I recently worked with fellow team members developing and presenting a stretching webinar. We needed to get the word out on the benefits of stretching at work and in our personal lives. Stretching is good for all walks of life including restaurant, hotel, factory, and construction workers. I decided to “practice what I preach” and made a conscious effort to stretch throughout the day. It helped make snow shoveling more tolerable this winter. And it even improved my sleep. I stretch before going to sleep every night and find myself more relaxed and sleeping better. Try it for yourself; you’ll be surprised at the results!(more…)
Cultivating the next crop of business professionals is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Not only can you work side-by-side with interns to equip them with the skills they need be successful in your industry, but your business can reap many rewards as well. From identifying new employees to increased productivity with the additional manpower, a college internship program is a solid investment for almost any business.
Most interns arrive at a company with little work-related experience under their belt, but this gives a company a great opportunity to raise the business world’s future talent. Companies can educate, grow, and mold interns to ultimately retain them as their own employees someday.(more…)
Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) Stab-Lok panels shouldn’t be inspected, but replaced. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, FPE Stab-Lok residential circuit breakers may fail to trip properly with overload and short-circuiting. Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) standards require that breakers trip, or shut off the current, when overloaded to prevent electrical hazards. The FPE breakers did not comply fully with UL testing requirements, and are not UL listed. The National Electric Code (NEC) requires all electrical components and products be listed by UL or other registered testing agency to be acceptable for installation and use.(more…)
Restaurants and bars face unique risks and complexities. As an alcohol-serving establishment, your business can be especially vulnerable to legal challenges. Do your bartenders know when to stop serving patrons? Do they know what signs to look for in an intoxicated person?
When Does a Bartender Have the Right to Refuse Service to a Patron?
At some point or another a bartender will likely have to address a belligerent or very intoxicated person. Below are several legitimate reasons to refuse service to a patron:
Working in freezing environments adds an extra layer of danger to any task. Feeling begins to dull, objects are prone to breakage, and ice causes slippery conditions and an unforgiving surface if one should fall. On top of these potential traumas, workers are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia, each with serious or long-lasting consequences.(more…)
Workplace accidents happen. But knowing what to do in the immediate aftermath and planning out the appropriate procedures, including incident reporting and investigation, will minimize risks in the long-term and help reduce costs for your business in the short-term. Workplace incidents are almost always preventable – it’s just a matter of knowing how.
Why Should You Investigate Workplace Incidents?(more…)
Do you know what the largest claim type is for Society Insurance? If you guessed slips, trips and falls you’d be correct. In terms of frequency and overall claim cost to Society Insurance policyholders, slip, trip and fall claims account for approximately 44% of overall claims. That being said, there are a number of steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of parking lot accidents. Obviously, during the winter months it’s not uncommon for there to be snow and ice in parking lots, but there are many other factors contributing to slips and falls in parking lots—all of which business owners should plan for.(more…)
Restaurants are fast paced environments with many opportunities for an employee to receive a burn injury. The Burn Foundation estimates that 12,000 burns occur annually in the Food Service Industry. A third-degree burn can be produced from a temperature of 150⁰ F with one second of exposure and many items in a common kitchen are well in excess of 150⁰ F. Burns can leave a business shorthanded while an employee is healing and lead to increased workers compensation or liability costs. Care should be taken to ensure the safety of employees.(more…)
Starting employment at a new business can be extremely exciting yet intimidating and can stir up some nerves. When adding a new person to your staff, you’ll want to make a positive first impression and ensure they are comfortable at your company; these impressions will impact how the employee views the company from here on out. This all begins with a solid onboarding process for new employees. Whether your company is large or small, welcoming new employees is imperative to promoting a healthy and productive company culture. Afterall, happy and engaged employees result in increased productivity—boosting your bottom line.(more…)