September 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Frustrated by politics, the economy, or other things over which you have no control? Focus your energy on doing something positive for your industry. Participate in Manufacturing Day. You’ll be glad you did.
September 7, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Love unions or not, they are responsible for many improvements in working conditions in the U.S. They also are responsible for our most recent Federal holiday. However, many workers are not able to observe this holiday the way it was intended.
August 31, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
One in three small businesses have felt the impact of storms or extreme weather, and nearly 40 percent do not reopen after being hit by a natural disaster. Preparation is key to survival.
August 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
What do you think of your boss? Is he or she a good motivator? Do you feel valued? Does your relationship with your boss affect your job performance and satisfaction? Some “Fabricating Update” readers took the time to share their thoughts about bosses they’ve known and what makes a good boss.
August 10, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Have you been watching the 2016 Olympic games? If so, you have witnessed some examples of teamwork at its best. All teams are not the same. Some are dynamic and successful, and others have the makings for disaster. How is your job shop team?
July 20, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
All work and no fun makes for a stressful workplace and diminishes productivity. Are your employees having fun?
June 22, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Have you ever known a highly intelligent, skilled individual who created nothing but ill will and disorder in the workplace? How did your employer handle this situation? “Welding Wire” readers recently weighed in on this topic after reading the blog post “Voting workers off the island.”
June 9, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
“Fabricating Update” subscribers were asked to share their thoughts on the new overtime rules for exempt employees that will take effect Dec. 1. Employees who responded welcome the action. Employers are not so happy about it. And one respondent questions the government’s motive behind the new rules.
April 13, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
You can never have too many customers, or so it’s said. Is this true? What about the customer that has you do all the hard work and takes your well-designed product elsewhere for production? Are you happy to have had their business? Perhaps you can take solace in lessons learned.
March 2, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
A recent post on The Fabricator Blog sparked a Facebook discussion about whether welding students and welders should provide their own tools for school and on the job. We opened the discussion up to “Welding Wire” readers. Here are a few of the many responses we received.
February 18, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
A recent fatality at an industrial site underscores the need to be vigilant about safety at all times. You can never be too safe.
January 28, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Musicians and actors aren’t the only artists worth celebrating and remembering. Take a moment and check out the life and work of rail-car fabricator and artist Thornton Dial.
January 21, 2016 | By Vicki Bell
Older workers are not retiring as they once did. If you are among those still working long after you’re eligible for Social Security and Medicare, here are some tips to help foster better working relationships.
July 16, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Web articles for fabricators—Ohio community hoping to land metal fabricating plant; fabricated R2D2 rolls into Comic Con; FMA, Harper College collaborate on fab lab; Pittsburgh (and 11 other U.S. cities) poised for manufacturing growth; and 3-D printing and the Cardinals
June 3, 2015 | By Vicki Bell
Much attention has been given to the skills gap, a critical issue affecting manufacturing. The Upskill Summit held in April provided an opportunity for manufacturers and other entities to explore concrete measures to alleviate the gap by upskilling workers. Summit participant Traci Tapani, co-president, Wyoming Machine, discusses the initiative.