How safe is your office space?

How can you keep your employees safe in their office?

How can you keep your employees safe in their office?

Employee safety is one of the most important parts of a successful business.

Although an office may seem like a hazard-free space, accidents and injuries do occur.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 80,410 private-industry office and administrative workers suffered on-the-job injuries in 2008.

Recent statistics from AFL-CIO found that 4,628 workers were killed while working on a range of jobs in 2012, with an average of 13 deaths per day. In addition to these deaths, more than 3.8 million injuries and illnesses were reported as well, although this number is believed to be much higher due to difficulties in the reporting system.

The estimated costs of employee injuries and illnesses based on medical bills and loss of productivity is between $250 billion and $350 billion annually.

Keep your office employees safe with the following five tips: Continue reading

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EPA compliance and your business

More steps are being taken to guard against the pollution of the earth.

More steps are being taken to guard against the pollution of the earth.

As with any business, compliance with the numerous government agencies, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is essential for employee safety and security, as well as to protect the earth and its natural resources.

Recently, the Obama administration has decided to increase the amount of time states have to comply with proposed regulations relating to greenhouse gas pollution and their effect on the surrounding population. Continue reading

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5 factors that matter for employee motivation

Motivate your team with these five tips in mind.

Motivate your team with these five tips in mind.

Employee motivation can make a great difference when training and developing workers. The summer months can be a bit of a drag for employees, with warm sunshine outside, and them being stuck inside, but there are steps management can take to enhance the employee experience no matter the season.

As each employee is different, each will most likely respond to motivation in a different manner. This issue highlights the importance of a range of motivators, as well as a real understanding of a business workforce.

Keep the following five motivators in mind during your next meeting for a better start to the day, every day: Continue reading

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How can recognition increase employee retention?

Performance feedback can increase business retention.

Performance feedback can increase business retention.

How can performance feedback and simple employee recognition improve retention and prevent turnover?

The answer is easy to understand, but not always straightforward to enact in an office. Employees want to know that their work means something. They often want to understand how their contributions, both small and large, help shape the bigger picture of the business and increase profit.

A recent study, “The Effects of Employee Recognition and Appreciation,” conducted by TINYpulse, an employee engagement and research firm, found that 79 percent of employees “don’t feel strongly valued for the work they put in.” Continue reading

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The importance of proper hazard communication training

Be sure your business follows the latest  guidelines released by OSHA.

Be sure your business follows the latest guidelines released by OSHA.

Instilling and maintaining proper safety instructions for employees is critical for the workplace. Without safety in mind, workers can be at risk for a range of serious injuries, and even death in some cases.

With the proper training and educational information available, your workforce can remain productive and safe.

The changes to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard back in 2013, are still in the process of fully rolling out. The final related deadline is less than a year away, on June 1, 2016. By this date employers must “update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication programs as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

This final deadline comes on the heels of other requirements mandating changes to chemical labels, Safety Data Sheets, and training on both.

In your business, leadership and management teams should not only be aware of these changes, but must be implementing it as well. Some of these changes include: Continue reading

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