Challenges We Face As Small Business Owners (Con’t)

HIRING CHALLENGES FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER (PART II OF IV)

SOME COMMON MISTAKES (CON’T)

Not thoroughly vetting candidates before hiring

A candidate may have an impressive résumé, but how do you know he or she will be the right fit? Conducting background checks and calling previous employers for references is common practice.  But, in many companies, reference checks are entirely inadequate. Human Resources usually conducts them, using a carefully orchestrated, one-sided protocol. Yes, there are legal issues, and these must be addressed. But the hiring manager or supervisor should conduct these checks.  They will be working with the employee and know what is to be expected of them.

A reference call from one manager to another can be very different from a call from an HR representative. Managers will delve into more detail, and have both the expertise and the prerogative to pursue lines of questioning that HR lacks. Also, peers are more likely to be open and blunt with one another.

There’s one critical question at the end of the reference call that comes across as much more profound when the hiring manager asks it: “If you could have John work on your team again, would you hire him?” Of course the answer matters, but it’s the hesitation or the enthusiasm of the respondent that’s critical. Manager to manager, this one question can reveal more than any other kind of reference check.

When hiring, don’t only consider the importance of reference checking. Involve the people who will work with the new hire.

 

Source:

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5827-employer-hiring-mistakes.html#sthash.OJnkayk8.dpuf

Challenges We Face As Small Business Owners

Fabricator

HIRING CHALLENGES FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER (PART I OF IV)

Hiring new employees means your business is thriving and that is a good thing. But, hiring is not easy.  In fact, it is one of the many challenges we face as a small business.  The wrong choice can cost you, on average, $20,000 per employee; and that number doesn’t even reflect the potential damage to your company’s reputation and credibility.  Not to mention destroying employee morale.  Make the selection wisely to continue to pursue business growth while providing a positive work experience for the entire team.

SOME COMMON MISTAKES

Hiring “what comes along”

The traditional recruiting and hiring process is based on a faulty selection model. When you run traditional classified ads or hold job fairs, you create what’s referred to in the research world as “selection bias”. This process biases the outcome of your search.  You get to hire only the people who come along, narrowing your selection pool immensely.  Other options to cast a wider net, may include online job boards, or LinkedIn.  These can be fantastic ways to find people.  Utilize your website too.  Ask around to your contacts in industry groups and the local chamber of commerce.  Consider whether it might be faster and easier to hire a recruiter to find good candidates.  These companies have the resources to “vet” the candidate thoroughly.

Thinking Experience Always Counts

What if twelve years of experience is really just one year of bad experience warmed over a dozen times? Consider that effective hiring has less to do with experience than with that candidate’s potential.

Depending on the experience a resume indicates, chances are you will still likely hire someone who is not ideally and inherently suited for the position. Surveys show these grim statistics: most people are not impassioned about what they are doing on the job. This is not surprising.  If they don’t love what they do they are not motivated. Why? Because the role they are in doesn’t allow them to play to their strengths.

 

Sources:

http://www.asktheheadhunter.com/hatenmistakes1.html

http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/09/hiring-mistakes.html

https://www.calipercorp.com/10-common-hiring-mistakes/

 

USS New York LPD-21

USS NEW YORK (LPD-21)

 

Shortly after 9/11, George E Pataki, Governor of New York, wrote a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Gordon R England requesting that they bestow the name “New York” on a surface warship involved in the War on Terrorism in honor of the victims of the September 11th attacks.

 

Northrop Grumman Ship Systems of New Orleans Louisiana was awarded the contract to build the “New York” (USS New York LPD-21) in 2003.

 

7.5 short tons (6.8 t) of the steel used in the ship’s construction came from the rubble of the World Trade Center; this represents less than one thousandth of the total weight of the ship.  The steel was melted down at Amite Foundry and Machine in Amite, Louisiana, to cast the ship’s bow section.  (In metalworking, casting involves pouring liquid metal into a mold which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowing it to cool and solidify).   It was poured into the molds on September 9, 2003, with 7 short tons (6.4 t) cast to form the ship’s “stem bar”—part of the ship’s bow. The shipyard workers reportedly treated it with “reverence usually accorded to religious relics,” gently touching it as they walked by. When Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, 1,200 shipyard workers opted to keep on working and one worker delayed his retirement after 40 years of working to be part of the project.

 

The USS New York LPD-21 was christened at Northrop Grumman’s Avondale, Louisiana Shipyard on March 1, 2008.

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  • Seven rays of sunlight signify the crown atop the Statue of Liberty and the seven seas.
  • Central focus placed on the Twin Towers and the bow of the ship, forged from TwinTowers steel.
  • Breastplate of the phoenix bears the colors of first responders from the New York Police Department, New York Fire Department, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
  • Blood drops represent the fallen.
  • Three stars for those earned by the battleship USS NEW YORK (BB34) in World War II at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and North Africa.

 

Whitewater Armory Railing-Then & Now

Working in conjunction with RR Walton Company, Ltd., Akey fabricated new railings for the Old Armory in Whitewater, WI.

“The Whitewater National Guard Armory was built in 1940 by a WPA Labor Group. Total cost for construction was $30,000. It served as the National Guard Armory until 1992 when the new National Guard Armory was built in the Whitewater Business Park. During WWII, when driving was restricted, the Chamber of Commerce ran dances here that were a popular recreational activity. The building was also leased out three months of the year for roller skating.” 

http://www.whitewater-wi.gov/images/stories/cable_television/WalkingTourBooklet2004.pdf

Today, the Old Armory is an institution with many useful purposes. It serves as a Community Center; Dance Studio; Gym; Food Pantry; & Voting Poll.

Akey Manufacturing is proud to be a part of this project. We salute all the volunteers and staff who devote their time and effort supporting the Whitewater community.

THEN

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NOW

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Exterior of Whitewater Armory Before New Railing
Exterior of Whitewater Armory Before New Railing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing
New Railing fabricated by Akey Manufacturing

COMPANY PICNIC 2015

COMPANY PICNIC AND EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION 2015

 

The benefits of hosting a company picnic go beyond the fun you have that day.  Companies should consider Employee Appreciation events like a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s or Father’s Day. The sentiments we share and the way we make others feel on those days is how we should act every day. Companies can show appreciation to their employees all year long. The energy and happier-than-usual mood that bringing in breakfast or hosting an awards ceremony creates in an office will certainly be palpable, yet this can be done throughout the year.  Employee Appreciation is a big opportunity to engage and keep your employees happy and productive.

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UW Whitewater Railing Project

FUNDRAISER GOLF OUTING

Congratulations to our foursome (Mark Koch, Eric Rooney, Rick Lang, and Josh Rosburg) who played a great round of golf for a great cause July 11th for the Friends of GOAL Golf Scramble fundraiser for the Orfordville Library! Eric was our “Boat on the Pond” winner and got the ball INSIDE the boat! What a shot! Last year no one even hit the boat! There were raffles and a silent auction that we all enjoyed as well. A big thank you to our other attendees: Jerry Hexom, Beth Lang, Katie Rosburg and Kasey Rosburg for coming out and joining Brad and I in supporting this event!

Brad & Jodi
Katie & Eric with Cheese Prize
Eric & His Packer Prize
Rick & Beth
Kacey & Josh(2)
Eric & His Boat on the Pond Prize(2)
Katie, Eric & Ron
Jerry & Prizes
Brad & Mark(2)

ONE OF OUR LATEST PROJECTS-COOLING TOWER STAND

50 Years of Fabrication

Akey Manufacturing was formed in 1966 as a family owned farm machinery repair shop and later evolved into a manufacturing company producing many product lines such as: side dump trailers, double decking systems for semi-trailers, cargo restraining devices, and many other products. We now specialize in custom fabrication for almost any application.

Akey's First Owner Ron Akey
1970 Tobacco Sprayer
1972 Akey Machine Welding
1972 Building Purchased by Akey (Formerly A.E. Jones Garage & Auto Sales)
1972 Akey Sign @ the Rock County Fair
1972 Rock County Fair
1972 Snow Plow
1975 Firetruck
1980 Custom Painted Manure Spreader (Blue)
1982 Semi Trailer
1983 Custom Storage Carrier
1984 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show
1984 Int'l Plowing Match & Farm Show Featuring Our Manure Spreader
1984-88 Drag Harrows
1985 Feed Trough Conveyor
1985-88 Shop Construction Begins
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1985-88 Shop Construction
1986 Akey Delivery Truck
1987 Woodbridge Bagger
1988 Akey Delivery Truck
1988 Manure Spreader Kit
1988 Manure Spreader
1988 Manure Spreader Flyer
1988 Paymaster Checkwriter
1991 Aqua Cow
1994 Custom Staircase
1998 Akey Office Manager Deb Stover
2014 Akey Company Picnic
2014 Updated Akey Sign
2014 Akey Christmas Card
2014 Front View Akey Building
2014 Woodbridge Bagger
2015 Custom Stainless Steel Countertop
2015 Office Manager Katie Rosburg

RASOR PLASMA CUTTER

 

RASOR PLASMA CUTTER

Komatsu “Rasor” 120 Amp Fine Plasma Cutting System Model KCR-1251, 60″ x 120″ Table, CNC Controlled. DNC Interface, Komatsu G9120-II Power Supply. Equipped with: External Exhaust Unit

These systems are are available with 40, 90, and 120 Amp high definition plasma units. The 40 amp Model KCR 0451 cuts mild steel plate up to 0.250″ (0.6 mm) and the 120 amp Model KCR 1251 with a 5′ x 10′ cutting table cuts mild steel plate up to 1.00″ (25.4 mm), aluminum up to 3/4″ (19 mm) and stainless up to 3/4″ (19 mm). – See more at: http://www.gwmachinery.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=5374#sthash.faIVRonS.dpuf