Do Your Employees Know How to Prevent Back Injuries?

Back injuries can be devastating to employees who suffer them — and a few best practices can prevent these problems. What should your team members learn from training?

An office worker feels back pain.

From the warehouse to the office, back injuries are a risk for employees.

Back injuries are both relatively common and potentially devastating. In many kinds of workplaces, preventing these incidents from occurring comes down to a blend of factors, from setting up the work environment in ergonomically friendly ways to investing in appropriate training. Many of the day-to-day activities performed by workers could be harmful if done in an incorrect manner. As a workplace leader, it’s up to you to make sure your team is staying safe. Continue reading

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Stay on Top of Department of Labor Laws with Training Courses

What does it take to comply with regulations such as the FMLA and FLSA?

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Complying with DOL rules is important, but it doesn’t have to be hard.

Keeping a workplace in compliance with all relevant laws from the Department of Labor should be a top priority for any business, regardless of industry. Companies that don’t follow the regulations regarding fair labor practices may end up facing fines and other penalties, along with the reputation damage that can accompany noncompliance.

Rather than taking an informal approach to providing DOL labor law information to management and human resources personnel, companies can and should formalize their training programs, giving a detailed overview of relevant rules and helping their business comply. When managers and HR leaders understand the right way to deal with issues such as medical leave, hours and wages, they’re positioned to keep their organizations compliant and regulators happy. Continue reading

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How to Create Truly Entertaining Training (and Why It’s More Important Now than Ever)

Ever since we started falling asleep in school during our teachers’ lectures, we’ve all wanted our education to be enjoyable.  Companies spend billions of dollars trying to develop training programs that entertain as well as inform; the most recent innovation in this respect is gamification, which is estimated to be a $2.8 billion industry in and of itself by 2015.  Also, innumerable studies have demonstrated that if a particular subject is taught in a humorous or entertaining way, audiences remember a higher percentage of the subject material and retain that knowledge for a longer period of time.  So not only is entertaining training more fun to begin with, it’s also more effective – which means less money that you’ll have to spend on re-training, which means more money you’ll have for the company holiday party, which means you’ll get to eat more pie.  And I think all of us could do with a little more pie. Continue reading

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4 Ways to Create Better, More Memorable Corporate Training

If you’ve received any formal education at all (which I’m guessing you have, since otherwise this article would probably not have popped up on your radar), then you’ve experienced training sessions that made you want to rip your eyeballs out.  You’ve sat through multi-hour lessons that taught you nothing because you spent the entire time catching up on emails and playing games on your phone.  What a great way to spend your training dollars!

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way.  There are some pretty simple ways to get excellent training for yourself, your team, and your employees at a minimum of cost and maximum of benefit.  There are a few more guidelines than what you’ll see below – like, you know, actually creating the training – but these four ideas should show you how to do it right. Continue reading

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Master the Basics of Fire Prevention with Safety Training

Safeguarding your workplace against fire is an important priority for any business leader — training is part of this equation.

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What does fire safety mean for your workplace?

Fire prevention is one of the constants in running a business. While the practices associated with fire safety differ based on the kind of company in question, there is always a need to put in the effort to keep employees safe.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements regarding fire hazard negation are a good starting point if you’re unsure whether you’re doing enough to protect your workplace from a blaze. Reacquainting yourself with safety musts can point you in the direction of important facility features, planning priorities and training needs. Continue reading

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