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Kirsten Mann

Be Kind, Respectful and Support One Another

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Like we’ve said before, it’s important that we be there for one another during this trying time. Restaurants, bars, and other small businesses took a big hit when they were mandated to close more than a week ago. Many of these restaurants and bars have come up with other ways to support themselves by offering services they’ve never done before such as, take-out and delivery. Just because you can’t eat at your favorite restaurant doesn’t mean you can’t have their food, or drink.  There are some restaurants that have created designated pick up spots, so they can bring your food to you without actually coming into contact with you. Other restaurants are offering restaurant-made meal kits to take home and make yourself, which is also a great activity to pass time. It’s vital that we still do our best to try and support our local restaurants and bars in any way we can. If you’re not comfortable leaving the house to get pick up food, you may also support local business by buying their merchandise or gift cards to use at a later time. If you don’t have the funds to purchase anything from them at this moment, take a moment to share a post on social media encouraging others to do so. It may not seem like much, but it’s still support for those who need it most. It’s the little things that make a big impact in the end.

When we say we’re all in this together, we really are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. What is affecting your right now in during this time, whether it be stress, anxiety, or fear, could just as likely be affecting someone else as well. That’s why it’s so important that we continue to be supportive, kind, and respectful to one another. This isn’t an easy situation for anyone to go through. Some of us may be still working while others are required to stay home. No matter the situation you are in, please remember to be respectful to everyone around you. Say thank you more than you normally would. Thank the employees at the grocery store stocking shelves to keep up with the demand. Thank your local delivery man, cop, or fireman. It’s as simple as sharing a shout out on social media to all those who are still working. Encourage one another to show a little extra appreciation during this time. Those little acts of appreciation is what keeps them going.

Please continue washing your hands and sanitizing, as this is one of the most effective ways of preventing the spread of the virus.

If your job was recently affected by the outbreak, Forge has temporary jobs available to help you get through this.

Apply online today at, forgestaff.com/apply

Free, Fun Educational Tools to Take Advantage of While Stuck at Home

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Many children are being home schooled at the moment and by now most parents are realizing that being a teacher is a harder job than they had thought. Learning from home creates different challenges that wouldn’t necessarily be a problem while physically in school. Children get distracted and comfortable in their own home, not realizing that education still needs to be a priority during times like these. Though there are challenges to adjust to and overcome, there shouldn’t be a reason your children’s education is halted. Back in the day being able to teach from home would be much trickier, why? Because we didn’t have the advanced technology that we do today. Technology gives you a great opportunity to continue feeding your children knowledge through different ways of learning.

You’ve probably spent a decent amount of time seeking out online resources, apps, games etc. to keep your children’s minds engaged while spending so much time at home. There are several free or discounted online learning resources for pre-K-12 to choose from to keep up on learning. Below is a list of a couple online learning resources that you can take advantage of, as well as a link to an extensive list of education companies offering free subscriptions.

  • Scholastic : Offering a free Learn at Home program which includes 20 days’ worth of curricula.
  • Khan Academy : A free online learning platform that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning dashboard.
  • Outschool : Offering free live online classes for students ages 3 – 18 conducted over video chat.

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/

Does your child love learning about animals? There are multiple zoos and aquariums all over the country doing their best to fill the void of children’s activities with “home safaris,” virtual tours and webcams. Children have the opportunity to watch some of their favorite animals being interacted with by zookeepers while learning some new facts about them.  Below is a list of several zoos and aquariums currently participating in these home safaris.

Many museums are also offering tours that you can enjoy from home. Below is a link to some museums offering these virtual tours.

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/what-to-do-at-home-streaming-art-museums-concerts-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

Need another idea to keep your children, (and maybe you) entertained? Check out the Save With Stories Instagram account. Save With Stories was launched by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams. It raises money for the organizations Save the Children and No Kid Hungry. The account itself has multiple videos of celebrities reading children’s books aloud to entertain, educate and distract kids and parents who are  practicing social distancing. Who doesn’t love watching videos of their favorite celebrities?

During this time, remember to be supportive, kind, and respectful to one another. You have no idea how stressed someone may be, or what they may be going through personally.

If your job was recently affected by the outbreak, Forge has temporary jobs available to help you get through this.

Apply online today at, forgestaff.com/apply

The Importance of Being There for One Another

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It’s times like these when we need to stick together. Though it may not be the easiest thing to do, considering the social distancing regulation, there are still many ways we can be there for one another during this time.

Stay connected with friends, family, and neighbors through technology. Worried about your elderly neighbor, but can’t go over to check on them? Give them a call, or message them on social media. Check in on family you haven’t heard from lately and friends who may be located somewhere else. There will be many of us staying home that might need help with supplies and company. Do your part in helping those in need of supplies by offering some of yours, and if someone just needs to talk? Offer a listening ear. It’s little things like this that make the biggest difference.

Reach out to friends and family to see if they need someone to watch their children, or to see if they are able to watch yours. Schools being closed creates a new challenge for working parents who need proper child care during the day while they work. Your best resources are the ones you know and are familiar with; friends, and family. It doesn’t hurt to ask them for help. You can also offer your services back to them as well.

There are a number of schools, businesses, churches, food pantries, and mutual aid networks that are offering food assistance for people facing nutritional challenges during this time. We want to encourage you to stay connected and in contact with your local organizations to get information about possible food assistance.

Remember to be supportive, kind, and respectful to one another. You have no idea how stressed someone may be, or what they may be going through personally.

If your job was recently affected by the outbreak, Forge has temporary jobs available to help you get through this.

Apply online today at, forgestaff.com/apply

The Right Staffing Provider for You

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When it comes to your business, nothing is more important than staffing. Hiring the right individuals with the correct skill sets is a necessity in today’s competitive marketplace. Whether you work in industrial labor or a law office, finding the right people to employ can be demanding. When you’re busy with other aspects of your business, it can also be overwhelming.
This is why companies come to Forge when they need help with staffing. Whether it’s staffing 400 temps in one week or coming up with the perfect person at the very last minute, Forge does it all. We understand how urgent such needs can be, which is why the group at Forge treats every request with the utmost respect. Forge understands that clients are often pressed for time, which is why it also takes care of the administrative side of the equation. Billing is made incredibly easy, allowing clients to focus on what matters most — moving their businesses in the right direction.

It takes a dedicated temp agency to create partnerships that last years, supplying businesses with the best employees possible. Forge treats each and every client as a VIP, drawing upon years of experience to fit together each piece of the puzzle. With a knowledgeable team that understands all of the different sectors it serves, Forge exceeds client expectations daily, surprising businesses with the depth and breadth of its expertise.

Forge has even managed to win over some of the most notoriously discerning clients –human resources managers. These employment experts have been complimentary about Forge’s services, often commenting that it is rare for a temp agency to continuously uphold such a high level of service over the years. Part of the reason for this is Forge’s communication strategy, which encourages clients to reach out about their specific needs and address any concerns immediately.

Also, it is rare for a temp agency to maintain such comprehensive knowledge about so many different industries. From industrial labor to corporate hiring, Forge can do it all. When you read the client testimonials of people who have been working with Forge for a long time now—some over a decade—the consistent theme is one of dedication and innovation. Forge believes that temporary employment can be a wonderful opportunity for both clients and new employees.

However, Forge also realizes that there is a special art to selecting the right individuals for a temp gig. By working hard to understand the culture of each and every company they service, Forge is able to make an accurate assessment and then produce the right person or people for the position. With so much at stake, it makes sense to only put your trust in the best company for the job, Forge.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at forgestaff.com/clients/

Fulfilling Your Staffing Needs with Forge Industrial Staffing

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People who have started a successful company or run one, know that one of the most important skills to have is determining when to defer to someone else that may be more knowledgeable, and have the experience and resources. In regards to staffing needs within a company, a staffing agency may be the best, and most beneficial option.

Staffing agencies, such as Forge Industrial Staffing, are a useful resource for companies that don’t have the time or ability to find and review people for staffing needs within the company. When working with a staffing agency, experienced professionals will perform the interview and selection process for you, ensuring that you will receive experienced and capable workers who will be ready to work as soon as you need them to.

Hiring temporary employees can be very beneficial when your company is expecting a large growth period. In some cases companies will level off after a few months, so hiring temporary employees will fulfill these needs while eliminating the hassle of having to let staff go. Staffing agencies are a great solution for companies that need to fill large orders, are experiencing a busy season, or need help with an expansion.

Successful companies know that time is money. Company owners can’t waste time worrying about training inexperienced staff while projects are needing to get done. Using a staffing agency, like Forge Industrial Staffing, provides access to trained and experienced employees in your field of work.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at forgestaff.com/clients/

 

Fall in Love with the Right Job Opportunity

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Valentine’s Day is here and if you’re still looking for that special job consider this; searching for the right job is not all that different from dating.

One popular dating expression is that “opposites attract.” This can also be true for you in your job search. If you’ve found that you are spinning in circles searching for the best job opportunity for you, perhaps you should try broadening your horizon. One option would be possibly seeking a job that is different from what you would normally try.

There’s nothing wrong with using a temp agency to explore what jobs do and do not work for you. This also allows you to discover skills you may not know you’ve had. Make a list of the skills and experiences you know you obtain and consider how they fit jobs that you wouldn’t normally be interested in. You may be surprised how valuable you may be to an employer and what new and exciting challenges await you.

Remember that “there are plenty of fish in the sea,” or in other words, there are plenty of jobs available for you to choose from when utilizing Forge Industrial Staffing for your job searching needs. While you may have your sights set on one job in particular, it can be disappointing if you don’t get it. Instead of having your heart set on one job, seek out multiple relating positions. Not only will the chances for you to find a great match improve, but you may discover that you enjoy another position even more than the one you were originally interested in.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at forgestaff.com/clients/

 

Accessing your 2019 W-2’s

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Tax season is here and many of you are probably wondering where exactly to get your 2019 W-2’s. Here at Forge we make the process of getting your 2019 W-2’s an easier one by giving you a couple of options for accessing them.

One way to access your 2019 W-2’s is through your online Employee Portal. 2019 W-2’s are currently available in your Employee Portal as of Thursday, January 23rd. To login to your Employee Portal, you will need to visit our website, forgestaff.com, and click on, “Employee Login” in the top right corner of the homepage. If you do not have access or forgot your password, please contact your local Forge branch to get that information. 

Another option for accessing your 2019 W-2’s is by stopping at your local Forge branch and picking them up. 2019 W-2’s are currently now available for pick up. There’s no need to make an appointment to come in and pick them up either. You can just stop in and let one of our Service Coordinators know that you’re picking up your 2019 W-2’s. You will need to provide photo ID in order to pick up your 2019 W-2’s.  

If you have any further questions about how or where to access your 2019 W-2’s, please give your local Forge branch a call, forgestaff.com/our-locations.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at forgestaff.com/clients/

Tips to Motivate your Employees

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Have you ever noticed that volunteers tend to work harder than paid employees? This may be because of the satisfaction they feel knowing their work is appreciated. Part of the issue in today’s work environment is that employees feel undervalued and underappreciated meaning they aren’t as willing to put their all in their work. Motivated employees have long-term benefits for a company, such as saving you time hiring and training new people, but in what ways can managers motivate their employees?

 

Recognition

Part of an employee feeling undervalued and underappreciated is that they don’t feel recognized for their contribution to the company. There is no question that people tend to do their best work when they are actually being recognized for the time and effort they have put in. It is important for employers to give more recognition This doesn’t always mean paying the employee a bonus or giving them a raise; sometimes it’s just as simple as making them employee of the week/month and recognizing them publicly.


Responsibility

Trust plays a big role in the relationship between an employer and employee. Employees who know their employers trust them will put in their best effort to keep that trust and work harder to build that trust further. With trust, comes responsibility. An employer who trusts their employee will more than likely give them more responsibility. Employees who have more responsibilities are more willing to rise to the challenges that are set in front of them.


Creativity

Employees have ideas and creative intuitions too, so why not let them express it every once in a while? Not every job is going to require employees to be creative, but no matter the job, the employer should still spend some time listening and showing interest in what ideas the employee has. There ideas may not be the best for the company, but at least you took the time to show that you care about their input. The employee is going to be more motivated knowing their ideas for the company are valued.

 

Building relationships with your employees

An employee isn’t going to work as efficiently if there isn’t a relationship established between them and their employer. It is important to build a relationship with employees as they are one of the important factors to why your company runs in the first place. Showing interest in their work and valuing their effort can build that relationship. This will remind them that they are indeed appreciated.

 

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit forgestaff.com  or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at, forgestaff.com/clients/

 

Forge Benefits

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Have you heard about all of the benefits that Forge Industrial  Staffing has to offer you? Besides being able to offer various job opportunities for you to choose from, we also offer great benefits, such as the ones listed below.

Paid Holidays

Forge employees get paid for the following holidays upon completing 1,000 hours of service : New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Vacation Pay

Forge employees earn a one week paid vacation after 2,000 hours of service.


Health Insurance

All active, hourly-paid Forge Industrial Staffing employees are eligible to participate in a health insurance plan. The premium payments are deducted from each paycheck. The health plan covers doctor office visits, prescription medicine, hospitalization, maternity care and provides options for life and accidental death benefit, dental and vision benefit, and short term disability benefit.

Referral Bonus Program

We continue to search for valuable employees like you!

If you have a friend or a relative that is interested, refer them to us. For each referral employed by Forge Industrial Staffing for a minimum of two (2) days, you will receive a bonus (amount depending on location). Referral form must be turned in at the time referred employee is orientated. Additional referral slips are available at the Forge office.

Employee of the Month

Every month, each office chooses an “Employee of the Month,” who receives a cash award and recognition. Selection is based on hours worked, attendance, client feedback and work performance.

Get Paid Weekly!

In addition to direct deposit and regular checks, Forge Industrial Staffing is now offering you a great new benefit — getting paid on the rapid! PayCard® Mastercard® Card. You can have your pay automatically deposited to the paycard, giving you instant access to your money the morning of every payday.


No more standing in line to cash checks
No more check-cashing fees
No more coming to work to pick up your check
No more lost checks

At Forge Industrial Staffing, we pride ourselves on having the resources of a large-scale staffing agency while having the personal touch of a specialty agency. Our qualified staff will work with you to find the right job, or right employees for you.

To learn more how Forge Industrial Staffing can help you with your job search, visit forgestaff.com or visit one of our 13 locations in Indiana and Michigan. Employers can learn more at forgestaff.com/clients/

 

Machine Safeguarding – Hazards and Safe Practices

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Machine Safeguarding – Hazards and Safe Practices

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Machinery is a major source of injury. While employers are responsible to establish safeguards to protect employees, it is essential to follow safe practices to avoid injury.

 

Motion Hazards

– Pull-in hazards can grab and pull loose material like clothing and hair. Causes include rotating parts or in-running nip points.
– Caught-between hazards can catch the operator between two moving parts or between a moving part and a fixed object. Causes include punching parts.
Cutting hazards can be caused by sharp machine parts like table saw blades.

 

Safe Practices

– Only operate machines that you are fully trained and authorized to use.
– Only use machines that are properly maintained and in safe working condition.
– Only use a machine the way it is designed to be used and according to all the manufacturer’s safety requirements.
– Tie back loose hair and do not wear loose clothing or jewelry around machinery.
– Keep fingers, hand, arms, and clothing clear from all moving components.
– Assure that all safeguards are in place before operating equipment.
– Never remove, modify, or bypass guards.
– Before starting, assure people are clear of the moving parts, and warn them it is starting.
– Never reach into any hazard area or moving portion of a machine for any reason, including removing a blockage or for maintenance, without first implementing proper lockout/tagout.
– Always turn off machines when you have finished using them.
– Notify supervisors if a machine is not working properly.

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