How to Keep Your Employees Motivated and Productive [Video Blog]

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

We're discussing tips on keeping your employees feeling upbeat and productive, and how your workplace--and even the season of the year--can impact your employees in a positive or negative way.

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The ABCs of Minimizing Workplace Stress [Video Blog]

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Did you know that work is the second most common source of stress after money?  Worries about workload, job security, or work/life balance can all take a toll on your employees, causing symptoms such tension and irritability, inability to make decisions or concentrate, feelings of powerlessness and anger, physical ailments, and risky behaviors such as increased use of alcohol and drugs or even violence--none of which make for a happy and productive workplace.

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Crowd Management Safety Guidelines for Retailers

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 4:30:00 PM

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are responsible for providing their workers with safe and healthy workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has prepared a number of guidelines to help employers and store owners avoid injuries during the holiday shopping season, or other events where large crowds may gather. Highlights include the following:

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Building a Great Organizational Culture

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 8:30:00 AM

"Organizational culture" is a popular buzzword, but what does it really mean? What does it take to develop a corporate culture that keeps both management and employees satisfied and productive? A few recent online articles elucidate this topic and provide an excellent starting point for exploring this concept.

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How to Prevent Workplace Injuries and Protect Your Employees

Posted on May 10, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Workplace injuries are an unfortunate reality—well over a million injuries occur each year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To minimize the incidence of workplace injury due to dangerous working conditions, the federal government passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act). The OSH Act requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. The Act also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards.

Key Employer Responsibilities Under OSHA 

OSHA regulations protect employees and employers alike from the injuries, lost wages and productivity and, ultimately, the potential litigation surrounding unsafe work conditions. OSHA has outlined a set of employer responsibilities, which dictates that employers must:

  • Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act.
  • Examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to applicable OSHA standards.
  • Make sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment.Workplace Safety
  • Use color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards.
  • Establish or update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow safety and health requirements.
  • Provide safety training in a language and vocabulary workers can understand.
  • For employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace, develop and implement a written hazard communication program and train employees on the hazards they are exposed to and proper precautions (a copy of safety data sheets also must be readily available).
    • Provide medical examinations and training when required by OSHA standards.
  • Post, at a prominent location within the workplace, the OSHA poster (or the state-plan equivalent) informing employees of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Report to the nearest OSHA office within 8 hours any fatal accident or one that results in the hospitalization of three or more employees.
  • Keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses (employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from this requirement).
  • Provide employees, former employees and their representatives access to the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300), and post the summary of the OSHA log of injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) on February 1, and for three months.
  • Provide access to employee medical records and exposure records to employees or their authorized representatives.
  • Provide to the OSHA compliance officer the names of authorized employee representatives who may be asked to accompany the compliance officer during an inspection.
  • Not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights under the Act.
  • Post OSHA citations at or near the work area involved. Each citation must remain posted until the violation has been corrected, or for three working days, whichever is longer. Post abatement verification documents or tags.
  • Correct cited violations by the deadline set in the OSHA citation and submit required abatement verification documentation.
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3 Questions to Consider Before Adopting a Telecommuting Policy

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to end the company's work-from-home policy has sparked much debate on the merits of allowing employees to work remotely. How do you know if telecommuting makes sense for your company? Here are three questions to consider that can help you make the right decision.

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6 Ideas for Motivating Employees During the Winter

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 8:30:00 AM

It’s February and while spring is only a month away, your employees may be feeling a bit of the winter blues. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, lack of sunlight has been linked to feelings of sluggishness and mood changes, so winter’s shorter days may lead to fewer productive work hours and lower employee morale. 

Tips for Beating the Winter Blues

If you’re noticing signs of lethargy among your employees at this time of year, consider the following ideas to help keep your workers motivated:

 

  1. Encourage your workers to step outside for at least 30 minutes each day. Exposure to natural sunlight can help lift moods. And even on cloudy days, a brisk walk can alleviate those “blah” feelings.
  2. Offer healthy food choices in the office. Healthfinder.gov reports that staying hydrated and eating more fruits and vegetables can battle the winter blues. Keep filtered water on hand and make sure salads and fresh fruit are part of the menu at lunch meetings. Check out our blog on Promoting a Healthy Workplace for more suggestions.
  3. Change things up! Employees may become more motivated when their jobs are more challenging and interesting. Consider lateral moves to build your workers’ skill levels and knowledge base.
  4. Create opportunities for casual interaction. A company sports team, a family day or an after-hours social event can keep your staff engaged and interested in each other and in their workplace.
  5. Give your workers some face-to-face time with you. Email, voicemail and texting often eliminate the need for personal interaction. Step out of your office every so often and speak with your employees directly.
  6. Let your employees know how they're doing. Even a simple gesture such as a handwritten thank-you note for a job well done may go a long way toward letting employees know they're appreciated. And don't forget annual performance reviews—a good review provides the employee with an honest assessment of his or her strengths and weaknesses and offers the employee a platform to bring up any concerns he or she may have, keeping the lines of communication open. 
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10 Cold Weather Safety Tips for Employees and Employers

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Winter is in full swing and many regions are experiencing frigid temperatures. The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) encourages employers and employees to take necessary precautions to prevent and treat cold-related health problems.

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Can an Employee Use FMLA Leave for the Flu?

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 8:30:00 AM

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2012-2013 influenza season started early and activity remains high in the United States. The CDC warns that this may continue for some time. If the flu is causing your employees to take time off, either because they themselves are ill or because a family member has come down with the flu, you may be wondering if these employees are entitled to leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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4 Tips to Fight Flu in Your Workplace and Reduce the Need for Sick Leave

Posted on Dec 27, 2012 8:30:00 AM

Flu can be a big disruption for business. Employees who are sick may need to take time off to recover and may not be as productive when it comes to getting work done. In addition, symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and fever can spread germs to healthy employees.

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