Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Sad Reality of “Post Education” Learning

The vast majority of employees don’t educate themselves after their formal schooling ends. We even use the term “post-education” as if we are somehow done with learning. Ask yourself a simple question: how many of your employees have been willing to spend even $100 over the last year to improve their education? Chances are very… Read more »

Participate In The “Interactive Process” To Impasse

Given the EEOCs aggressive disability stance, employers are encouraged to engage in the interactive process until it is no longer possible and/or no longer reasonable.  A recent decision issued by the First Circuit Court of Appeals in EEOC v Kohl’s Department Store illustrates why this tip is important. Facts of the case: The situation at… Read more »

ThinkHR Question of the Month

Allegation of Misused SSN Question: How should we respond to an allegation that a Social Security number (SSN) belonging to someone else is being used by one of our employees? Answer: As a first course of action, you may want to confirm that the accuracy of the Social Security number (SSN) being provided matches Form… Read more »

Risky Women and Timid Men – why you should seek both sexes risk management perspective

According to Julie Nelson in her paper “Are Women Really More Risk-Averse than Men?”, this question is like stating Canadians are right-handed, since ninety percent are.  But, you would reject that thesis immediately.  Studies demonstrate that women are more risk-averse than male counterparts, at least in the social laboratory; however, no study has shown that… Read more »

Industrial Accidents and the Bottom Line: cost accounting for injuries

An employee injury brings production to a complete halt.  Concerned coworkers rush to aid their colleague.  Work ends for hours as supervisors manage care for the injured, investigate, and document the incident. This scene is the employers’ nightmare. When the hard costs for first aid, hospitals and doctors, and the injured’s lost time begin to… Read more »

The CEO Leads: but who manages the safety program

The safety culture is established by leadership.  If the CEO and COO take safety seriously, it shows up as education, safe processes, and personal protection. Who manages the safety program?  Line managers?  Executives? Safety programs should be a collaborative effort to create a safe workplace.  Safety management, to be most effective, must reflect this ethic…. Read more »

Make Your Site Child Safe

Construction sites look like a top-notch playground to kids.  We were all young once, we understand.  For this reason, take extra steps to assure your site is child proof. Fence your site, at least with orange safety fencing.  Use temporary gates for overnight and weekends.  Post no trespassing signs. To the extent possible, grade the… Read more »

Inspect Employee-owned PPE and Tools Too

Certainly someone in your organization inspects hand tools for wear and tear, cracking, or chipping.  Grounds on electrical tools should be periodically checked as well as operational fitness. But your employees and subcontractors bring tools on site too.  Who checks those tools? As a prime contractor, you are still responsible for overall workers’ compensation and… Read more »