Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hiring underage employees for the summer? Be aware!

April 27, 2013

High schools are winding down for the summer break and soon your company will have students at your door with employment applications in their hands. This is a great opportunity to mentor a young person in the working world while picking up a few temporary employees. To ensure that both you and the young worker honor the requirements and guidelines for workers under 16, be knowledgeable of the following: Minors under 16 shall not be employed for more than 6 days in 1 week, nor for a period longer than a weekly average of 8 hours per day or 48 ...

Local companies become informed at Howell Lunch & Learn

April 25, 2013

More than 18 local companies came to the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn session on April 10 to hear Steve Williams, President of EctoHR, present timely information concerning Employment Law and Human Resources. The main focus of Steve’s lunchtime talk was updating participants on EEO law, the ADAA and recruiting. Steve also touched on health reform and the impact it will have on small businesses. Steve spoke with representatives of various industries ranging from packaging, real estate, automotive, and banking, to nonprofits, employment consulting, and the legal profession. EctoHR, Inc. is here for your company Couldn’t make ...

Is an underperformer dragging down morale?

April 23, 2013

Is morale low? Is there a substandard job performer in your company? If so, your other employees may be his/her silent hostages. Spot the underperformer Paul Falcone, an HR executive who has written on the subject of progressive discipline and termination, points out that managers need to review the situation where and with whom the lackluster employee works. Have there been: • veiled threats, hints at involving an attorney, or common knowledge that this employee is keeping a record of perceived offenses experienced at the hands of co-workers or supervisors? • complaints from the employee about others’ conduct when the ...

O’Brien Construction features ‘green’ headquarters

April 16, 2013

Just how green is O’Brien Construction’s new headquarters building in Troy? When you pull up to the building on Livernois, the first tip is the electric vehicle charging station where a Chevy Volt quietly sits, “refueling”. Enter a conference room and the lighting grows brighter with an adjustment to a skylight-type solar tube, not a bank of electric lights. Those are just two of the many green features at O'Brien Construction Company, which has specialized in commercial and multifamily buildings for 50 years. O’Brien Construction saw the common sense in the ‘green’ construction industry trend and put those practices to ...

A little recognition goes a long way

April 11, 2013

When it comes to knowledge about an employee's day-to-day behaviors and commitment to the company's core values, nobody knows more than the employee's peers! Many companies are taking advantage of this fact by implementing peer-to-peer recognition programs. Coworkers are on the front lines when it comes to observing and recognizing top performance on a daily basis. Managers, especially those responsible for multiple offices, may miss the extra effort an employee puts in. Peer recognition programs have become a popular answer to low pay increases in a poor economy. Recognizing an individual’s, or team’s, effort is a cost-effective way to boost ...