lookout. Don’t risk any blind spots or crosswalks, including intersections, stairways, exits, doors, entrances, and corners. Always stop and sound your horn before continuing.

 Jumpstart your job search

When you’re ready to find a new job, trust Workbox Staffing for help with light industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse operations positions. We’re committed to finding the right fit based on your skills and experiences. Apply online or call us today to begin your journey to a better tomorrow.