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When OSHA Comes Calling: Part 2

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors make surprise visits to businesses across America every day.  If you know what to expect and how best to deal with an OSHA inspection, you can minimize the stress these surprise visits can cause for you and your team.

Assessing your health and safety program

During the worksite visit, the inspector will be assessing your overall safety and health program. The inspector will review your program to make sure it addresses all segments of the OSHA standard.

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What to Do When OSHA Comes Calling: Part 1

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Having an OSHA inspector show up at your workplace can be a stressful situation for any business.  First, don’t panic.  Take a moment to consider how you will accommodate the inspector, and get the right people involved.

Why is OSHA here?

Any of several things could cause an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • Report of imminent danger
  • Fatality or catastrophe at work
  • Employee complaint
  • Referral or follow-up

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Integrating ESL Employees into Your Workplace

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Workplaces in the United States, especially in southern states like Texas and Arizona, increasingly are populated with workers whose first language is not English. According to a 2016 U.S. Department of Labor report, there were 27 million foreign-born workers, 16.9 percent of the total labor force. Changing demographics are having a major impact on businesses, and the demand for skilled labor, including non-native English speakers, is growing.

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Employee Perks Can Make a Big Difference

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right-perks-make-a-differenceWhat could you do with an extra $5,000?  Would you believe that you could have an extra $5,000 just by doing your everyday shopping? This may sound too good to be true, but this is what I personally have saved over the last two years with a “perk” offered by my employer.

Perks at Work, an online discount marketplace, is one of the benefits that Staff One HR offers to its clients and employees.  It’s a handy way for me to shop online at all of my favorite stores, book travel and rental cars, purchase event tickets, send flowers, get discounts on vehicles, and much more.  Perks at Work has exclusive sales and promotions that I would not be able to get through the various coupon and discount programs like Groupon or Living Social. As I make my purchases, I also earn “WOW” points that I can use toward future purchases on the Perks at Work site. Continue reading “Employee Perks Can Make a Big Difference”

Positive Communication for Positive Actions and Results

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Positive thinking and speaking is not just esoteric mumbo jumbo preached by some motivational speaker. Positive thinking and speaking can greatly improve your business communications, both written and spoken. When you learn to change your vocabulary and sentence structure (and your mindset) to project positivity, you can affect your own success, and you can bring others along with you, like a 21st Century “Pied Piper” of good feelings and success. Continue reading “Positive Communication for Positive Actions and Results”

Ready for Takeoff? Stop Doing the “Same Old Thing”

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ready-for-takeoff-stop-doing-the-same-old-thing“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” In my consultations with business owners, I’ve had the privilege to witness many great ideas, processes, products and services.  Some CEOS are stoic and resistant to change, tied to doing things in a “proven” way, while others embrace the new, always looking for ways to grow and improve. Continue reading “Ready for Takeoff? Stop Doing the “Same Old Thing””

Creating and Updating Job Descriptions: a Job Worth Doing

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creating-and-updating-job-descriptionsJob descriptions are not just an exercise in compliance.  Most people would agree that compensation, succession planning, performance management, and training and development are essential to your organization’s success.  However, many people don’t realize how central good job descriptions are to these very things. Continue reading “Creating and Updating Job Descriptions: a Job Worth Doing”

Is it Time for a Change?

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change-is-good-you-go-first“Change is good.  You go first.”  I laughed out loud when I read this sentiment on the bumper of the car ahead of me, because it speaks to something most of us feel.  While we crave change, we also cling to the familiar.

Greatness is achieved through change, whether radical and sudden, or plodding and methodical.  Without change, we cannot grow, and we cannot achieve different and better results.

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Hiring Smart: Why Background Screening Is Important

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why-background-screening-is-importantIs background screening for job applicants worth the time and effort? Definitely. Background screening should be an essential step of the hiring process, since it is a tool that helps identify the qualifications of a candidate to find out if they are a right fit for your organization.  It also can be used to proactively ensure integrity in your organization and keep your employees safe.

Various types of background screens are available, ranging from checking criminal records, employment verifications, or even checking security clearances. The screens may be somewhat different for applicants based on their position; however, you must be consistent for all candidates and/or like positions.  If background checks aren’t consistent and an applicant feels he or she has been discriminated against for not being selected, it could lead to unlawful hiring practices. Continue reading “Hiring Smart: Why Background Screening Is Important”

Avoid Presenteeism with Employee Engagement, Company Culture

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avoid-presenteeism-with-employee-engagement-company-cultureWoody Allen has asserted, “80% of success is showing up.”

For years, researchers have provided reports that show the impact of absenteeism – an employee’s intentional or unintentional absences from work – to a company’s bottom line. According to a recent study produced by workforce solution company Circadian, unscheduled absenteeism costs roughly $3,600 per year for hourly employees and $2,650 each year for salaried employees. Employers have offered incentives such as paid time off, sick time off, wellness programs, etc. just to get employees to “show up.” Continue reading “Avoid Presenteeism with Employee Engagement, Company Culture”