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Employers Must Pick Up the Slack, Instill Work Ethic in the Emerging Workforce

By Eric Chester Pull any material handling equipment distributor aside and ask him or her to describe the emerging frontline workforce and terms like ‘entitled’ and ‘poor work ethic’ will enter into the conversation. I interact with thousands of managers each year, and this I can say with certainty. At a large management conference last spring, a regional training manager ...

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Happy Anniversary!

MHEDA Congratulates the following companies, each of whom is celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2012. (Distributor members are listed in black, while Supplier/Associates are listed in red. To submit a press release or anniversary photo, please email Steve Guglielmo at sguglielmo.tmj@gmail.com) 105th Anniversary  —  Est. 1907 Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co., Hamilton, OH     Modern Equipment Company, Inc., Omaha, NE   ...

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Be Polite, Be Honest and Get To It

By Steve McClatchy Do you ever have days that can be described as “putting out fires” all day or accomplishing more of other people’s work than your own? The actual amount of time during the workday that you spend doing productive and focused work may be less than you’d like to admit. Your ability to remain productive in the face ...

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Training and Engaging Technical Talent

Four distributors discuss how they onboard technical talent By Steve Guglielmo When an employee joins a company, it can take a while before he or she is completely comfortable. Not only do new employees have to learn their responsibilities in their new position, but they also must learn the nuts and bolts of the company. What is its culture? What ...

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Work-Life Balance: It’s All Up To You

By Steve McClatchy, President, Alleer Training & Consulting Work-life balance is one of the most elusive and sought-after values in business today. In a recent Aon Consulting poll, 88 percent of employees say they have a hard time juggling work and life. Employers recognize out-of- balance or burned-out employees can impact morale, engagement, attendance, productivity, retention, quality and even customer ...

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Succession Planning and the Emerging Generations: Five Trends You Need to Know

By Robert W. Wendover How will you prepare for succession within your organization? As I work with and survey the members of those in their thirties and early forties, it is becoming abundantly clear that they will apply their own values and attitudes to the roles they assume. While this is not surprising, it’s helpful to take a look at ...

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Out of the Classroom, Into The Shop

Associated offers itself up as a real-life case study for MBA students. A recent collaboration between Associated (Addison, Illinois) and Robert Morris University (RMU) gave eight graduate students the opportunity to put their business acumen to the test in the material handling industry. In an effort to increase awareness about the value that the industry provides to the supply chain, ...

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