Is Your Business a Target? Robbery Prevention Tips

As a former robbery detective in the Chicago Police Department I can easily see why a business would be a target for a robbery or hold up. Now that my career is in insurance, I know how important it is for a business to keep a “low profile.” Here are a few things you can do to make the bad guys pick another business as their victim: (more…)

Successfully Onboarding New Employees

Finding the right person to fill a position is just as important as having a process to properly onboard them. Whether your company is large or small, getting your new hires off on the right foot is important and can make a huge impact in the long run.  (more…)

Clean Cooking Equipment to Prevent Grease Fires

Onion rings, french fries, cheese curds, fried chicken, Friday fish fry. Is your mouth watering yet? What do all of these have in common – aside from being delicious, of course? These are just a few of the culprits when it comes to the production of large amounts of grease involved with commercial cooking. While exhaust hoods are designed to collect a lot of these grease-laden vapors and residues during the cooking process, the commercial cooking equipment being used to heat up the food is often overlooked and can become a collection point for grease.

For each year from 2011 to 2013, an estimated 5,600 restaurant fires were reported to fire departments in the United States, resulting in no fewer than five deaths, 100 injuries, and $116 million in property damage. Of those 5,600 fires, 64% involved cooking and grease played a factor in nearly half of those incidents (Source: U.S. Fire Administration). (more…)

Tips for Reporting Insurance Claims

The easiest way to control your claim cost is with prompt reporting. Studies show that claims cost more when reporting is delayed. The sooner a claim is reported, the sooner it can begin to be managed and brought to resolution.

Key types of claims that should be reported as soon as possible: (more…)

Don’t Be a Victim of Email Scams

Email is commonplace in the business world, with over 108 billion emails sent and received per day. The fact that emails are circulating in big numbers makes them a good target for scammers. We all need to be careful when opening emails.

Consider this scenario that was recently brought to my attention: (more…)

Prevent Slips and Falls with a Floor Mat Program

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
How do we prevent a fall?
Clean floors can help with that,
And don’t forget the floor mat!

The average person walks over 8,000 steps a day. All it takes is one slip and fall and your life could be changed in an instant. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI): “Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, representing the leading cause of visits (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of the total falls.” What can we do as employers to protect our employees and customers from slips and falls? One of the best places to start is with a proper floor mat program. (more…)

How to Accept and Grow from Criticism

Receiving criticism can be one of the toughest parts of a job. It is challenging to hear about your weaknesses that need to be corrected and how you should be building your strengths. Even though it can be uncomfortable, the best way to grow from criticism is by choosing to use that feedback in a positive way.

Everyone is a work in progress, so we all have improvements we can make.  When receiving criticism, it is important to keep the following in mind: (more…)

Amendments to the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Act (2016)

Several bills pertaining to Wisconsin Workers Compensation were signed into law in 2016. It is important that we understand how these changes may affect us and also, how we may adjust our internal processes to best position ourselves for success. A couple of the new changes are detailed below. This is conveyed for informational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice. If you have any questions as to how this may affect an individual business entity, consult with your Human Resources expert or other legal counsel. (more…)

5 Reasons Prompt Claims Reporting Saves You Money

Prompt claims reporting is key to recouping your losses quickly and efficiently. The timing of when you choose to pick up the phone to report an incident to your insurance carrier has a direct effect on the bottom line. Here are the top five reasons why: (more…)

Leadership: A Life Journey

I recently started reading a book called How Great Women Lead, co-authored by Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane. The book is a mother-daughter trip around the world interviewing extraordinary women in leadership positions about their lives and how their experiences have shaped their leadership style in the professional world. It is an extremely interesting and inspirational read (I mostly like the life stories and the lessons they learned).

I’ve found that you can learn so much about yourself in reading about other people’s experiences – how your own life’s experiences may be relatable or entirely different but the moral is still the same. While Bonnie and Darcy have narrow focuses (happiness and leadership, respectively) I find the process of being a leader subject to all the ups and downs in our life journey.

Here are some questions to ask as we go through our life journey: (more…)