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…)

Should You Conduct Employee Background Checks?

There are a number of legal considerations associated with conducting a proper and fair background check. It’s not easy, so why should you bother? The answer is in the EEOC guidelines; you do a background check when there is a business necessity. As a business owner, you have an obligation to provide a safe environment for your employees and customers as well as a fiduciary responsibility to the company. Reasons for a background check include, but might not be limited to: (more…)

Legal Considerations for Employee Background Checks

Do you conduct background checks on job applicants? Have you ever thought of doing so? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions you need to be aware of the legal considerations.

There are a number of federal and state laws, along with local ordinances in some cities, which govern background checks. At the federal level there is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states in part “…a person cannot be denied employment based on a criminal record alonethe decision to hire or not hire must be based on a business necessity…” Some of the points to consider include, but are not limited to: (more…)

Health & Wellness: Goals + Coaching = Success

We are often hesitant to turn to others for help, especially when it is a personal matter like health and wellness. Maybe it’s because we’re embarrassed or believe we are past help. We’re more likely to focus on the wellness of loved ones rather than our own. Over and over again, we are told that our health is paramount – but often that is not enough for us to make a long‐term change.

Health coaching participants have told me that the first session is always the hardest because they don’t know what to expect. Typically the first session allows me to get to know the participant a little better and find out what is important to them.

When I think back to one of my most memorable coaching sessions, the participant’s first words were: (more…)

Working with Different Generations

Having multiple generations in the workforce at once is nothing new. One generation retires and another enters right behind them. Even though companies have always dealt with this, the differences seem to be increasing relating to values, communication, and work habits. With rapid technological advances, these differences appear more prominent between the baby boomers through the millennials. So how should companies handle all of the differences between these generations? (more…)