Blog: Talent Alley

What You Need to Know About Recent OSHA Fine Increase Regulations

posted by Nesco Resource • 11/2/2016

Starting August 1, OSHA penalties will rise by 78 percent. The increase for workplace-safety violations is the first by OSHA since 1990 and brings the fines in line with inflation.

New Penalty Structure

Maximum fines for most severe citations, willful violations or repeated, are now $125,000 per violation from $70,000. Serious and other-than-serious violations are $12,500 per violation, up from $7,000. For fines related to failure to abate, companies will now pay $12,741 per day beyond the abatement date, up from $7,000.

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3 Soft Skills to Seek In All Packaging Engineer Candidates

posted by James Krouse • 10/3/2016

In the results-driven business world, human resources professionals may be tempted to undervalue soft skills, focusing on hard skills, or the technical expertise needed to get the job done.

That’s a mistake.

If you’ve ever worked with someone who lacks time management or communications ability — you know the importance of soft skills. These traits, called soft skills, can be hard to spot on a resume. They explain why some people are better communicators, problem-solvers or work better in teams. Having soft skills may be the difference between a stellar employee and one who just gets by.

Soft skills are important traits for packaging engineers, who develop packaging for a company’s products. While it’s crucial that packaging engineers be knowledgeable in technical subjects like chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, the best candidates are ones who also have soft skills.

Here are three soft skills to look for in all packaging engineer candidates.

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How to Turn a Temp Job Into a Permanent One

posted by James Krouse • 10/20/2016

Temporary workers, or “temps,” are hired by companies to fill immediate needs. For job seekers, being a temp can be the perfect opportunity to explore career options and size up the culture of a company before making a commitment. It’s also an excellent way to get hired for a permanent job — if you meet the company’s expectations.

Given the costs associated with hiring permanent employees, companies are hiring in a more strategic way than ever. They’re seeking candidates who are a perfect match in both skills and cultural fit. Hiring temp workers is an excellent way to evaluate an individual on the job without the commitment of hiring them permanently. Think of it as an extended job interview.

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4 Ways to Improve Safety on the Third Shift

posted by James Krouse • 10/13/2016

Studies show that third-shift employees experience more accidents and injuries on the job.

Not surprisingly, working through the night wreaks havoc on an employee’s body. Third-shift work hours can disrupt the body’s regular schedule, leading to increased fatigue, stress, and reduced alertness. And commonly, the third shift is a more inherently hazardous workplace. In some cases, night workers, including foremen, are relatively inexperienced. Workers with the longest seniority typically choose to work during the day — not overnight. To worsen matters, equipment, materials, parts, and tools are often missing or faulty. And the maintenance and setup crews you’d find during the daytime shift are few.

Too often, these factors can lead to accidents and injuries. Here are four ways you can help improve safety for third-shift workers.

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