March 6, 2009
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one in six working Americans has a drug problem. The crisis is particularly acute in the construction industry and cuts across all ethnic groups, trades, professions and educational backgrounds, resulting in a total cost of more than $100 billion a year to American businesses.Some of the impact might be masked, but the U.S. Chamber of...
March 2, 2009
Employee disciplining often gives rise to employment litigation. The disciplinary procedure should follow four rules:• The employee must know the nature of the problem.• The employee must know what he or she must do to fix the problem.• The employee must have a reasonable period of time in which to fix the problem.• The employee must understand the consequences of inaction.The...
February 10, 2009
YKK AP, Austell, Ga., architectural sales representative Kirk Grizzell received the annual President’s Award from the product manufacturer this year for outstanding sales and customer service achievement. The company also presented its Branch of the Year Award to Dallas branch manager Marvin Parker.
January 1, 2009
Just a little incredulity was in order when Merrill Lynch’s John Thain asked for a $10 million bonus at the end of 2008. As all of us contribute to that company’s $10 billion bailout—along with the rest of Wall Street and possibly the auto industry—we look out across the next 12 months with precautionary belt-tightening.So, it was gratifying to learn that several glass...
Cooking up profits through manager training
October 4, 2008
Don't we all wish it were so easy to throw some ingredients together and end up with a recipe for a great manager? Most successful managers tend to be made up of an equal combination of many attributes and skills, but all of them differ in their approach and style.
Legendary basketball coach offers 10 tips for success
October 3, 2008
John Wooden coached men's basketball team at the University of California at Los Angeles to 10 NCAA championships from 1964 to 1975, winning seven in a row. He retired in 1975 and continues to influence people as a motivational speaker.
Model job description for a glazier
September 12, 2008
Human resources experts say thorough job descriptions are critical for companies of any size. Job descriptions provide clear written communication of job expectations for applicants, employees and managers. They help managers make compensation, promotion and firing decisions. Legally, descriptions of a job’s physical requirements also are needed to comply to the Americans With Disabilities...
Good hires are more than just a strong resume
September 12, 2008
Industry managers say hiring an applicant with a personality that will fit with the company team can be more beneficial than simply hiring someone with a strong skill set. Larger lite sizes with low-emissivity coatings often necessitate that the products be heat-strengthened or tempered to prevent thermal or mechanical stress breakage
August 22, 2008
Businesses sometimes spend a lot of money on elaborate security or alarm systems designed to protect their facilities but overlook the basics of loss prevention. Take a few moments to review these tips from the Insurance Information Institute for preventing fire losses:Are employees trained in fire safety? Do they know exactly what to do if a fire starts? Extra training is...
August 15, 2008
When just one worker has a problem with substance abuse, it can impact the workplace in so many ways that are costly for the employer.If the employee is absent, you have decreased production and the cost of temporary staff to fill in. If the substance abuse leads to increased accidents on the job, you are faced with medical claims, lost time and even repairing or replacing...