Monthly Archives: December 2013

HOLIDAY PARTY REMINDERS & RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION

Eggnog, latkes, old friends, parties – and a lot of beveraging! HR That Works wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! As the host of your company party, you have a legal obligation to make sure that attendees get home safe. Here’s our list of tips to help you meet this responsibility: Make party… Read more »

A NEW HR STORY

Once upon a time, HR was viewed as a boring corporate wasteland “Oh no! Sally got transferred into the HR department… her career is over. Poor Sally!” Even though companies hired, managed, and fired people all the time, management still saw HR as an administrative backwater. That view gradually changed. Books such as Good to… Read more »

DOES TELECOMMUTING WORK?

In early 2013 Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer decided to eliminate telework, with an eye towards innovation and collaboration. “Some of the best insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people and impromptu meetings,” said EVP of People and Development Jackie Reses, adding that “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: 24 RECENT THOUGHTS AND STATEMENTS

I do a lot of reading. Here are some thoughts inspired by the latest round: No person who produces from the heart will go for naught. Career success requires both inner and external engineering. As the scope of your life becomes bigger, less will be under your control. “I will be happy….. when” is meaningless…. Read more »

PROTECT YOUR DATA IN ‘THE CLOUD’

More and more businesses are storing data on off-site service providers (known collectively as “the cloud”) to reduce costs and boost efficiency. However, many companies either don’t realize how vulnerable this information is, or don’t have contracts that make third-party cloud providers responsible for lost, stolen, or corrupted data. If there’s a data breach when… Read more »

FREIGHT CARGO INSURANCE 101

If you rely on shipping your products, you could lose a bundle, unless you have freight cargo insurance. Freight carriers are legally required to carry a minimum amount of insurance (“carrier liability”) of 10¢ per pound, and this total liability can be no higher than the invoice value of your shipment. Check with your carrier(s)… Read more »

YOU’VE BEEN HACKED! SPREAD THE WORD

No matter how prepared you are – or believe you are – you can still suffer a cyber-security breach. What you do next can have a profound impact on the reputation of the business, customer loyalty, employee morale, and, ultimately, your bottom line. An effective communication strategy should follow these guidelines: Notify key regulatory and… Read more »

BUSINESS CRIME CONTROL 101

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, crime, from burglary and shoplifting to fraud and embezzlement, plays a role in up to 30% of business failures. To help protect your company (and keep your insurance costs under control), use this checklist: Employees: Do background checks on all applicants Train employees on safe opening and closing… Read more »

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF WORKPLACE SAFETY

Following these principles of leadership will help you and your employees focus on job safety: Don’t walk by. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent any potentially unsafe acts and conditions they witness from turning into accidents. STOP! Encourage employees to stop working whenever they feel unsafe, no matter what reason they give. Focus on a… Read more »

MATERIALS AND WASTE MANAGEMENT: PREVENTION PAYS

Each year around 1,000 trips or slips on construction sites result in fractured bones or dislocated joints, often leading to permanent disability, harming workplace morale, reducing productivity, and raising insurance premiums. Many of these accidents are due to negligence in dealing with building materials or waste. Safe site operation requires co-ordination between the client, contractor(s),… Read more »