Help Employees Follow HACCP Food Safety Practices with Training

How safe are the items you produce? When your industry is food, this question must be on your mind from the very beginning, and has to remain a priority for as long as your business operates.

No matter what part of the food and beverage retail supply chain your company occupies, food safety is a matter of urgent importance. From regulatory compliance to consumer trust, numerous parts of your business success depend on your ability to produce high-quality products untouched by contaminants.

Among the systems designed to enforce food safety, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) methods stand out, due to the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put its official weight behind promoting them.

Getting in line with HACCP principles is not the only activity required to comply with all relevant regulations, but the concepts described therein represent a strong approach to secure, responsible food manufacturing. But what does it take to make a HACCP food safety program work in your organization?

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How to Improve Yourself When You Have Excess Downtime

This is a post originally shared by our partner, The Jeff Havens Company, on jeffhavens.com here.

The pandemic has brought a grand reckoning to almost every element of our lives, but the one I’d like to focus on here is how it has forced us to figure out what to do when we might feel there is nothing to do.  In fact, if you can ignore for a moment the various medical and economic catastrophes the coronavirus has brought us, there was a window of time during the beginning of all this where everyone I knew who had not been personally affected by illness or loss of work was weirdly enjoying themselves.  Children were home for dinner every night, there was suddenly plenty of time for gardening and home improvements and other projects that had been pushed off by the demands of normal life, and my neighborhood suddenly looked like we were living in the 1980s – families outside, riding bicycles and driving remote control cars and (brace yourself) playing in the yard!

Over time, though, that changed.  The novelty of yardwork and idle evenings reading another book started to fade, and even my friends’ teenagers got sick of playing video games all the time.  In a weird way, it very much mirrored what happens to a lot of us when we retire – the first few weeks or months are novel and great, and then the itch to “do something” starts to grow.

But what to do?

This is a not an idle problem.  Filling our lives with meaningful interactions and activities is directly related to how happy and fulfilled we are.  So if you’re struggling to figure out what to do when most of your normal things have been disrupted or taken away from you, here are a few ideas.

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How to Transition Back to “Normal”

This is a post originally shared by our partner, The Jeff Havens Company, on jeffhavens.com here.

It’s finally happening.  After over a year of living with some quite unexpected and unprecedented constraints, the world is finally, slowly opening back up.  Whether we return to a fully open state tomorrow or several months from now – and also regardless of whether you think it should have happened yesterday or should be put off until tomorrow – it is happening.  The long-awaited return to normal is coming.

But as a million others have already said, “normal” won’t exactly be normal right away.  Whatever the post-pandemic future looks like, there will be an adjustment period between the way we operate now and the way we’ll operate then.  How we handle that adjustment is going to be a big deal.

So, to that end, here are a few things to keep in mind as you, your family, and your business begin to work their way toward the bigger and busier world we’ve kept in the closet for the last year.

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Zoom Fatigue – Conquering Zoom Fatigue Once and For All

So, you’re sick of videoconferences. You’re not alone. Healthy percentages of us – between 25% – 35%, depending on which survey you read – are zoning out on calls, or doing other things, or simply staring at the wall and waiting to hear our names so that we can say, “Uh-huh” or “I agree” and then hope that what we agreed to is actually something we agree with. It’s also physically exhausting to stare at a screen, looking at people’s noses or cheeks and wondering why nobody ever looks you in the eyes, which is when you remember that you need to look at your camera and not at the giant heads on your screen. That tends to work for about 15 seconds, and then you’re right back at the screen where nobody is quite looking at anyone. Then there’s the people who forget to mute their microphones, the camera switching every time someone coughs, the….

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Commit to Your Company’s Vision through Targeted Training

companyvisionThe best-run, best-performing companies aren’t just groups of people working toward financial gain. Top organizations are driven by a vision that reaches all levels and departments. Uniting around this kind of purpose and elevating your own business’s operations may seem daunting, but there are tools to help you take these steps. Among these tools are training materials directly dealing with company vision. 

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