How to Throw A Fun (And Safe) Company Holiday Party

The holiday season yields plenty of opportunities to spread cheer, merriment and show gratitude to those that play significant roles in your life – including your employees. One of the most appreciated ways to express this is by giving the green light to let loose and socialize. We’re talking, of course, about hosting a company holiday party. Everyone can let their hair down, put work aside, and get to know each other on a more interpersonal level.

Regrettably, many corporate employees dread their annual holiday party because, well, they simply aren’t fun. Perhaps people feel as if they’re walking on eggshells, or maybe the environment doesn’t feel like a place where people can truly let their guard down around their superiors. Here are some helpful tips to help you throw a successful holiday party that your staff will look forward to each year.

Read, ‘How to Retain Top Talent: 4 Helpful Tips’ for more insight on boosting employee morale.

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Thanking Employees: How To Show Gratitude After A Job Well Done

Approximately 64% of working Americans leave their job because they feel underappreciated. Thanking employees for a job well done on a project is a great way to increase employee morale and motivation. Many people assume that employees are only motivated financially, but this simply is not the case. While it makes sense to financially compensate employees for continued successes, consistent encouragement from upper management is always welcome. Any employee that cares enough to put effort and quality into their work will also be motivated by acknowledgement of their efforts. Here are a few ways you can express gratitude for a job well done.

Read our blog post, “Showing Employee Appreciation” for more useful ideas on how to show appreciation.

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Ladder Falls at Work and How to Avoid Them

We all want to ‘climb the ladder’ at our company. But what happens if you fall off – literally? With ladder-related injuries accounting for approximately 136,000 accidents a year, your business can’t afford to not take ladder falls seriously.

Ladder Falls Statistics

  • More than 500,000 people per year are treated (1), and more than 300 people die (2) from ladder-related injuries. 
  • The estimated total annual cost of ladder injuries in the United States is $24 billion, including work loss, medical, legal, liability, and pain and suffering expenses (1).
  • Among workers, approximately 20 percent of fall injuries involve ladders, and among construction workers, an estimated 81 percent of fall injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms involve a ladder (3).
  • During 2018, Ladders in Construction were one of the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA violations (4). 

If you would like to see more on stepladder safety, download our Stay Safe with Society Stepladder Safety handout or take our Ladder Safety Challenge to assess your risk level!

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5 Small Business Management Tips

As of 2018, there are 30.2 million small businesses in the U.S. accounting for 58.9 million jobs in the country. It’s no secret that small businesses are a crucial part of the U.S. economy and their success should be important to us all.

Managing a small business comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Often times, simply deciding which goals or tasks to prioritize can be a full-time job in itself. As a small business owner, you are probably under a lot of pressure with little room for mistakes. It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when managing the million different moving parts of a business but the good news is there are ways to make managing a small business easier. Here are five of our best small business management tips for juggling day-to-day operations.

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Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, even with the most agreeable personalities. The average American spends well over 2,000 hours at work over the course of a year. When employees of various backgrounds and different work styles are brought together to work on the same project with the same goal, the conflict will be a natural byproduct. Not all conflict is bad, however, and all conflict can and should be managed and resolved. If handled correctly, confronting conflict head-on will result in a stronger culture and closer teams.

Interested in learning how to increase productivity amongst your employees? Read, “Increasing Employee Motivation.

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4 Money Saving Tips for Restaurant Owners

Get lean, get smart and get motivated! No, we aren’t talking about trimming your waistline—we’re talking about cutting costs associated with running your restaurant. While we don’t suggest implementing anything that could jeopardize food or service quality, there are four things you can do right away to reduce restaurant costs. Implement these 4 money saving tips in your restaurant, and watch the savings accrue!

Interested in learning about how to market your restaurant? Read these blogs:

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How To Retain Top Talent: 4 Helpful Tips

Why do people quit their jobs? It can be any number of reasons, from non-motivational work to new opportunities elsewhere, to poor pay or lack of purposeful connection with the company culture. When a less than effective employee quits you might feel some relief, but when a truly valuable and well-liked employee turns in their resignation, it can really sting. The trick is to keep your employees happy and fulfilled at work to retain your top talent.

Are you a seasonal restaurant owner? Read, “How to Improve Employee Retention in Seasonal Restaurants.

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Cyber Claims Digest for 2020 Planning

This entry is part 30 of 30 in the series Data Security

Analysis of 2018 Cyber Claims Data by Society Insurance

Ransomware. Business email compromise. Spear phishing. This is the new language of business risk. Whether it’s a massive data breach that exposes customer information, or an automated ransomware attack that extorts bitcoin payments from a small business owner, the cybercrime wave continues to swell as the cybercrime economy becomes more sophisticated.

The threat of cyber attacks continues to top the list of executive concerns around the globe. According to the latest survey by The Conference Board, US-based CEO’s rank cybersecurity as their number one concern.

And here’s why…

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2020 OSHA Update

With fall officially underway and Halloween right around the corner, it can only mean one thing: sweets, sweets, and more sweets. However, I would ask that you put down whatever candy your kids have rejected so you can start reflecting on 2019 and planning for 2020.  And as all successful businesses know, it is important to not only include a sales or production evaluation but an evaluation of your safety program. To help, here is a 2020 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) update to move you in the right direction.

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Safeguarding Your Livelihood: Business Video Surveillance Best Practices

As a business owner you want to ensure your investment is well protected. From slip and fall accidents to robbery, there are many reasons to have business video surveillance. Having an effective business video surveillance system will help deter shoplifting and employee theft, while also proving quite valuable when trying to document injury claims by customers or employees.

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