Constructive dismissal: Firing can go both ways

When a business is humming along, and workers are all pulling in the same direction, employers might never give a second thought to a...

Managing risk

Some people don’t like change. But when it comes to safety and risk management in your business, changing your ways can be critical to...

Technology inspires design

WHEN ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS approach a project these days, whether it involves cabinetry or furniture production, technological developments over the past 25 have affected...

Customer-driven design

An approach to design that’s good for business The word design has 14 definitions in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. It can certainly be a challenging...

Reader Survey 2018

Sheds some light — and fun — on your vocation Because I often claim my hits, I also have to admit my misses, and I...

Bang for your dues

In the skilled-labour challenge, association value is a two-way street The lack of young people pursuing the skilled trades, including careers in this industry, is...

Economics of finishing

MILLWORK, furniture and cabinet shops face challenges when they can’t keep up with demand. So to stay on top of things, the decision often...

Safety Focus 2011: Do the safety dance

A brave new world in safety compliance? By Dennis Furlan On Christmas Eve, 2009, four men fell to their deaths while working on a scaffold situated...

Millennials: New perspective on customization

If Paul Revere was making a midnight ride these days to alert you, he’d probably be shouting, “The Millennials are coming, the Millennials are...

Small business clampdown

New employment standards legislation in Ontario is making it easier for unions to organize in the province. When Bill 148, the "Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs...