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April 6, 2021

Working in a woodworking or carpentry field is typically very rewarding. You get to create something and make it come to life utilizing your own skill set. It’s a career path that is often sought after and well loved for its flexibility, sense of accomplishment, and interesting qualities.

In addition, carpentry is one of the oldest and most important trades to know. Being able to build and make things goes back hundreds of years and has certainly come a long way that’s to electricity and power tools and a general expansion of techniques and materials.

Of course, there are many reasons why carpenters love their jobs, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 reasons to learn the trade and become a carpenter.

Large Variety of Career Paths:

When becoming a carpenter you have a wide variety of jobs to choose from, in fact carpentry/woodworking is one of the most versatile career paths. You can enter jobs such as: residential contractor, commercial or industrial carpenter, cabinet or furniture maker, niche woodworker, and more with many other opportunities in between. Breaking into this field is relatively easy with many opportunities hiring for carpentry assistants at entry-level with opportunity for growth and advancement. You can even start to teach yourself some of the basics via a quick YouTube video on how to make a new piece of furniture for your home.

Opportunity to Earn Good Salary

While money isn’t everything, it certainly can help and it can feel good to get compensated nicely for a something you created by hand. As previously mentioned, there are many different career paths in carpentry and woodworking which means there can be a large variety in salary for these positions. Skill level, ares of expertise, and location can all affect how much you’ll make in a carpentry level so it’s best to do some research a position that interests you and the median salary in your specific area. However, according to Salary.com the nationwide average for a general contractor ranges anywhere from $49,431 to $65,965 depending on the notes mentioned before. You of course have the opportunity to earn more depending on your speciality, advancement, and if you owned your own business.

Many also enjoy carpentry because it can help save money, if you’re familiar with framing and construction on a home then you can help know how to build one of your own if that suits you, and will help you cut costs. Additionally, you can build your own furniture, additions, fences, decks and more to your home helping you save the costs of labor which typically comes with a high price tag.

Satisfaction and Feeling in Accomplishment

Carpentry and woodworking is a type of career that is quite rewarding. Many of those in this field really love being able to watch the process of something they’re building come to life. Many of those in this field really enjoy what they do and actually like going to their job. This type of field allows you to be creative and express yourself through you work, similarly to how an artist would. This type of career often allows you to set your own hours of work which also leads to high employee satisfaction.

Mental and Physical Benefits

Having increased job satisfaction typically leads to better mental health. This type of field can often be low stress and, similarly to an artist, you’ll get into a zone of creating, building, and enjoying your work to the point where it may even feel like meditation and relaxation since these jobs require focus and attention to detail.

Many of those in this career path are also able to stay in good physical health as this job typically requires daily physical activity. You may often find yourself living heavy materials, standing on your feet for a long time, and moving around a bit. But, overtime you’ll likely decrease your chances for certain illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Job Growth and Interchangeable Skills

With a large growth in the real estate market and new buildings popping up all over the place, a job in carpentry has a high outlook with increased demand expected in certain specialities with an overall demand of nearly 100,000 a year nationwide, according to BLS.gov. Additionally, learning these skill sets can allow you to grow and move around to different types of fields that can require building and making such as a designer or an architect. There has also been an increased demand for niche woodworkers in the last few years with woodworkers being able to create a custom piece, such as custom cabinets, benches, wooden animals, birdhouses, and so much more.

Overall, a job in carpentry is often sought after for its overall employee satisfaction, mental and physical health benefits, job outlook, creativity, ability to learn highly useful skills, and good wages. Because carpentry is a learned skill that is not often taught in school or college, this is also a position that typically only requires a high-school education. Are you interested in taking on a rewarding career in carpentry? Let us help you get started! View our available positions in carpentry today at Condustrial.com/job-listings.

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March 30, 2021

In today’s climate, staffing can be  a challenge. Many companies are facing increased demand in new ways with limited staffing, creating financial and workplace challenges. That’s why making appropriate updates to your staffing plans is an important first step in the hiring process. These changes will allow you to have actions in place prior to posting your job listing and facilitate hiring success. We’ve put together some hiring tips to add to your plan to create efficiency in your next hiring process.

  Tip 1: A good way to save time in your hiring process is to try to avoid the costs of a hire that doesn’t work out. While sometimes this can be unavoidable, hiring someone that doesn’t end up staying with your company can be costly. Take some time to really find the right fit by reviewing all applicants and you’ll end up saving in the long run.

Tip 2: Improve employee retention. Hiring new employees can often cost your company much more than keeping your existing employee base. But, you also want to implement practices that keep your current employees satisfied in working for you and your company. Some ideas to implement this include holiday parties or bonuses, recognition of a job well done, annual salary increases, etc. Your employees want to know that they mean something to you and your company. A little employee recognition can go a long way.

Tip 3: Automate your on-boarding process. In order to get your new hire on the field as quickly as possible, you’ll want to make their on-boarding process as easy and as smooth as possible. Try to make training videos interesting and allow for online or simple paperwork processes.

Getting the process of hiring down can be a difficult job, that’s where staffing agencies like Condustrial can help step in. We not only make it easy to find your next candidate, but we also streamline the process to help the candidate find their way to you. With dozens of positions featured across the Southeast, our dedicated team will help you find the candidate you’ve been looking for. Browse our website, condustrial.com, to learn more about how we can help you find your next candidate.

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March 23, 2021

While many jobs and workplaces have had to make Covid-19 appropriate changes to their workforce. None have changed quite as much as the healthcare industry. With increased focus on patient health, implementation of dozens of new safety precautions, and a huge increase in work demands, it can be extremely hard to keep up with and maintain good personal mental health. That’s why we’ve compiled a few ways you can give yourself a mental health check in order to keep you focused and feeling less overwhelmed.

Deep Breaths: While it may be easier said than done, try to find about 10 minutes in your day or when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and just take a few deep breaths to clear your head. Sometimes just focusing back on ourselves and taking a moment to clear our minds can drastically change the way our day is going. If you have the ability, try taking a quick break out to your car and just sit and breathe.

Time to Yourself: On your days off, try to prioritize yourself. Take the day to do something you love and leave your phone in your pocket so you have less distractions while doing so. Whether it’s a good yoga class, a hike, or just staying home and watching your favorite streaming service, take the day and relax while doing something mindless, if that’s what you like.

Be Mindful Of Your Basic Needs: 4 words: hydration, rest, nutrition, exercise. When feeling so busy and overwhelmed it can be difficult to remember to take care of your own body. You may often find yourself wondering when your last meal was, but knowing you don’t have time for one right now, but try to be more mindful of giving yourself the nutrients you need to move forward. Especially when you’re running a mile a minute, maybe literally, please remember to drink water so that your body runs at its peak performance to keep you going. On your days off, or hours away from home try to remember to get enough rest, try not to think too hard about things going on at work as they’ll be there for you the next day. Getting a full night of restful sleep can mentally prepare you to tackle almost anything the next day. And as a way to keep your body running smoothly while undergoing a lot of stress, try using exercise as an outlet. This can ease your mind and tension, while keeping you in shape and healthy.

Talk to Someone:  Whether it be a family member, friend, or a professional, try to talk to someone about your current situation. Oftentimes talking about things out loud will allow you to letgo and not worry so much about them. At the end of the day we are all humans and make mistakes, but being able to talk about them will take focus off of them and ease your worry. You don’t even have to talk about work stress, but just having a human connection with someone you may not be able to see can really be grounding and bring you back to reality.

While those in the healthcare industry are working extremely hard to keep us safe, we hope our healthcare friends utilize the tips and tricks to stay calm and try not to feel so overwhelmed.We give major kudos to our friends in the healthcare industry and know that we truly could not be making it through the pandemic or life without you.

If you are searching for a rewarding career in the healthcare/nursing industry visit our job postings to see what positions are available.

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March 17, 2021

There are many different viewpoints on being lucky. Some believe in luck and things happening by chance, while others don’t. We think that you can make yourself a lucky person by changing your perspective and outlook on some things in the workplace and in life.

One way to change your perspective and bring luck in your life is to surround yourself with people you admire and people who are successful in your workplace. Associating with those that you admire and those that are successful around yourself can boost your chances of success and allow you to learn more about becoming the person you admire. This can, in turn, boost your luck and chances of achievements.

Another way to boost your luck in the workplace is to take on a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean simply always being happy, but being able to look at the brighter side of things in life overall. Being positive can boost your energy, mood, and allows you to have life-long success and luck.

You also can boost your luck by developing a hard working ethic and practicing this daily. As they say, hard work pays off and when determining your own fate/luck this can certainly be the case. Breaking the cycle of procrastination and getting things done in a timely manner can boost your chances of success and ultimately set you up for success.

Finally, an important way to boost your chances for achievement, luck, and good karma, if you believe in that, is to do good by others around you and always look for opportunities to help. Helping others not only helps you to feel good, but also looks good for you while being able to help other people. Whether it’s helping your coworker with a difficult task, or volunteering to stay overtime at the office seeking out these chances to help people will almost always bring you luck, positivity, and success in your workplace.

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March 9, 2021

Since March is Women’s History Month and yesterday, March 8, was International Women’s Day, it only seems right that we showcase all the hard work that women do in the workplace, especially in male-dominated industries such as manufacturing. Many jobs in manufacturing can easily be filled by women, yet oftentimes women are paid less or the positions are perceived as “manly” jobs which can deter women from applying. Unfortunately, this leaves companies with spots to fill, but their solution could be to target a larger demographic that includes higher considerations for women in these fields. In order for this to happen, changes in the workplace need to be made to attract more to close the gender gap.

 For one, expectations by the employer need to be set that identify the existing gender gap so that expectations can be established. Many manufacturing jobs are perceived as old-school and often follow more traditional job roles which includes a lack of a work-life balance. This can be a large deterrent to women who are often also running a household at home. Allowing more understanding and changing the mindset that work is more important can highly impact the female response to job postings. Women are also not the only ones that consider this an important factor to a job hiring process, but also younger generations are highly taking this into consideration when applying for new jobs so being able to attract them as well is also a bonus.

Another way companies can close the gender gap and increase the amount of women in their workforce is by making these jobs more visible and more highly rated by other women. Utilizing your existing workforce of women to attract others is definitely beneficial. Women value the opinion of others and want to hear testimonials and first hand experiences before diving into something, so letting them hear from a current employee can greatly increase the amount of females in your workforce.

Finally, companies will want to keep an open mind to new trends for women in the workplace. Those trends can include things such as childcare onsite, longer maternity leave, paid family time, etc. things that women truly look and highly consider when taking a new job.

Women are an essential piece to the puzzle for so many companies and closing the gap in male-dominated is the key to company success. Encouraging women to apply at your company can contribute to growth in your businesses. And keeping an eye on upcoming industry trends for women and younger generations is the keep to longevity.

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March 2, 2021

It’s no secret that 2020 was a bit of a dumpster fire, as the pandemic changed the way a lot of people work we work and scrambled original job predictions for 2020. No one really could have seen the changes brought on bu the pandemic and how quickly we were able to transition to a more remote workforce.

It appears that the Covid-19 pandemic is still the reality for early 2021 and likely will be through the remainder of the year. As so, here are several predictions experts are sharing regarding how this ongoing pandemic reality will affect the workforce in 2021.

Firstly, Remote work is here to stay. As we still maintain safe working practices and social distancing we will still be seeing remote work in most fields. Many who form bonds with coworkers are seeing this become more and more difficult as our social beings are suppressed, but unfortunately returning to the office will most likely be a slow process that won’t occur until most are vaccinated or numbers begin to significantly decline. Some companies have even expressed feelings towards staying remote permanently as many others do enjoy the increased flexibility and time home with family.

We also predicate a continuation of layoffs and job seeking. The pandemic has still taken a financial toll on many companies, and some that were once able to make it through lockdowns and initial waves are now starting to really suffer from the prolonged effects of the pandemic and are in turn shutting down or continuing to lay off employees. Because of this we will continue to see many jobseekers competing for available positions. Job seekers this year may be more familiar with these new remote hiring processes and Zoom calls and they may also be more apt to going the extra mile for a position. For example, hiring a resume writer, actually including a cover letter, taking a pay cut, and more. We do still predict this process to take a bit longer than usual as employers filter through a much larger amount of applications and the hiring process taking a bit longer with virtual inconsistencies.

Many experts also predict an increase in employee burnout. As employees are lacking social interaction, worrying about job-loss, and feelings of being overworked, many will likely begin to burnout faster than normal. This means employers and managers need to give as much compassion as possible in order to keep employees happy and at peak performance. We especially see this burnout already in the massively overworked healthcare field and do continue to see this be a trend throughout the remainder of the year as we attempt to distribute vaccines on a widespread scale.

Finally, we are beginning to see a new trend in the workforce with older generations retiring and younger 2021 online-learning graduates entering the force. Many older generations, specifically the Baby Boomers are entering into retirement age and are making considerations for retiring early due to challenges and burnout from the pandemic. This makes room for younger generations who are currently lacking real-life experience due to online learning to get paid less to earn this experience. Many of those new to the workforce will have to keep an open mind during the hiring process and really have ways to sell themselves to stand out from the highly competitive job market we are currently facing.

While 2020 was a mess, we do have hope for 2021 and entering into 2022 as we get a handle on the pandemic. Many workers have been asked to handle something that was previously thought as unmanageable and have been doing so successfully. We praise all of our frontline workers that continue to see an increase in demand and praise our essential workers for being there when needed most. If you are currently seeking a new position, visit our website to see what’s currently available and let us help you tackle 2021.

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February 23, 2021

While we are finally starting to see some breakthroughs in terms of Covid-19 cases and we finally have vaccines available, the pandemic is still far from gone. Unfortunately, this means life is still not yet back to “normal,” or at least what it used to be like. So we are still meeting on Zoom, limiting our exposure to others, maintaining social distance, and not networking in-person with others in our industry. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t network in other safer ways. Here’s 3 ways you can continue to connect with people in your workforce to create relationships, make sales, and form a community all while staying safe.

Utilize Your Existing Network: Now that is it more difficult to meet new people at events and gatherings, it’s a good idea to strengthen your current relationships by asking for their referellas on others that they may know. While your pool may be smaller now, you’re connected to many more people than you think. 10 existing connections can turn into 100 if each of them knows 10 more people, and so on. This doesn’t even have to be a very formal conversation, just a casual recommendation of some people in their network that may be beneficial to connect with.

Facebook/Social Groups: Platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Clubhouse, and more offer dozens of different groups to join and network within. There are so many just like you looking to network and connect and are eager to do so in a virtual form. Setting up a quick message chat over Facebook can be a great starting point! Just a quick Facebook search for your industry can lead to dozens of Facebook groups to join. Not on Facebook? Other platforms like LinkedIn and Clubhouse are also great ways to connect. LinkedIn is like the businesses persons Facebook profile and essentially most are on there looking for connections within their area so sending a quick message to someone while complimenting their skills can be a great way to start off a conversation.

Connect Via Zoom:  Of course we are using platforms like Zoom now more than ever and not just for business meetings, school, and interviews, but also for networking. Once you’ve connected with someone by seeking a mutual connection or finding via an online group you can invite them for a quick chat via Zoom. Afterall a Zoom call is the new “coffee shop meeting.”

These times have made us more resilient and versatile than ever, so it’s important to find what works for you and to continue to seek what’s helpful to you and your business. Just cause we are staying home and staying safe doesn’t mean things have to stop around us, we just have to welcome and adapt to the changes that come along with our current lifestyle.

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February 16, 2021

February is a special month, not just because it’s the month of love, or the month that changes every 4 years, but because it’s Black History Month. And while this month is often celebrated in school at a young age, it doesn’t have to stop there. It’s just as important to recognize Black History Month in the workplace as well.

But, in order to celebrate the month we have to understand its origin and what it really means. Black History Month, originated in 1926 as “Negro History Week” a week when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History wanted t recognize the teachings of black history and it’s essential place in the physical and intellectual survival of a race. The week chosen to celebrate this was the 2nd week of February to coincide with Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Later on in 1970, black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University proposed dedicating the entire month to Black History. Six years of advocating later and educational institutions around the country were honoring the month with official recognition from President Gerald Ford in 1976.

So how can recognition of this month and Black History be present in the workplace? As managers, supervisors, and HR representatives, it’s up to you to set the standard of practice against discrimination and both conscious and unconscious bias. Additionally, recognizing employees cultures, ethnicity, and backgrounds sets a positive ground for inclusivity and higher levels of employee retention.

Employers should encourage open discussions of race, ethnicities, and cultures in order to create an open form of communication and acceptance among all employees. Many companies remain “colorblind” to their employees and treat each individual as similar as possible, but it’s important to allow employees to express themselves based on their own culture and accept everyone’s’ differences. This can also create a learning environment for employees and for the company as a whole to learn more about different cultures, races, and ethnicity that they may have known or celebrated little about before. In doing so, this should be a good time for the company to reflect as a whole on it’s diversity practices, racial equality, and inclusion.

            In a service perspective of celebrating Black History Month, employers can encourage volunteering and donations, as well as organize some of these on their own. It’s always great to give back to the community any time, but being able to give back to Black-led organizations can make great impacts on the community as a whole. This can be done by donating time and/or money to local or national Black-led organizations.

            This month is a time to recognize your employees and is crucial to building a positive and inclusive environment in your workplace. It’s so important to reflect on your company values and practices to be sure you are using best practices against discrimination in your workplace.


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February 9, 2021

As a manager, one of the most important duties you have is to be aware of your employees and their feelings. Overall, a company should care about keeping their employees rather than having high turnover rates. In the end, this will save the company time, money, and effort of keeping good employees instead of having a “revolving door” environment. To keep employees happy and to understand them, you need to know what factors lead employees to quit. Here are the top 3 reasons why employees quit and what hiring managers should be looking out for to increase employee retention.

Pay Rate

While rate of pay isn’t always the most important thing to a job seeker, it is often very important to those making a job decision. Pay rate not only helps the employee provide for themselves and their family, but also is a way of the employer letting them know they are doing a great job. Especially in today’s times with services like Glassdoor, employees know how much they are worth and what their anticipated salary should be. From a business perspective, the cost of replacing a good employee can be up to 2 times the employee’s salary, between paying others overtime to cover the costs of being understaffed and paying for new-employee training.

Job Conditions

Conditions and circumstances of a position can change regularly as the company grows, as people leave, etc. Sometimes this change can create a new environment that employees don’t like. Additionally, if the position they are in lacks rooms for growth and advancement, which often happens in manufacturing type jobs, then employees may want to seek out other opportunities. Much of this is hard to control from a business perspective, but where there are opportunities to recognize employees dedication and hard work, managers should do so to encourage their employees.

Work Value

Most people want to feel valued in their work, they want to feel appreciated, and that what they do has a purpose for them, while not feeling under pressure or over stressed by their workload. It’s important for managers to let their employees know that they are doing a good job and to also recognize when they are feeling stressed out. Managers should check in on their employees mental health and feelings towards their jobs to know if adjustments need to be made. The work culture should also be created to make employees feel comfortable enough to speak up when something is troubling them or they are feeling undervalued. Sometimes this aspect of work and appreciation can go even further than a raise and can keep some of the best employees. This also creates a healthy work environment with open communication for all.

While there can be things out of the manager or boss’ control that lead to employees quitting, there are many things a manager can do to check in on their employees and listen to their needs to discourage them from wanting to leave. Creating a positive culture within a work environment is extremely important, especially within younger generations seeking employment. Understand the three above mentioned reasons why employees quit is key to ensuring higher levels of employee retention and getting more potential job-seekers interested in working for you. 

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February 2, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, parents had to take on many different responsibilities. Aside from everyday parental duties, parents are now battling not only with working from home, but also with becoming a part time teacher and caregiver. Many school districts around the country have moved to online learning, and while a teacher is present for the lesson; homework, preparation, and practice has become a responsibility of parents to be sure their child is doing and doing it correctly.

This added responsibility can be stressful, especially when parents are already working from home in a totally new environment. That’s why now more than ever it is essential that managers are understanding of their employees’ needs.

Employees Need Your Support

Many full-time working parents during these times need some extra support from their management. They need a bit more compassion and understanding that in these times they have a lot of extra responsibility. Not all children are alike, of course, so while some parents may think that at-home learning is a breeze, other parents may be struggling to keep up with
their children and their children’s education.

How to reduce employee stress

During this high stress time, managers can help ease tension off their employees by simply giving them encouragement. Those who are working from home and may not be seeing their manager everyday might not feel like they are doing a good job or getting their job done, so as a manager, simply letting your employee know they’re doing good or a few words of
encouragement will go a long way.

Make task assignments clear

Managers can also lend their employees a helping hand by laying out work in easier to digest segments or easier to read terms. Maybe sending an email of things to be completed in a prioritized order will help a parent working from home to know what is essential in an easily understood manner.

Communication is vital

Finally, one of the most important things a manager can do to encourage an easier working environment with working parents is to encourage a line of open communication. This lets your employees know that if something comes up last minute or some sort of distraction happened at home, they can be honest with you and let you know that they might have missed something because of this. In addition, being honest and communicating effectively with your employee can boost production and create a higher value of trust in the workplace.

During these times, managers should be a bit more compassionate and understanding to all of their employees. At this point, everyone knows and understands we are in a pandemic and our worlds have been turned upside down. Acknowledging that your employees have been affected in multiple ways and responding to their needs accordingly, can greatly assist you in retaining the people vital to your business.

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