Employment Enterprises Blog

Caring as a Competitive Weapon

Posted by Ed Frauenheim and Shawn Murphy on Apr 13, 2017 11:40:31 AM

 

A sense of belonging–even love–drives higher revenue, according to new Great Place to Work study.

Soft is hard-edged when it comes to business growth.

That’s a key takeaway from new research from Great Place to Work, conducted while creating the 2016 Best Small and Medium Workplaces list. This research showed that one of the strongest drivers of better-than-average revenue growth among smaller businesses is a caring community at work.

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Topics: Company Culture, Workplace

Get Emotional, and Other Tips for Building Trust

Posted by Sara Payne on Mar 31, 2017 6:52:00 AM

How much do you trust your coworkers? Your boss? How about senior leadership?

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Topics: Employees, Workplace

Where Outdoor Work and Nature Collide

Posted by James W. Heslep on Mar 24, 2017 7:12:00 AM

With warmer weather and longer days, employers now have the opportunity to focus on outdoor projects that have fallen dormant for several months. However, while warmer weather offers employers a chance to get outside and work, moving that work outside can present some hazards to employees that are often overlooked. Whether your workplace is a saw mill, a factory, or an office, the natural inhabitants of your environment who are also awakening at this time of year can pose a threat to your employees. Employers should spend time identifying these potential threats and making to minimize the risks that they present.

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Topics: Labor & Industrial Insights, Workplace

Three Ways to Optimize Employee Work Schedules

Posted by Jennifer Ardery on Mar 23, 2017 7:37:00 AM

The term “optimized” tends to get thrown around a lot, especially when talking about employee scheduling. But what does it really mean?

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Topics: Human Resources Insights, Human Resources, Workplace

Put Your Safety Program in Writing

Posted by Mark Steinhofer on Mar 20, 2017 7:17:00 AM

Most companies prepare safety programs because of requirements for local and federal compliance. But a good safety program can do far more than simply keep you on the right side of the law. By helping you ensure that you have the right systems and programs in place, a safety program can help to ensure that your employees don’t get injured on the job. Because they are probably your company’s greatest asset, and are critical to meeting the needs of your customers, keeping employees safe and healthy also keeps your business safe and healthy.

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Topics: Labor & Industrial Insights, Workplace, Safety

Workplace Safety Violations Could Lead to Felony Convictions

Posted by Holland & Hart on Feb 28, 2017 7:52:00 AM

Looking to send a strong message to employers who fail to provide a safe workplace, the Departments of Labor and Justice (DOL and DOJ, respectively) are teaming up to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations, namely, violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and the Mine Safety and Health Act (MINE Act). Under a new worker endangerment initiative federal investigators and prosecutors will look to possible environmental crimes committed by companies in conjunction with workplace safety violations in order to seek felony convictions and enhanced penalties available under federal environmental laws. With the DOJ’s additional focus on holding individual corporate wrongdoers accountable, corporate executives could find themselves criminally and civilly liable for their roles in such crimes.

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Topics: Employees, Workplace

Not Talking Enough in Meetings? Stop Being That Person

Posted by Sharlyn Lauby on Feb 22, 2017 7:40:00 AM

I ran across this article on The Muse titled “3 Signs You’re Talking Way Too Much in Meetings (and How to Stop Being that Person).” It’s a good read and worth checking out. But it prompted me to ask, “What about the person who doesn’t talk enough?” Yes, it’s possible to not talk enough during meetings.

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Topics: Human Resources Insights, Company Culture, Workplace

Work/Life Balance is Good for Business!

Posted by Darcy Jacobsen on Jan 16, 2017 6:13:00 AM

We often think of work-life balance as something that we can give employees by offering more flexible work schedules, or a holistic benefits package. Instinctively, it seems like giving employees time to manage their lives should help them achieve this elusive balance–which so many experts tell us we need.

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Topics: Workforce, Workplace

5 ways to Grow a More Human Workplace

Posted by Nancy Eaves on Oct 10, 2016 9:53:20 AM

Trust is most easily defined as reliance on another person’s integrity. Psychologically, the need for trust arises from our interdependence with others. The presence of trust implies respect, cooperation, and honesty. But it also implies risk. Trust is abstract and intangible. It can be very fragile and, once lost, it is not easily reestablished.

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Topics: Company Culture, Retention, environment, Employees, Workplace

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