Archive for January 8th, 2013

Many employees believe that they are paid less than the value they bring to their companies. Yet during an unbalanced economic recovery, when more low-paying jobs emerge than positions with higher salaries, low salary offers are not uncommon. Job seekers must tackle this issue as early on as the initial job offer, with a few strategies in mind. Read more


The last 12 months were tough on U.S. manufacturers, with economic pressures, instability in global markets, and uncertainty about domestic policies taking a heavy toll on business growth. But with the start of a new year, many manufacturers are hoping for a strong rebound. Can U.S. industrial firms expect brighter prospects in 2013? Read more


Now that some of the fiscal cliff issues that would have impacted smaller firms have been resolved (albeit temporarily), it’s natural to wonder whether 2013 will deliver better market conditions for the small businesses that drive the U.S. economy, particularly when it comes to growth and employment. Read more

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Manufacturers are navigating rough waters in today’s uncertain market, with severe volatility around demand and input costs for their operations. However, hard-won experience – and recent research – shows that manufacturers who place priority on flexibility, as well as make smart investments, can weather the storm more successfully than their rivals.

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No one can see into the future, but author and master forecaster Nate Silver examines why some predictions are more accurate than others, what makes successful forecasting work, and how overconfidence about the future is often the reason for failure. Read more


Credit: Colt Group.

Air quality is an important part of OSHA and sustainability requirements. No matter what type of manufacturing facility you work in, proper ventilation and air quality controls must be maintained. To help industrial businesses develop both basic and advanced skills related to industrial ventilation, ACGIH (American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists) recently announced the return of its popular continuing education course, Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation & Practical Applications of Useful Equations on April 22-26 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The week-long certification course has been a well-regarded event for ACGIH for more than 10 years, according to Ryan Peltier, the association’s science and education manager.

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