Best Practice - Human Resources

 

Prevent Winter Slips and Falls in Your Workplace

Good maintenance is critical to help eliminate hazards and prevent injuries Chris Budd, Head of UK Sales at Watco, the UK’s leading manufacturer of industrial strength flooring products, gives advice on staying safe as winter approaches  Slip and fall accidents are one of the top causes of injuries in the workplace and they are far more prevalent in the winter. Make a plan and assess your workplace risk The first step is to make a plan and assess your workplace risk. A good way is to start outdoors and work your way inside. Identify outdoor areas that will be used by pedestrians and are most likely to be

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Shifting Roles and Sharing Tasks

Stuart Mann, Global Implementation Manager for WiseTech Global, explains why successful task management doesn’t mean moving all the work downstream. There is much cynicism surrounding phrases like ‘staff empowerment’ and ‘redistribution of tasks.’ Many see them as nicer ways to say ‘job loss.’ Are they? Immediate and sustainable productivity improvements across an entire organization are the primary reasons behind most software implementation projects. But software in isolation can’t solve business problems. There’s no point incorporating your old ways into new work practices, trying to automate exactly what you’re doing now. Staff, of course, hear discussions about ‘efficiency,’ ‘automation of processes,’ and ‘streamlined workflows,’

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RTITB highlights safety issues faced in the food industry

 According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), each year over 200 people in food and drink factories are struck by forklift trucks and other vehicles, frequently resulting in serious injuries*. Laura Nelson, Managing Director of the leading workplace transport training accrediting body, RTITB, highlights some of the safety issues in the food industry. “Forklift training is particularly important in the food and drink sector, which requires a high level of health and safety, is fast moving and can feature specialist applications, such as cold store” explains Laura Nelson. There is high pressure and demand required to achieve a fast turnover of spoilable

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Staff Training and Productivity

Mark Connell, Senior Logistics Architect for WiseTech Global, explains that profits grow hand in hand with your team. I’ve seen the same software implemented in different ways, leading sometimes to great success and at other times to utter failure. The factor that separates success from failure is the time spent gaining the team’s commitment to the program. The greater their commitment to a collaborative approach, the greater the benefit from the rollout. It amazes me how many companies spend large sums of money on software solutions only to handicap themselves by not bothering to train people in their use. Training is an

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Virtual Engagement

Brian Cartwright, Managing Director, Logistics Executive, Middle East & Africa Innovation, adaptability, and flexibility are arguably three of the key contributing factors to running a successful business in today’s volatile market place where demand can change almost overnight and competition is everywhere.   A company’s ability to innovate, adapt and to be flexible is ultimately led by its people whose efforts are further supported by technology, processes, and procedures.   One of the biggest dangers we face in today’s society with regard to technology is that we have become so reliant on it that we are losing the human aspect of our interactions with one

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Virtual Engagement

Brian Cartwright, Managing Director, Logistics Executive, Middle East & Africa Innovation, adaptability, and flexibility are arguably three of the key contributing factors to running a successful business in today’s volatile market place where demand can change almost overnight and competition is everywhere.   A company’s ability to innovate, adapt and to be flexible is ultimately led by its people whose efforts are further supported by technology, processes, and procedures.   One of the biggest dangers we face in today’s society with regard to technology is that we have become so reliant on it that we are losing the human aspect of our interactions with one

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How to Beat Back to School Blues

Darren Matthews, Business Development Analyst for WiseTech Global, recommends an alternative to traditional staff training. The return to school signifies the end of summer (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least). Long days of carefree joy are replaced with fixed routines, early starts, classroom lessons, and dreaded homework. I’m sure that, given the choice, most children would prefer running through the cheerful weeks in the sunshine over sitting through cloudy months of learning algebra.                        Of course, there is an inherent cost associated with returning to school. Education may be free, or it may

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Three core trends impacting UK supply chain skills in 2014 By Andy Kaye

The British economy is bouncing back. In January, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised upwards its projections for UK GDP to 2.4% growth this year, retail sales in December were reported by the Office for National Statistics to be up 5.3% on a year ago, and the CBI’s quarterly Industrial Trends Survey for the three months to January 2014 showed growth in new manufacturing orders was the strongest since April 2011. With encouraging signs of a resurgence in Britain’s economic activity, what are the expectations for supply chain careers in the coming year? Unemployment across the UK economy is falling. Figures

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Skills gap

The three top barriers to the next generation of supply chain professionals By Andy Kaye The supply chain and logistics sector faces a major human resources challenge in the coming years. By 2017 the industry needs an additional 500,000 highly skilled individuals, trained and qualified, to address the demands of increasingly sophisticated supply chains. However, as an industry we are failing to attract the next generation of bright young things and this comes down to three key barriers.  1  The image gap   Young people have little or no understanding of what logistics and supply chain management is all about. The general perception is

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Infections in the workplace

 How often do you turn up for work whilst feeling poorly, under the weather and not a hundred percent? You have a desk full of paperwork, phone calls to make, deadlines to meet, and as they say in show business “the show must go on”. However, how often do you stop to consider the risk of spreading your infections to your colleagues and your clients? Unfortunately, this happens all too often throughout the many businesses around the country, which is why infectious diseases spread so quickly around the workplace. The danger posed through infectious diseases is not a new

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