August 30, 2022

Also Contagious – Attitudes

Is Yours Worth Catching? The past couple of years have taught us all a lot more than we ever wanted to know about contagions, the microscopic kind. But there is another definition of the word, meaning the spreading of…

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July 25, 2022

Enhancing the Benefits of Utilizing a Staffing Agency

Why You Should Consider Incorporating an Onsite Recruiter   Think about how you make use of a staffing agency. After laying out the requirements of the positions and what you expect, do you just call them up and tell them to send X…

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June 14, 2022

Chicago’s Minimum Wage Isn’t Just About Chicago

How does Chicago’s minimum wage increase affect me in Lake, Cook, DuPage, or Will County? On 7/1/22 the minimum wage in Chicago will increase to $14.50 for companies with 20 or less employees and to…

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June 9, 2022

Re-Examining New Hire Requirements

When Being Exacting Isn’t Working For You We all are painfully aware that the labor market of 2019 is nothing like the market of 2022, especially in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. The landscape has changed drastically. But have your requirements when…

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April 28, 2022

Coming Soon

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our operations! Starting in May, The Xcel Group will be bringing its expertise to the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Since 2012, XCEL has provided staffing solutions for companies in Food Manufacturing and…

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April 6, 2022

Let’s Walk – And Talk

Have you thought about a walking meeting? We all know that walking 30 minutes or more a day is good for your health. But we may not be as clear as to why Walking Meetings are…

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July 1, 2021

Tired, Exhausted, Fatigued – Why Manufacturing Companies Need to Pay Attention

They all mean the same thing, right? Not exactly, but being tired or exhausted can lead to fatigue. And that can be dangerous in the workplace.  What are the definitions? Tired: in need of sleep or rest Exhausted…

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June 23, 2021

Falls, Slips, and Trips – The 3rd Leading Cause of Injury in Manufacturing

Once again, we are looking at the top causes of injury in the Manufacturing workplace. And coming in at number 3, or 20% overall, is the combination of falls, slips, and trips. And the injury to your workers is costing you,…

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June 16, 2021

Overexertion & Bodily Reaction – The #2 Cause of Injury in Manufacturing

Continuing our series for National Safety Month, we are now looking at the number 2 cause of injuries in Manufacturing. Overexertion and Repetitive Motion injuries accounted for 32% of recordable and costly injuries…

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June 9, 2021

Contact With Objects & Equipment – The Number 1 Cause of Injury in Manufacturing

With June being National Safety Month, we are looking at the top causes of unintentional injuries and illnesses in the private sector. Concentrating specifically on the Manufacturing Industry which had a higher rate of incidence per 100 full-time…

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