How protected do employees feel in your business?

Are your employees prepared for an emergency situation?

Are your employees prepared for an emergency situation?

According to a recent PR Newswire Release, one in four employees are unsure of how they would protect themselves during an emergency at work.

This information, compiled in a new survey conducted by CareerBuilder, highlights the importance of having, maintaining and executing an emergency preparedness plan in the workplace.

The survey also found that:

  • 94 percent of workers believe their office is a secure place to work, but a quarter claim they would have no idea if a threat, such as an armed worker, occurred.
  • 30 percent believe their workspace is not well-protected from a physical threat, as well as from a digital threat.
  • 21 percent of workers believe their company has no emergency plan in place for a natural disaster.

“Keeping employees protected means not only putting measures in place to keep them safe, but making sure employees are aware of the policies and procedures they can protect themselves too,” said chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder Rosemary Haefner.

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration set forth a precedent in 1970 (OSHA Act of 1970) that each employer must make their workplace free of recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious injury to employees. In regards to this, each employee must comply with occupational safety and health standards applicable to their own actions or conduct.

There are many steps to take to prepare for a workplace emergency in order to protect employees. Keep the following tips in mind when creating a plan: Continue reading

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Courses now available with Closed Captioning

We have been busy incorporating closed captioning as a feature of our courseware platform. Over 30 courses have been updated to include closed captioning, and the number will continue to grow over the coming months.

All of these courses are accessible from all devices; including smart phones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers. All  courses feature full-motion, high-quality video, and many of them feature HD video. Many of these titles also allow the learner to select between English and Spanish language.

Here is the list of courses that currently offer closed captioning:

Active Shooter and Workplace Violence
Anhydrous Ammonia 
Backs: Elements of Back Care
Bloodborne Pathogens: Always Protect Yourself
Cold Stress: Working Safely In Cold Weather 
Creating Safety in Welding Operations 
DOT: HAZMAT: General Awareness
DOT: HAZMAT: Safety Training
Driving Safety: The Basics
Driving: Distracted Driving: At What Cost?
Electrical Safety For Qualified Workers
Electrical Safety: 2015 NFPA 70E Arc Flash Training
Electrical Safety: What Everyone Should Know
Emergency Preparedness
Fall Factors: Understanding and Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Fire Extinguishers: Ready to Respond
Forklift Operator Safety: Handle with Care
Forklift Safety Lessons For The Safe Pedestrian
Hazard Communication and The Global Harmonizing System
Hazard Communication: Your Key to GHS Chemical Safety
Hearing: Are You Listening, Jim?
I Chose To Look The Other Way: Three Stories of Workplace Safety 
Job Safety Analysis, Safety Awareness And You
Laboratory Safety: Planning for Laboratory Emergencies
Ladders: Using Ladders Safely
Machine Guarding and Operator Safety
Move It Safely: Avoiding Injury While Handling Materials
OSHA Recordkeeping for Managers and Supervisors
PPE: Your Last Layer Of Protection
Preventing Fires During Hot Work Operations
Safe Use and Operation of Industrial Cranes
Stress: Workplace Stress
Surviving The Fall: The Proper Use Of Your Personal Fall Arrest System
Understanding and Controlling Ergonomic Risk Factors

This list will continue to grow. You can check to see if a course has closed captioning by looking for “Closed Captioning” in the left sidebar of individual product pages in the course catalog.

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6 benefits of office teamwork

How can employee teamwork advance your business?

How can employee teamwork advance your business?

Teamwork in an office setting is a vital component of creativity, productivity and overall employee happiness.

Efficient teamwork practices maximize a productive atmosphere, helps groups operate smoothly and strengthens business goals. A lack of teamwork in a business can severely impact its performance and even lead to its eventual failure.

Keep these six teamwork advantages in mind during your next employee development meeting: Continue reading

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3 ways to engage productivity at work

Is your worker productivity at its most engaged level?

Is your worker productivity at its most engaged level?

Engaging a productive workforce is one of the most vital components of a business. One way management can implement productive practices is by eliminating practices that detract from it.

According to a recent survey conducted by Career Builder, employees said the top five productivity killers at work include: cellphones and texting, the internet, gossiping, social media and checking email.

Although some of these happenings cannot be avoided, such as checking email, others can be like social media searches and cell phone usage.

Other steps can also be taken to increase overall employee engagement and happiness. There are ways to be productive and still maintain an innovative, fun to be in workplace. Keep these three tips in mind when encouraging more productive practices: Continue reading

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The importance of trust in your business

Employee trust and teamwork are a vital part of development and progression.

Employee trust and teamwork are a vital part of development and progression.

Trust is one of the most important parts of a successful business, maybe even the most important in terms of productivity, revenue and customer satisfaction.

According to research conducted by University of British Columbia professor John Helliwell, employees are happiest when they work with people they feel as if they can trust.

Research conducted by Dennis and Michelle Reina of the Reina Trust Building Institute echoes this belief that trust “is the critical ingredient and trustworthiness is the descriptive word that helps to define authentic leadership. Without trust, employees have little interest in being creative, taking risks and collaborating.”

How can management and leadership build trust? Keep these five tips in mind when it comes to enhancing trust at employee, leadership and corporate levels: Continue reading

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