Monthly Archives: March 2013

The sleep deprived are depriving your company

March 20, 2013

According to the entertainment industry, zombies function without sleep. Not so with humans in the real world, although a disturbing percentage of today’s workers are operating as zombies – sleep deprived. Awake but not alert About 41 million U.S. workers (30 percent of the American workforce) get less than six hours of sleep each night, according to a study released earlier this year by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours a night. Sleep deprived workers are more likely to: - Get injured on the job or injure others. ...

The once and (possible) future employee

March 15, 2013

With spring and summer approaching, seasonal hiring will become a hot topic for many employers. A seasonal employee’s time with your company may be brief, but their impact could be long-lasting. Seasonal employees interact directly with your customers, handle cash, company equipment, and sensitive data, and can change the dynamics of a team overnight. Keep these 5 tips in mind as you add to your workforce this season. 1. Collect referrals from your current employees. This can be one of the quickest and least costly ways to attract talent. 2. Maintain a relationship with a local university or college. If ...

Audits are inevitable – be proactive!

March 6, 2013

HR audit guidelines, legal compliance, and tools for succession planning were the focus of a presentation given by Steve Williams, President of EctoHR, Inc., at the Bluewater HR Association’s (BWHRA) February meeting. BWHRA members and guests attended, including Human Resource professionals from the Port Huron area and beyond, representing industries spanning from healthcare, to manufacturing, to banking. Six Important Questions Steve gave insight into how small, medium, and even large-sized businesses could successfully implement an internal Human Resource audit by answering the big six questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How? Many attendees had never taken part in a ...

Overtime and holiday pay: Two different animals

March 6, 2013

During the recent holiday season, many employers have had employees in their offices asking “Where’s my overtime pay?” This may be the first time an employee scrutinized the columns on their paystub and realized they did not understand the differences between productive, nonproductive, and holiday pay. For example, let’s consider a week where an employee works a 40 hour week and also receives 8 hours of holiday pay. The holiday hours paid are counted as straight time, unless the company has a different policy in place, either via the Company handbook or a union contract. The underlying reason for the ...

Who you gonna call?

March 2, 2013

One thing is certain – a worksite emergency is about the worst time to realize that your employee emergency contact information is out of date or missing. In addition, since we never can predict when we will truly need the information (if we could, we would avoid the need altogether!), now is the best time to update emergency contact information for all of your employees. Be prepared Make a point to remind employees that names, phone numbers, email addresses, and other information should be accurate in the company files. The start of a New Year or new quarter is an ...