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  • Not a simple switch
     Related Reading | Labor and Automation: How automation and technology make people less necessary, more importantTechnology may be enticing and a solution to some labor woes. However, industry companies are faced with many challenges when considering technology investment. Often at the top of the list is cost. “There are levels of automation and workforce reduction in our...
  • How automation and technology make people less necessary, more important
    The glass and glazing industry is waking up to technology advancements and automation. While some companies have invested in more automated factories for years, industry suppliers and economic forecasters have seen a shift in the past two to three years where this type of investment is growing into a mainstream industry trend. The robots and automated machinery widely on display and sold at...
  • How brand awareness and company assessment factor into recruiting and company culture
    In the article Investing in the #1 Asset, sources shared insights on how strong personnel relationships build better businesses. Part of the relationship equation relies on how employees see the company they work for. Here, brand awareness comes into play as part of the personnel equation, as does improving company leadership. Brand awareness While retaining quality employees is a huge focus...
  • Strong personnel relationships build better businesses
    Business leaders often say people are their number one asset. People make business run. The industry is feeling this need for people now more than ever as demand is up, but the labor shortage and struggle to keep top-quality employees continues. Additional resources to download5 Dysfunctions of a Team Best Practices for Effective Feedback Developing Others Three Perceptual PositionsEnsuring...
  • Companies need to fill jobs. Can recruiters help?
    There are currently more open jobs in the United States than people available to fill them, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Every industry has a labor problem. Every industry must consider how to do business anyway. How to Keep Employees Happy, Beyond PayMoney is rarely the primary reason people leave a company, according to both recruiter and industry sources. Clear communication...
  • The glass industry tackles labor challenges by rethinking its approach; redefining its image
    Read more articles about Workforce Development at glassmagazine.com/June2018The problem is clear: the construction industry is booming at a time when labor is scarce. The causes are just as well-known: experienced workers are retiring faster than new hires can fill jobs, and skills are going with them; young people aren’t interested in the trades, nor do they possess the necessary skills....
  • Downloadable resources
    New hires who know the rules, expectations, and opportunities at your company are more likely to become successful team members. To help in the onboarding process, NGA’s New Hire Toolkit contains guidelines, articles, and checklists surrounding orientation, paperwork, safety training, reviews, skills training, and mentoring and career development to set your new employees up for success. ...
  • To cultivate quality, long-term employees, invest in getting the onboarding process right
    A group of new Viracon employees being taught how to safely handle and lift glass. Onboarding, or the process of preparing new employees for job success, is vital for employee integration and retention. According to a 2007 study by the Wynhurst Group, when employees go through structured onboarding, they are 58 percent more likely to remain with the organization after three years. An...
  • Do you know how to manage it?
    If you are like most business leaders, you’ve no doubt noticed some trends in the way employees behave in recent years—too much entitlement, not enough loyalty, no work ethic and so forth. I challenge you to consider that perhaps these are not negative trends, just different ones. To better understand your employees and what drives them to succeed, you have to understand that Generation X (born...
  • Companies adjust hiring practices to cultivate a diverse, skilled and talented workforce
    Ace Glass leads attend a Spider Swing Stage training with sales rep John VanNatta. The company hires and trains new employees from multiple creative channels, including prison transition programs. Photo courtesy of Ace Glass. Although the worker shortage continues to be a primary concern for most glass industry companies, many are turning the challenge of finding qualified workers into an...
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  • This commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels. 
    Great Glazing: Custom interior officeThis commercial office space in Tulsa, Okla., features a 42-foot-long, custom, continuous art mural that spans 14 glass panels suspended from the ceiling. Created by Tulsa artist May Yang, the mural is based on local Oklahoma themes, transitioning from rural landscape to the Tulsa skyline.   Great Glazing: Joliet Junior College Campus...
  • A look at the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products, broken down by sales volume, number of locations and product offering. 
    Building on the success of the Top Glass Fabricators rankings introduced last year, Glass Magazine is expanding its coverage to include the Top Metal Companies, featuring the leading manufacturers and fabricators of metal products in the United States and Canada. The Top Metal Companies include those that manufacture, fabricate and sell curtain wall, storefront and entrance, commercial interior...
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    In an effort to spotlight the people who make the Glass Magazine Award-winning products and projects possible, this year’s program included people-centric categories, for which the industry submitted their picks for best installer, production supervisor, project manager and sales rep.After narrowing down the nominations to three finalists in each category, the Glass Magazine editors asked the...

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