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Established in 2012, Manufacturing Month provides industry with a chance to educate the public about what manufacturing is and is not in the United States today with a view toward promoting employment in American manufacturing.
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The manufacturing skills gap and low unemployment is making it challenging for companies to meet their workforce needs when gearing up for peak season. Follow these three tips to help your recruiting efforts and find enough staff for your busy season.
Strategic partnerships are complex for all companies big and small, so mitigating potential problems before they occur requires being aware of what they are are and how to handle them in advance.
As industrial control systems become more complex with the expansion of the IIoT, mitigation of cyberattacks becomes critically important for manufacturing, fulfillment and distribution operations.
Get the information you need to ensure your company is getting the most out of contracting with vendors with service-level agreements.
If your facility is still reliant upon a fully traditional sourcing strategy, your company is likely missing out on the benefits lean sourcing can offer: simplicity, efficiency and profitability. We take a look at what lean sourcing is, how it can be implemented and some concrete examples of lean sourcing success stories.
Because June is National Safety Month, Staff Management | SMX thought examining the history of industrial safety in the United States and Canada would be beneficial. Understanding the development of safety in North American industry provides us with an informed eye on the future.
Master the power of acting in the interest of your company and it's strategic partners, by putting traditional economic theories to work to maximize ROI at your facility.
As the manufacturing skills gap widens, skilled production positions are increasingly difficult to fill. Take a look at these tips for hiring machinists, operators and technicians.
Five steps you can implement at your facility to reduce turnover in manufacturing and ensure your company is one that people want to work for.
While securing talent and technology at the lowest price are key, a winning manufacturing procurement strategy should be balanced between value and cost.
Are you tired of the inconveniences that come from juggling several different staffing suppliers at once? What can you expect when you consolidate?
In 2018, employers need to be on the watch for new regulations at the state and local level. How can you respond to the complicated patchwork of legislation? Take a look at our ebook to find out.
Regulations have to keep up with the times, and so do businesses. Companies that are compliant with the latest workforce regulations are in a prime position. Learn about the 2018 compliance landscape from our on-demand webinar!
Check out the January 2018 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Check out the December 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Check out the November 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
A recent report revealed that some manufacturing leaders prioritize productivity over safety because they view safety guidelines as a productivity disruptor. Workplace safety should never be disregarded, so what can you do to keep safety on top of everyone's mind? Here are several ways to create a safety culture while maintaining high productivity levels.
Check out the September 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
While there’s evidence that the manufacturing skills gap may be shrinking, it’s still causing headaches for many companies that operate in remote areas or tough labor markets. If you’re one of these companies that’s still feeling the negative effects of the skills gap, here are three things you can do to attract and retain skilled workers.
Check out the September 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from the American Staffing Association.
Recently, many apps have emerged that have made it even easier to connect people in this labor market to short-term or shift-by-shift jobs. These companies can now fill their temporary jobs in minutes with the click of a button. But can these apps really replace the services offered by temp agencies and traditional staffing providers?
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When you partner with a staffing firm, it's important that you're both on the same page. What really makes staffing services stand out? Find out how Staff Management | SMX drives client satisfaction.
A recent report found that companies believe goal alignment with their talent solution provider is good at first, but goes downhill as the relationship progresses. If you're looking for a new staffing partner, here are three things they should offer to ensure ongoing performance success and alignment with your business objectives.
When you think about the costs of overtime, you probably think about up-front payroll expenses. But do you think about the long-term costs too? How does overtime impact your bottom line? We examine the effect that this stopgap solution has on your expenses and what you can do about it.
In a tight labor market, getting the best people for the job is a big enough challenge on its own. But how do you keep them invested in your company? Flexible work arrangements, like alternative scheduling, have long been popular options, but they carry challenges too. Here are our tips for efficiently implementing flexible solutions.
The growing prominence of additive manufacturing could mean big changes for several industries and their workforce needs. We examine three prominent industries that could be disrupted by 3-D printing in the coming years and explore how their workforce will have to shift.
Check out the June 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
New laws at the state and local level have impacted standard pre-employment screening processes in a big way. From time to time, you'll have to update your policies. What practices should you watch out for?
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is being used by large companies to boost warehouse efficiency and reduce operating costs. But this doesn't mean there isn't room for midsize companies. Increased accessibility to technology and small implementation steps are making it easier for smaller companies to leverage the strength of IIoT.
Greenfield investments can be an attractive opportunity for companies based in other countries, but when they make the shift to manufacturing in the United States, they might encounter some hurdles. Here are three common hurdles, and three leaps, or strategies for overcoming them.
Simple scheduling has its appeal, but is it holding your operation back? Our FLEX scheduling uses a flexible job-sharing framework to help you reduce turnover and burnout while increasing fill rates.
If you’re looking to improve workplace safety, or the way you track it, try implementing a safety scorecard within your organization. To get you started, we created a generic template that includes common safety performance metrics that can be easily tailored to fit your specific safety goals.
Industrial robots can increase productivity and the quality of work produced by your operation. However, as these machines become further integrated into business networks, they could be exposed to hackers. How might cybercriminals take advantage of your robots, and what can you do about it?
June is known as National Safety Month, but what does that mean? We're here to teach you about the history of the movement for safe workplaces as well as provide you with tips about how to make safety a core value of your company. Do you know how you stand to benefit from a safety-oriented culture?
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Staffing programs can be an asset that assists your organization. But how can you and your staffing partner best position yourselves to add value at your organization? Follow these five best practices to enhance your staffing program's ROI.
OSHA regularly releases lists of the top ten citations they've delivered in the previous year. Want to know which violations are too common? Find out how you can work proactively to avoid falls, machine-related injuries and other safety hazards in your workplace.
It's a classic business ideal: raise productivity while lowering costs. Automation is one way to pursue this goal, but human workers are still better at many critical tasks for your supply chain. So how can you leverage technology to boost the productivity of human workers in your supply chain? Augmented reality is one option, and there are several different types of solutions available.
Millennials entered the workplace with high expectations and the next cohort, Generation Z, is doing the same. As the oldest members join the workforce with a different professional outlook than their predecessors, companies will need to adapt if they want to attract this young talent.
Safety in the workplace is important for all businesses, but it can be especially important for companies that use contingent labor. What safety challenges are unique to the contingent workforce world, and how can you make sure that you've found a staffing partner that values safety as much as you do? Find out what your staffing partner should do to ensure compliance.
When it comes to staffing, industry-leading businesses expect to be able to contract workers through a local supplier. But is it enough for your staffing partner to be local? What if they could be hyperlocal?
An efficient supply chain will allow you to meet customer’s quality expectations and fulfill order demands quickly while delivering the most revenue. However, maintaining a balance between these key supply chain constraints – cost, quality and speed – is a difficult task for many operations.
Working with a recruiter can broaden the pool of talent from which hiring managers source candidates. But whenever the search team expands, it's important to verify that everybody's on the same page. To make sure that you're headed for success, share these five key decisions with your talent acquisition partner.
Many businesses choose to outsource their supply chains to leverage the resources and expertise that a third party can provide and to free up time to focus on core business objectives. While outsourcing can provide flexibility and cost savings, it also has its drawbacks. Depending on which growth stage your business is in, it may be beneficial to move your supply chain back in-house.
Different operations require different contingent workforce strategies. You can choose to go the single-supplier route and partner with one supplier who will take care of all your staffing needs. You can also opt for a multi-supplier strategy that distributes staffing responsibility across multiple suppliers. While both will provide the workers you need to optimize your operation and accommodate fluctuating demand, one may be better suited for your specific operational needs.
Businesses throughout the U.S. are struggling to fill positions in advanced manufacturing. What's at the heart of the skills gap, and how can industry leaders bridge the divide to maximize efficiency?
Advanced manufacturing is growing increasingly complex, and careers in the sector are too often left unfilled for prolonged periods of time. Part of the reason for this skills gap is a lack of interest among young people. To remain competitive, manufacturers are going to need to get tomorrow's innovators interested. Here's how industry leaders are getting kids on board.
Searching for top talent in today’s competitive recruitment market takes more than an attractive job description and a strong sense of company culture. With unemployment rates near pre-recession numbers, targeting quality job seekers requires an in-depth understanding of your market – an area that many employers often overlook. So, what information do you need to be successful in your search?
Check out the February 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Today's workforce can include colleagues from as many as five different generations. How can you ensure that positive communication strategies forward cross-generational collaboration inside your organization? We have tips and advice.
Outsourcing your hiring needs can be a great way to free up time and resources for your organization, but what makes for an exceptional third-party recruiter? Look for these key practices.
The manufacturing industry is undergoing major changes. Driven by an improved economic climate and advancements in engineering and technology systems, these developments are paving the way for a technical-centric industrial evolution – more often referred to as the fourth Industrial revolution.
When you’re looking to source exceptional candidates for specialized positions, you could wind up spending too much time or too many resources that you just don’t have. You might also risk hiring a bad fit. When you already have a lot on your plate, contracting a third-party recruitment agency may be the way to go.
Considering referred candidates for vacant positions can be highly beneficial for your organization. How do you best tap this pool of largely passive talent? Here are some tips and tools for developing an employee referral program at your organization.
Check out the January 2017 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
When it comes to working with a third-party recruiter, your delay or lack of communication can be detrimental to their success in finding you quality candidates. Here are some reasons why.
Check out the December 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
If you’re struggling to attract or retain quality talent, the first factor you should consider is wage rate. Do you know if your offer is competitive in the current marketplace? If your analysis finds it’s not, there are a few changes you can make.
Check out the November 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Recruiters everywhere are becoming familiar with a new type of candidate in the talent pool. This candidate’s resume may look different than their counterparts. They might place value on aspects of the employment offer that may not have received a lot of attention in years past.
Struggling to determine the number of employees you’ll need to get you through busy season? Or, do you know how many you need but just can’t find them? An understaffed or poorly planned workforce can have a significant impact on productivity and your bottom line. Overtime payroll can increase, employee motivation can decrease and quality may suffer.
Check out the October 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Check out the September 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
Many organizations have a need for contingent labor, but not all staffing models are created equal. There are a number of different models to choose from and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Choosing the model that is the best fit for you is entirely dependent on your organization's unique needs and goals. It is important to understand where your organization stands on these three points:
The Conference Board’s Leading Economic index for the US rose 0.4% in July to a level of 124.3 (2010 = 100) after rising 0.3% in June. Separately, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that US initial claims for unemployment fell by 4,000 in the week ended Aug. 16 to a level of 262,000. Reuters reports claims fell more than expected last week, reinforcing views of labor market strength that could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates soon.
The rate of layoffs in the U.S. dropped to 1.1% in June, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The report presented an ambiguous picture of the U.S. labor market, highlighting that the rate of hiring has yet to fully recover from the 2007-09 recession.
Check out the August 2016 Employment Trends Infographic for key stats from BLS’s Employment Situation Report and staffing updates from ASA.
The U.S. four-week moving average of initial claims for unemployment insurance fell to 256,500 last week, down 1,000 from the previous week’s average, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor. The previous week’s average was revised downward by 250.
TrueBlue Inc. ranked as the largest U.S. industrial staffing firm in terms of industrial temporary staffing revenue, according to Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2016 list of largest U.S. industrial staffing firms. EmployBridge Holding Company and Express Employment Professionals rank second and third, respectively.
High employee turnover rates can increase spend and lower productivity. To improve your cost containment strategy and create sustainable savings, start by using these three tactics to reduce turnover.
According to CareerBuilder’s new mid-year 2016 US job forecast, 32% of hiring managers and human resource professionals plan to hire temporary or contract staff in the second half of 2016, down slightly from the 34% who said the same in a separate survey for the second half of last year.
Hiring a new employee involves a degree of uncertainty and risk. Carrying out this process internally amplifies that risk even more because of the extensive time, money and resources you need to allocate to it. Learn how partnering with a direct hire firm can benefit your organization.
Is there a disconnect between the goals of your safety program and the behaviors of your employees? Try reevaluating how you motivate them! In order for your safety program to work, your employees need to be motivated and committed. Check out this blog for five ways to motivate your employees to follow your safety program
Gather 'round for the match that everyone's been waiting for – the face-off between temp-to-hire and direct hire staffing solutions!
June is National Safety Month and Staff Management | SMX wants to help keep you, your employees and your workplace safe. Check out our infographic, 4 Most Common Safety Incidents in the Workplace, to learn about common safety hazards and the steps you can take to reduce them.
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It’s a job-seeker’s market; we’re all just recruiting talent in it. Or at least we’re trying to, but it isn’t easy. In order to help you quickly find top talent, Staff Management | SMX has identified five simple recruiting tactics to solve some not so simple problems.
Under a new rule, more workers will be automatically eligible for overtime. This rule will add overtime protections to an estimated 4.2 million more Americans and increase wages for workers by $12 billion over the next 10 years.