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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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5 Lessons Learned from the Recent Harassment Complaints

5 Lessons Learned from the Recent Harassment Complaints

Nondiscrimination laws require employers to maintain a work environment that is free from sexual and other types of harassment. Beyond compliance reasons, promoting a harassment-free workplace is the right thing to do and critical to maintaining a productive workforce. However, recent scandals in the media, academia, Hollywood, and Congress are indications that sexual harassment remains a significant problem in the workplace. In light of these improprieties, here are five key takeaways to help you assess your anti-harassment efforts: #1: A policy isn’t enough. While having a written anti-harassment policy is important (and even required in some jurisdictions), it will mean little if you don’t enforce it. If you observe or are put on notice that misconduct may have occurred, you have a duty to launch a prompt, impartial, and thorough investigation. Depending on the circumstances, consider whether an internal investigation is sufficient or if you need to have an outside third party conduct an impartial investigation. If an investigation reveals that harassment occurred, take immediate and appropriate corrective action...

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Washington Federal Taps ADP to Help with Transforming their HR Processes

Washington Federal Taps ADP to Help with Transforming their HR Processes

Washington Federal, founded in 1917, offers its clients ‘one-on-one, professional, and friendly’ banking services. Based in Seattle, Washington, they currently employ 2,000 staff members across eight western states. Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Lisa King, has been in banking for almost thirty years and with Washington Federal for nine of them. Within the first few years, King saw the company grow significantly through acquisitions; but with more staff on board, HR faced new challenges. With employees in multiple locations, her team also had to manage the laws and compliance regulations that varied from state to state. In order for her team to have the time needed to successfully expand the company, King needed the help of a comprehensive human resource provider: Washington Federal chose ADP Workforce Now®. Says King, “Now that we have the time back from answering phone calls, we can turn to other strategic initiatives, such as reporting – which is now automatic. We have a very accurate and up-to-date database.” Her team is finally able...

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Education Affiliates Turns to ADP to Streamline Payroll, HR, Time and Attendance and Recruiting Processes

Education Affiliates Turns to ADP to Streamline Payroll, HR, Time and Attendance and Recruiting Processes

After years of rapid growth and many acquisitions, Education Affiliates realized that having disparate HR and payroll systems in each of its more than 45 locations across the United States proved to be inefficient and costly. Having decentralized payroll and HR systems, made it difficult to standardize processes and have visibility into workforce data. To solve for this, the company implemented ADP Vantage HCM®, an integrated cloud-based human capital management solution. “Having our payroll, time and attendance, HR and recruiting information all on one easy-to-navigate platform, has been a game changer,” said Lydia Chodnicki, director of Payroll at Education Affiliates. “Prior to ADP®, everything was done on paper. Our time system wasn’t connected to our various payroll systems so importing and exporting payroll information would habitually cause problems. Since we’ve gotten rid of manual processes, I now can see and pull payroll data in real-time so I’m no longer putting out fires, but rather preventing them with relative ease.” “Within the first year of partnering with ADP, we saved...

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Dynamic Growth at Beeline: ADP Can Help

Dynamic Growth at Beeline: ADP Can Help

Beeline is a software company which offers end- to-end procurement of contingent labor in nearly 70 countries. Through a divestiture and two acquisitions over the past eight years, Beeline has grown from 170 employees to over 450 employees globally– a large-scale change with immense impact on the organization’s culture and HR structure. With its second acquisition in December 2016, Beeline’s HR staff worked to onboard acquired employees, with only three months to manage the moving parts and processes of preparing for open enrollment and providing benefits options. Accompanying these challenges was the strategic alignment of the HR department. Traci Kellner, executive vice president of Human Capital at Beeline, works hard to ensure that HR is visibly present, engaged and working with leadership to drive sustainable, organizational change. However, when the team is buried behind administrative tasks, processes, manual adjustments and more – it’s not possible to scale the way the department needs to. To maintain the innovative spirit at the heart of its business, the HR team at Beeline...

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