November brought us some interesting articles on workplace safety. From simplifying the workplace to America's safest companies to a plant manager's salary and more, this month's articles offer a lot of food for thought.
1. How Workplace Simplicity Impacts Company Results
by Kimberly A. Whitler for Forbes
Turns out there's wisdom in the old acronym K.I.S.S. - simplifying the workplace breaks down barriers and drives better organizational results. And the simpler the workplace the more psychologically safe workers feel, which makes them more effective workers.
2. America's Safest Companies 2018
by Dave Blanchard and Stefanie Valentic for EHS Today
EHS Today compiled an excellent list of the 13 safest companies in 2018 in conjunction with their Safety Leadership Conference 2018. Congratulations are in order to these companies for their stellar safety records and workplace innovative safety programs that include involvement from both leadership and employees.
3. Safety Tips to Prevent Winter-Related Workplace Accidents
by Corey Berghoefer for EHS Today
In another great article from EHS Today we're encouraged to think seasonal and prepare for the cold months ahead. Working in winter presents unique safety challenges for many industries. Common workplace injuries in winter include frostbite, slips and falls and hypothermia - all potentially serious, but easily avoidable if companies take the necessary steps now.
4. Hiring Our Heroes: Solving the Manufacturing Skills Gap
by Erin Graziani for MAPI
In manufacturing the skills gap is real, and 6 out of 10 manufacturing companies have open skilled production positions they can't fill due to shortages of talent. With unemployment low there aren't as many people looking for jobs, which presents a challenge for these organizations. Wisely, some organizations are turning to giving veterans specialized training and hiring them to round out their roster.
5. Highest-Paying Jobs of the Year
by Sam Boykin for Work+Money
Looking back on 2017 - as we prepare to analyze statistics for 2018 - Work+Money has an excellent analysis of the current highest paying jobs. It comes as no surprise that apart from medical and tech jobs, plant manager is one of the best paid careers out there. Being a good plant manager isn't easy so a salary reward in kind is only fair. Deftly overseeing production, purchasing and distribution, profits and arguably most importantly safety requires a strong education and depth of work experience.