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...

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...

BLITZES are coming

Machine guards safely in place? The Ministry of Labour in Ontario (MOL) has a list of “workplace inspection blitzes and initiatives” for the new year,...

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...

Wood-be start-ups

Entrepreneurial spirits can soar Getting a business off of the ground can be a daunting task, but entrepreneurs in Canada are constantly making the leap....

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...

Great communication

Great service strategy  During an age when there is an abundance of communications channels with customers, shops have to continually re-evaluate how they provide service. The intake...

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...

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...

Evolutionary design

Technological advances open new design frontiers Evolutionary design is a computer process of creating large sets of solutions to a design problem, then whittling down...