Monthly Archives: June 2022

On the Job Podcast S6:E7: A Ship Stuck in the Suez

The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 7: A Ship Stuck in the Suez In March of 2021, the shipping freighter Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days and captivated the world. In this episode, we dive into what the event says about our economy, and what it says about us.

It’s National Safety Month! Week 3 Theme: Forklift Safety

We’re focusing on forklift-related injuries during the third week of safety month. Across the country, forklift-related injuries take eight more days away from work than other types of injuries. An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) study in the U.S. determined about 25% of all forklift-related injuries are related to inadequate training.

What are the requirements?

The Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) standard covers forklifts and powered pallet jacks, and other ride-on material handling equipment. The standard has two requirements before certification—formal instruction and practical training and evaluation. Practical training and evaluation must be performed on the specific equipment being used. Thus, practical training and evaluation should always be completed by a company or a competent forklift trainer with intimate knowledge of the client’s site and access to a forklift like those used at the client’s site. Certification will always be site- and equipment-specific, as a forklift certification is not a license to operate in every environment, on every machine. (more…)

Top “Do Nothing” Jobs

If you had the option to make money without having to do much, would you? There are jobs where you can get paid to do the things you already do and enjoy doing, so it doesn’t feel much like work at all. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular “do nothing” jobs out there.

Get Paid to Binge-Watch

If you enjoy binge-watching TV shows and movies on the weekends, Netflix has a sought-after job you can do during the week from the comfort of your couch. In 2018, the streaming service posted a position for a “Netflix tagger,” or editorial analyst. The tagger watches content for the streaming service and assigns relevant tags. Those tags include information like the release date, language, genre, cast and crew members, and types of profanity and violence depicted in the movie or show. Make sure to bookmark the Netflix careers website to go back and check for when a new “tagger” position has been posted. (more…)

Poll Results: What‘s the Number One Consideration You Make When Assessing Job Opportunities?

We’re in a job seeker’s market, so if you’re looking for a new job and have a few options on the table, what would it take for you to accept an offer?

In May, we asked about the number one consideration you make when assessing job opportunities. Here’s what you had to say:

The Results

Twenty-six percent of those polled said they want competitive pay, while 20% would like a positive workplace culture. Another 17% would consider a new job if remote work options were available. A shorter and easier commute, growth opportunities, and generous benefits are some other top considerations that might make a job opportunity more attractive. (more…)

On the Job Podcast S6:E6: Secure The Bits

The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available!

The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed.

Season 6, Episode 6: Secure The Bits

Spencer Lanning lost his job during COVID, and is one of many people who were forced to face their demons in the isolation of the pandemic. Coming out the other side, he now protects Vermonters from hackers in his job as a cyber security analyst. (more…)

It’s National Safety Month! Week 2 Theme: Welding Safety

Welding is a well-paid, highly skilled trade, but if safety is not taken seriously, welders can suffer serious injuries. Every year, 500,000 workers are exposed to welding hazards, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These safety recommendations should be kept in mind when dealing with the general risks of most welding jobs.

Welding Safety Tips

Lack of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the cause of many welding injuries. PPE should always be worn and should include:

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Getting the Most Out Manager Feedback

Keeping a line of communication open with your manager is critical to success in the workplace. Having a conversation with your boss about your job performance can be nerve-racking, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are three strategies for getting the most out of your manager’s feedback.

Be Open to Feedback

Meeting with your manager for feedback is necessary whether you’re new to your job or have been there for a while. Welcoming feedback can demonstrate your willingness to grow in areas where you need to improve, correct, or strengthen your job effectiveness. Prepare for your meeting with the idea that you won’t only get a glowing report on your performance.

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