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Posted 08/25/2020

Staffing Solutions in a COVID World

In 2020, HR leadership in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry have been hit hard by three waves of change as a result of COVID-19. The first wave – a virtual tsunami of health and safety documentation. The second wave – the unanticipated expansion of product lines to include medically necessary products, which meant more workers needed to be hired. The third wave – a deluge of desperate, sometimes unqualified job applicants inundating the HR inbox with applications. As Fall approaches, a 4th wave of change is emerging.  Many clients of Moffat Workforce are preparing for continued volatility in their manufacturing workforce.  Moffat…
In 2020, HR leadership in Minnesota’s manufacturing industry have been hit hard by three waves of change as a result of COVID-19. The first wave…
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Posted 08/07/2020

Building a Quality Manufacturing Workforce in a Volatile Employment Market

In 2020, many manufacturing businesses find themselves in a fight for existence, facing a volatile employment market that few could have imagined a mere six months ago. A deadly virus … The temporary closure of many businesses … Restructuring workspaces to protect worker health … Unemployment rates higher than any our nation has seen since the Great Depression … The cost of this volatility has been devastating to our economy and business community. But for some Minnesota manufacturing businesses, crisis has turned into opportunity that benefits not only the company and its workers, but the entire nation. They’ve been able…
In 2020, many manufacturing businesses find themselves in a fight for existence, facing a volatile employment market that few could have imagined a mere six…
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Posted 04/16/2020

How to Hire During a Pandemic

All the craziness happening in the world is forcing everyone to adapt and change quickly, in order to overcome challenges that never existed before. Hiring is one of those challenges and it can be hard for companies to navigate during these uncertain times. Here are some helpful tips on how you can effectively manage your hiring process during this time and continue your hiring efforts to stay well positioned once “normal” returns. Get comfortable with Video Interviewing: In our digital age, there is no shortage of tools, including Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams and Skype, to name a few. These are…
All the craziness happening in the world is forcing everyone to adapt and change quickly, in order to overcome challenges that never existed before. Hiring…
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Posted 11/11/2019

Maintaining Productivity During Vacation Season

Vacation season is almost upon us. Days of fun in the sun and all that goes with the more relaxed nature of summer is just around the corner. And although you fully believe in the benefits of vacation time, you admit to a smidge of nerves, a tiny ruffling of your managerial feathers when you peer at the full vacation calendar. The benefits of time away from the job, as well as your daily rituals and responsibilities, are well-established. But it’s your job to make sure it’s “business as usual” during those vacationing days of summer. You know, that the…
Vacation season is almost upon us. Days of fun in the sun and all that goes with the more relaxed nature of summer is just…
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Posted 04/19/2018

Building Effective Teams – Part II

What is the foundation of an effective, productive team? In the same way that a building requires a sturdy foundation to stabilize the structure, an effective team must have a defined and understood purpose on which to build. Why are we here and what are we trying to accomplish, are questions that must have definable answers. Each member must be able to grasp their contribution to the effort and understand their role on the team. Knowing where you’re headed, why you need to get there, and when you need to arrive are crucial to a team’s success. But the one ingredient…
What is the foundation of an effective, productive team? In the same way that a building requires a sturdy foundation to stabilize the structure, an effective…
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Posted 04/13/2018

Management’s Role in Effective Teamwork – Part I     

Everyone knows that teamwork works. A team effort allows for the workload to be shared and distributed according to each member’s skills and strengths. It’s a manifestation of the “many hands make light work” idiom. A productivity-enhancing, efficiency-building proposition, described by the acronym: Together Everyone Accomplishes More. And of course, management plays a vital role in the success or failure of those teams the company is counting on. Because teams work—except when they don’t. But more about that later. How does the boss/department head pull together an effective team? The fact of the matter is that not every employee has…
Everyone knows that teamwork works. A team effort allows for the workload to be shared and distributed according to each member’s skills and strengths. It’s…
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