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The importance of the WHMIS in the workplace

Posted by The Universal Group on Jul 7, 2021 2:04:48 PM

The internet is familiar with explosion videos, but the Tianjin port explosions from 2015 were different. Its bright pillar of flame towered over buildings, shattered windows, and ended 173 lives. By the end, the port was a flat circle of soot under bent car frames and melted Seacans. It did not take long for people to start asking, “How is this possible?” 

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The Hidden Value of Delegation

Posted by The Universal Group on Jul 7, 2021 1:57:18 PM

Our lives are stitched together by hundreds of small decisions a day. We decide on diaper brands, the best place to get moving boxes, and the best use of a budget. Yet—as the day wears on—we may begin to struggle with even simple decisions. This is not unusual. Psychologists have observed that after shopping—a process filled with decisions—people are more likely to accept bad deals. These mistakes come from a thing called “Decision Fatigue”. 

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A Guide to Planting with the Seasons

Posted by The Universal Group on Feb 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Spring bulbs, summer flowers, fall leaves, and winter branches—oh, the beauty of seasons. But unlike in unbridled nature, in commercial landscapes, it doesn’t just happen naturally. It takes a landscape design that includes plants with different bloom times and maintenance that optimizes landscapes for each season. Here are a few tips from your landscape experts at Universal Landscaping.

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Topics: commercial landscaping, residential landscaping, spring

From TCP to Training Supervisor: Building a Career the Universal Way

Posted by The Universal Group on Jan 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Brittni was working in retail in 2012 when a friend who worked in construction suggested she consider getting her Traffic Control Person (TCP) ticket. She didn’t know much about the traffic industry at the time but working as a flagger pays well so she thought she should give it a try. She signed up for the TCP course, passed her assessment, and became a certified traffic control person  all within a week.

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Topics: professional development, flagging, traffic management, career, jobs

How do I become a... (TCP, LCT, Field Supervisor)

Posted by The Universal Group on May 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Wondering how to start a career in traffic control? We’ve laid it out in simple steps from becoming a certified Traffic Control Person (TCP), to working as a Lane Closure Technician (LCT), to becoming a Field Supervisor. Simply start at step one and the rest will follow!

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Topics: professional development, flagging, traffic management, career, jobs

6 Ways to Nail Your Construction Interviews

Posted by The Universal Group on Mar 9, 2018 12:14:10 PM

Congratulations! It’s not every day that you receive a phone call for a job interview, especially at the construction company you’ve wanted to work at for some time.

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Topics: professional development, career, jobs

7 Most Common Construction Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Posted by The Universal Group on Feb 6, 2018 9:03:56 PM

You’ve been searching for a job on one of the many search engines out there, and finally you get that phone call. Your ideal employer wants to bring you in for an interview to see if you hold up to your resume. (If you need help making your application stand out, check out our other blog). Here are 7 of the top construction interview questions for construction and trades jobs. We’ve also come up with some quick tips to help you answer them and ace your next job interview:

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Topics: professional development, career, jobs

6 Apps That Will Help You Improve Productivity at Work 

Posted by The Universal Group on Jan 25, 2018 2:23:11 PM

You might work nine to five, the night shift, or a myriad of hours in between, but you probably struggle fitting in everything you need to do in a day. Over the winter period, you might have noticed an insurgence of digital assistants such as the Google Home and Amazon Alexa. It’s a sign of the times that technology is undoubtedly trying to assist us in every way possible and thousands of apps out there that can help you with your daily needs. The balance of work and home life can be a struggle, but there are many apps that can make your colleagues more productive before, during, and after work. 

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5 Tips to Make Your Construction Job Application Stand Out

Posted by The Universal Group on Jan 11, 2018 4:29:54 PM

When you are applying for jobs in construction, your application will be the first thing that the hiring person will see from you. In the sea of resumes and cover letters, how can you make the best first impression? Here are 5 tips that will make your application shine among others’ in the construction sector.

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Topics: career, jobs

10 Ways to Create a Positive Mindset at Work

Posted by The Universal Group on Oct 27, 2017 11:54:09 AM

I’m sure we all remember the day where we found out that Google had a slide in their office and a free cafeteria. I’m even more sure that we all wished we could work at Google. We’re hearing more and more about progressive office places taking over, but creating a positive mindset at work can be much simpler than rock-climbing walls and rooftop mini-put. Here are a few things that can be implemented in the short-term to boost morale, and increase positivity at the workplace.

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