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Brrr…It’s Cold Outside! Winter Safety Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Brrr…It’s Cold Outside! Winter Safety Hazards and How to Avoid Them

Colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours in winter months can result in workplace hazards, especially for employees who work outdoors or who drive as a part of their job. On icy days, walking to and from the company parking lot can pose risk. Here are some steps you can take to help protect employees. #1: Check heating, insulation, and ventilation systems. Ensure proper heating, insulation, ventilation, and humidity in indoor environments and monitor these systems regularly. Consider prohibiting space heaters in the workplace, which can increase the risk of fire. Make sure thermometers are placed in all areas in which workers are exposed to cold temperatures and shield workers from drafty or windy conditions. #2: Require proper clothing for work conditions. Instruct employees who work in cold conditions to dress in layers so that they may adjust to changing conditions and to wear a hat, gloves, and insulated boots. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends employers wear at least three layers: (1) an inner layer made of...

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Fantasy Football & the Workplace: Is There A Flag Down on the Field?

Fantasy Football & the Workplace: Is There A Flag Down on the Field?

Football season is in full swing and millions of Americans are participating in fantasy football leagues. In these leagues, individuals draft virtual teams and earn points based on how well their players do in actual games. Some fantasy football leagues involve money (participants pay entry fees and win money if their virtual teams prevail), while others don’t. With fantasy football becoming more popular, employee participation might spill over into your workplace. Here are some considerations for addressing fantasy football leagues and similar competitions. Anti-Gambling Laws: Some states have enacted laws that specifically prohibit gambling in the workplace and/or online, but these states may differ on whether fantasy sports (that involve money or something of value) are considered a form of gambling. Even in states that don’t prohibit gambling or don’t consider fantasy sports a form of gambling, employers have the right to ban fantasy leagues in the workplace. It’s a best practice to have a written policy that: Prohibits all forms of gambling in the workplace; Includes a definition...

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What Makes Your Company A Great Place to Work?

What Makes Your Company A Great Place to Work?

The way others perceive your company can be critical to attracting, engaging, and retaining top employees. A strong message that clearly communicates why you’re an employer of choice can set you apart from your competition and help attract like-minded employees. That’s why many successful companies actively develop an employer brand to highlight their reputation as a great place to work. Here are some guidelines for developing and communicating your brand: Assess reputation. Your culture and brand are unique to you. Consider conducting surveys among applicants, new hires, and long-term employees to find out how they perceive your company. This will establish a baseline by which you can measure the effectiveness of future employer marketing campaigns. Identify strengths. While not every employer can offer the highest pay, you likely have strengths that are attractive to certain workers. Think about what makes your workplace unique and what you value. For example, maybe you give employees greater flexibility, promote diversity, foster a culture of social responsibility, encourage creativity and innovation, and/or empower...

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