Take every opportunity to celebrate with your staff; celebrate Halloween and create a fun and engaging work environment. Halloween is not only a popular tradition amongst young children, but it is also an exciting holiday for many adults as well. Promote an engaging work environment for your entire staff and celebrate this exciting holiday with fun activities and creative, work-appropriate costumes.
Title: Employee on-boarding
Give your new hires the tools and information they need to be successful in their new environment. New employees should be properly introduced to their new position and to the company. By providing them with useful information and resources, you ensure that they’re settled in much more quickly and efficiently. Starting at a new company with new surroundings and employees can be overwhelming for your new hire.
Be a manager, go to jail! Managers are just as liable as ownership when it comes to employment law. The law does not differentiate between a manager and the company owner; therefore, the behavior of a manager must be impeccable, as in the eyes of the law, the manager is an extension of ownership. Additionally, the manager may be held personally liable, and named in a lawsuit.
Update your HR Internet and phone use policy
Much HR law and policy protect employees’ rights and privacy. Privacy and safety in the workplace are important matters and certain laws protect employees when it comes to personal information and activities (i.e., private phone conversations). The laws, however, have limited employee rights for internet usage that take place on company computers and on company time. Certain companies, in fact, have permission to monitor employees’ work phones, emails, and computers.
Training & Development: Harassment in the Workplace
Harassment is a delicate, but necessary issue that should be addressed in every work environment. With proper training, managers and employees can detect when sexual harassment is taking place in the work environment and have the proper knowledge as to how to address or report such behavior. Aside from preventing lawsuits against the company, proper training can bring awareness and sensitivity to your staff.
Employee rights: Military Spouse Leave
An employee is eligible for military spouse leave if he or she is the spouse or registered domestic partner of a “qualified member” of the military and works an average of 20 or more hours per week. In California, employers are required to grant employees with unpaid leave if their military spouse is on leave from deployment. A qualified member is considered an individual who is part of the U.S.
HR Consulting: How smaller clients benefit
Typically, smaller employers do not have the resources to have a professional human resources person on staff, such as an HR Director or an HR Manager. When smaller companies get into trouble, they will then call upon an employment attorney to “fix” whatever the issue is… and this can be quite costly. Retaining an HR Consultant to make sure they are in compliance initially, will help smaller companies save dollars.
Employee Wellness Programs
Designed to bring employees together to share the benefits of health and fitness. The benefits of employee wellness programs are becoming more evident and as a result, an increasing number of businesses are incorporating wellness programs within their workplace. Through classes and programs which include health, nutrition, and fitness, employees are able to share the benefits of living a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Diversity and sensitivity training
Protect yourself against claims of hostile working environments, or harassment in the workplace! Create a friendly and welcoming work environment for all your staff. By appreciating the diversity in your workplace, your employees can feel accepted and comfortable in their surroundings. Make sure there are no discriminatory practices taking place at your workplace as your company could be charged with a litigated claim if discrimination occurs.
Safety Tip - First Aid Kits
Abide by OSHA requirements - Occupational Safety and Health Act. This act is a primary federal law that governs occupational health and safety in the workplace. The goal of this act is to ensure that employers in all industries provide their employees with a working environment that is free from hazards which include toxins, excessive noise levels, heat or cold stress, as well as mechanical dangers.