Great Culture Invites Great Talent

Capital expenditure has increased in the plastics industry in recent years because businesses have realized the benefits of using it over operational expenditures. U.S. businesses in plastics spent $4.1 billion on CapEx in 2015 and $7.4 billion on CapEx in 2019….

Metals Industry Reacts Positively to New Infrastructure Plan

At the start of the month, President Biden announced a $2T economic plan called the American Jobs Plan, including investments into infrastructure and manufacturing. In general, leaders in the metals industry have reacted favorably to the announcement because the plan could create millions of new jobs over the next two years, including new jobs within […]

How to Entice Mid-Level Management

In metals, attracting talent to mid-level management positions can be even more challenging than recruiting executive-level positions. At the same time, middle management plays a crucial role in client satisfaction, company growth, overall employee retention, and maintaining a positive workplace environment. These tips will help you entice top talent to mid-level management.  Develop On-the-Job Learning and Upskilling […]

Strategies for Managing Your Remote Sales Team

Because of the ongoing pandemic, sales teams within the metals industry have adapted to a remote work environment. Leaders in the industry have had to rethink how they manage their teams, as many are leading remote units for the first time. Here are some of the best strategies for driving your remote sales team. Establish Consistent […]

How to Shine in a Lean Labor Market

As the price of metals continues to increase, organizations have had to rethink how much capital they spend. Consequently, many organizations have put a pause on hiring. Some companies, however, are using this period as an opportunity to secure the best talent in the industry. These tips will help job seekers land a position in the […]

How to Do Performance Reviews Remotely

Performance reviews are crucial for any job, including those in the metals industry. Reviews help your employees learn what they need to improve, and they help motivate employees for work done well. Traditionally, companies conduct performance reviews in person, but this is not always possible. Learn how to do performance reviews remotely. Use Video Calls in […]

Constructing Stronger Teams Virtually

Businesses in the metals industry are still trying to find the best ways to build and retain high-performing teams in the era of remote working environments. Some aspects that were once taken for granted, like informal conversations with colleagues in the hallway and breakroom celebrations, have been replaced with people working alone in their homes. […]

More Women Are Launching Construction Careers

A recent study suggests that more women are moving into construction careers traditionally held by males. As the construction industry continues to shed the image of being a dirty job, a growing number of women are entering the field to become laborers, painters, and construction managers. Here are some reasons why women are launching construction careers. Stories […]

Soft Skills Every Maintenance Manager Needs to be Successful

If you want to be a successful maintenance manager, then you need to focus on developing some specific soft skills. Hard skills are still important to succeed in the metals industry, but your people skills are more important now than ever because they help you to coexist in the workplace and be an effective leader. In case […]

Internal Mobility is on the Rise

Encouraging internal mobility can be crucial for an organization’s success, and it’s pivotal to turn talent into well-rounded and multi-skilled professionals. With the expanded skills of your team, an organization can reach new heights of success.

4 Signs You Need to Implement a Better Employee Incentive Program

Employees who meet and exceed team goals should be rewarded with incentives such as cash bonuses, additional paid time off, and profit sharing. An effective incentive program motivates employees and promotes teamwork. But there are a variety of reasons why organizations experience low morale and high turnover. It is important for business leaders to recognize the […]

How to Make Your Team Feel Valued

Good leadership not only improves employee retention but also increases morale. In turn, these improvements make for a better company culture and brand, as well as increased productivity for the company. Taking the necessary steps to make your team feel valued can be simple. Below are some tips for implementing best practices. Do Small Things to […]

Develop a Company Culture That Attracts Great Talent

It takes more than paying a competitive salary to attract great talent today. Even though professionals in the metals industry still want to earn a good living, they also look for opportunities within organizations that are known for having a winning culture. Let’s look at what separates companies with attractive cultures from those that are less […]

How to Keep Employee Engagement High on Your Team

Higher productivity and lower employee turnover are two of the competitive advantages that stem from employee engagement. Experts even suggest that a company’s overall health is dependent upon customer satisfaction, free cash flow, and above all else, employee engagement. It can be challenging to keep employees committed and engaged for the long term. Here are some […]

How to Maximize Your Job Search This Winter

The good news is that many metal producers are still hiring despite the pandemic. However, the interview process has changed to accommodate social distancing measures and even lockdowns across some states; so candidates will have to be more flexible, creative, and patient during the hiring process. January and February are considered the best months to look […]

How to Ace Your Phone Interview and Increase Your Chance Landing the Job

Hiring managers use a variety of different tools and techniques to screen candidates for jobs in the metals industry. If you want to improve your chances of a job offer, then you really have to focus on making a positive impression during the phone interview. Some candidates struggle trying to sell their skills to employers over […]

4 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Talent Acquisition

Talent acquisition requires a very dedicated approach to be successful. It’s challenging because a majority of the global workforce is made up of passive talent, or candidates who are not actively searching for new opportunities. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to become a talent-first company. Here are four more things that you can […]

How to Keep Your Sales Team Motivated

In the metal distribution industry, you need a motivated team to reach sales quotas and keep profitability high. However, everything from work culture to leadership can have a negative effect on employee engagement. To keep your sales team motivated, you must understand what matters to them; and you have to understand what factors interfere in their […]

How to Become a More Focused Leader

Leaders have so many distractions to contend with throughout the day. Although technology has helped the metals industry evolve, a potential drawback is that these new tools and communication methods can make it difficult for you to stay focused. It’s common to be distracted by countless email alerts, text messages, and calendar notifications pinging your phone […]

Onboarding Tips to Ensure Success and Retention

Onboarding is one of the most important aspects of any hiring strategy. When you hire a new professional in the metals industry, whether it’s a quality manager or director of business management, you want to ensure the new hire has the support and training they need to succeed. These onboarding tips can help employees start off […]

3 Things You Should Never Say in An Interview

A main goal of an interview is to communicate to the hiring manager that you can provide more value to the company than all of the other applicants. It’s important to show yourself in the best possible light. This means you should avoid making some common mistakes. Here are three things you should never say during […]

How to Effectively Work with a Recruiter

Working with a recruiter has a variety of benefits when it comes to your job search in the metals industry. Developing a relationship with a recruiter will help you expand your network and help you find a job that aligns with your skills and values. The key is to make sure the time you spend working […]

Why Should You Take A Recruiter’s Call?

Taking the call of a recruiter can help you find a job that fits your skills and professional interests. But first you must understand how the recruiting process works and how you can leverage the recruiter to make the most of your job search. Here’s why it is a good idea to take a recruiter’s call […]