It’s National Safety Month! Week 1 Theme – Office Safety

June is National Safety Month, and what better way to kick off the celebration than with a few workplace safety tips? Today we will focus on office environment safety and what to look out for.

Office Injuries Can Have a Huge Impact

Office safety is an important issue. We do not frequently hear of incidents because they are typically minor, but some specific dangers in this environment lead to severe injuries.

People often first think of workstation ergonomics when considering safety in the office. In in-office environments, companies should provide the tools to ensure workers maintain good ergonomic positioning when at their workstations. (more…)

Question of the Month: How Have Current High Gas Prices Impacted Your Work Commute?

If you’ve been to the gas station recently, you’ve probably noticed that the new cost of filling up your tank is much higher due to rising gas prices. As summer approaches, gas costs will continue to climb. While some employees can work remotely, others must continue to travel to the workplace, increasing the cost of the drive. We want to know how you’re dealing with increased gas prices and how they’re affecting your commute.

Let us know by voting in our poll!

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Career Tips from Classic Videogames

At first it might not feel like your career has much in common with videogames. After all, you’re not a superpowered plumber or a Pokémon Master.  But think about it: when you first start out, you’re level one, then you gain experience, and eventually get access to new areas and better opportunities. That sounds pretty videogame-y, right? Turns out there are plenty of career tips to glean from classic videogames. Let’s press start! (more…)

On the Job Podcast S6:E4 – Spreading Love Through Math

The latest episode of the On the Job podcast is now available! The On the Job podcast series shares inspiring stories about the pursuit of work. Jobs give us a connection to our community and the ability to provide for ourselves and our families—On the Job presents interesting stories about the way people work and what it means to be employed. Season 6, Episode 4: Spreading Love Through Math Educator and software engineer Thierry Mugabo Uwilingiyamana knows what the stakes are when education isn’t allowed to flourish – so he’s dedicated his life to spreading knowledge and giving kids the tools they need to love learning.

Being a Leader: Quick Tips for Successful Delegation

“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” is the mantra of many high-performing leaders, but it’s not the healthiest approach to leadership and often leads to burnout and fatigue. Whether you think it will take longer to explain a task than to just do it yourself, you don’t want to be perceived as passing the buck, or are worried about overloading your team—there are many excuses leaders give to avoid delegation.

But, the rewards of successful delegation often far outweigh the risk. According to research from DDI, some of the biggest positive results include team members who are:

  • 9 times more likely to produce innovative/creative outcomes
  • 2 times more likely to go above their job description
  • 2 times more likely to be considered high performers
  • 9 times more likely to have high performance standards

So, if you’re the type of leader who has a hard time loosening your grip on projects and letting members of your team take the reins, here are a few quick tips for successful delegation. (more…)

Preventing and Defusing Workplace Violence

Workplace violence can strike at any time, from a co-worker, stranger, customer, client, or personal relationship. Threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening behavior are all examples of workplace violence.

You have the right to work in a safe environment, and we want to assist you in achieving that goal. Here are some tips on how to avoid and defuse violence in the workplace.

Prevention Tips:

  • Be familiar with your company’s emergency communication plan as well as how to contact local authorities.
  • If you think of how someone could enter your building, and if there is more than one entrance to your office, think about only having one entrance in use. Keep all other doors locked from the outside to control traffic.
  • If you use an ID card key or security code to access your building or office, make sure you are not sharing it with others. It’s good practice not to allow piggybacking into the workplace. In other words, every employee should use their own card key for access. This not only controls who gets into the workplace, but it can also account for who is in the workplace if a crisis occurs.

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Eating Better at Work

Eating healthy at work can be tough. Prepping meals the night before is time-consuming, and it’s much easier to throw a bag of chips and a PB & J together in the morning and call it a day. Not to mention all the unhealthy food available at the office, from donuts and candy to free pizza lunches and eating out with co-workers. If you’re having trouble eating healthy at work, here are a few tips that can help. (more…)