COVID-19 has caused many professionals in metalcasting to feel anxious and overwhelmed. How can you keep morale high during the pandemic? We all have to work extra hard to stay motivated and encouraged during these challenging times. Community Building One way to keep spirts high during the pandemic is to participate in community building. Consider…

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In the metalcasting industry, LinkedIn is often used to consider job candidates. While many professionals have profiles on LinkedIn, few have profiles that make employers stop and take notice. Here are five easy steps to improve your LinkedIn profile you can do in less than hour. 1. Make Sure Your Employment History Is Current First,…

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In the metalcasting industry, traditional performance reviews aren’t useful. Annual performance reviews cause employees anxiety without giving them the consistent feedback they need to improve throughout the year. Many companies have eliminated annual reviews in favor of regular conversational feedback. Employers and Employees Both Dread Them Employers dread giving performance reviews because they’re uncomfortable. Having…

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Foundry companies have learned in recent years that the leadership strategies of the past aren’t necessarily as effective as they once were. The newest generation of workers have different values and career goals, so leaders need to focus more on adapting their management styles to a diverse range of employees. Leaders are being called to…

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Artificial Intelligence is one form of technology that is helping to transform safety and productivity in the metalcasting industry. Occupational injuries have declined steadily over the past several decades from new and innovative workplace safety programs that implement AI. The good news is that many foundry jobs are not automatable because these positions still require…

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The U.S. military has set the standard for organizational leadership. Instead of recruiting leaders from the outside, they ensure that the necessary skills and talent are always being developed within its ranks. But building leadership from within is an effective strategy that shouldn’t only be limited to the military. From employee satisfaction to company success,…

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According to a 2016 Gallop report, 88% of employees in the U.S. have a job that doesn’t engage and satisfy them. This general lack of engagement helps explain why so many companies struggle with retention. In metalcasting, employee retention ensures consistent quality and team dynamics. The following insights represent some of the best kept secrets…

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Metalcasting is more than just pouring metal. The industry offers many exciting career paths in business management, chemical engineering, accounting, safety management, metallurgy, and more. If you’ve ever wondered about this industry and felt drawn to lean more, maybe it’s time examine what makes it unique. Here are four signs you should work in metalcasting…

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In the metalcasting industry, foundries need strong employee incentives if they want to attract and retain talent. As with most heavy manufacturing sectors, it has become increasingly difficult for companies in metalcasting to appeal to younger professionals. Here are some signs you need to rethink your employee incentive program. Burnout Metalcasting can be hot, physical…

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