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5 Tips for Celebrating Halloween in the Workplace in 2020

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Oct 27, 2020 2:27:00 PM

From costumes to candy, Halloween celebrations know no age limit. However, for employers, workplace Halloween gatherings, if not planned properly, can lead to nightmarish HR situations.

Striking a balance between safety and fun for workplace holidays is always tricky, but the coronavirus pandemic has added a new layer of risk this season. The days of bobbing for apples or dancing the Monster Mash in close quarters may be gone for now, but that doesn't mean workplace Halloween celebrations must be canceled altogether.

Read on to learn how to keep your employees safe during workplace Halloween celebrations amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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6 Workplace Hazards You Need to Be Aware Of

Posted by Greg Andress on Oct 22, 2020 3:54:04 PM

Accidents and workplace mishaps can happen at any moment. That's why it's important to be aware of common workplace hazards to reduce the risk of employee injuries. The most common workplace hazards include safety hazards like slip-and-falls or electrical hazards. There are also ergonomic workplace hazards, environmental, chemical, among other common factors that pose safety risks to your workers.

Whether your company sets up shop on a job site or in an office, these are the workplace hazards you should be aware of in order to promote workplace safety. The following list helps break down the six most common workplace hazards as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, workplace safety, workplace hazards

Jobsite Hearing Safety Guidance for Employers

Posted by Greg Andress on Oct 22, 2020 1:35:00 PM

Each year, an estimated 22 million workers are exposed to potentially harmful noise levels while on the job. In fact, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical condition in the United States.

Workers in all kinds of industries may be regularly exposed to noise hazards while on the job. As an employer, it's important to consider your workers' risks of hazardous noise exposure and learn how to help your employees prevent occupational hearing loss.

Foster a safe work environment for your employees by learning more about noise and hearing loss prevention below.

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7 Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

Posted by Luthfur Miah on Oct 15, 2020 4:29:25 PM

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, but avoiding cybercrime requires year-round vigilance.

 

Email phishing attacks are the most frequent threat, as you've probably noticed by looking at your inbox. Unfortunately, these scams are becoming more advanced and sophisticated. Fraudulent emails can be so convincing that it's hard to tell them from the real thing.

Now's the time to review the 7 Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams below and put them into practice so you don't become a victim.

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Topics: Phishing Scams, Cybersecurity, Internet Safety

How to Help Your Employees Vote

Posted by Tonya Fletcher SPHR, SHRM-SCP on Oct 14, 2020 10:06:00 AM

The 2020 presidential election is right around the corner. Although Election Day is not a federal holiday, more and more companies across the United States are encouraging their employees to vote.

Some organizations have gone so far as to develop corporate voter engagement strategies to increase voter participation throughout their companies. During the 2018 midterm election, Patagonia closed its stores for Election Day to allow workers to vote. BCBSM created voting guides to help employees understand the roles of each candidate. This year, Starbucks will partner with the rideshare service, Lyft, to provide the companies' 200,000 U.S. employees with a free ride to the polls on Election Day. Companies are providing resources and ways to make voting easier for their employees.

Read on to learn more about expectations for employers, how to actively help your employees vote, and the benefits of doing so.

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Emergency! Disaster Preparedness for Employers

Posted by Greg Andress on Oct 13, 2020 3:57:00 PM

From wildfires blazing across the West Coast of the United States to one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, this year is shaping up to be a busy one for Mother Nature. Disasters and emergencies can strike at any moment, and just as individuals are encouraged to prepare themselves and their families for potential hazards, so should businesses.

Read on to learn about handling disasters and emergencies in the workplace.

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