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Safety Tips for Distracted Driving

Each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash. Nearly every driver is guilty of some form of distracted driving, activities include things like talking on a mobile phone, texting, or eating. Using in-vehicle technologies (such as navigation systems) can also be sources of...

Safety During Severe Weather

Destructive, severe weather is a reality in our country, and particularly in the Midwest. April of each year marks the beginning of the severe weather season. While we cannot eliminate storms, we can take the time now to prepare and get all the facts on how to stay safe when severe weather occurs. During any severe storm, whether at home or work, you should take shelter as quickly as possible: Move to the lowest floor that you can safety gain access. (Note: This may be a basement area.) Stay away from windows, glass doors or other sheet glass (e....

The Cost of Disengaged Employees

Disengaged Employees
A Case Study 8:00 AM Jake is an employee at a technology company. When he arrives at work, he logs in, then heads off to the break room to grab a cup of coffee. He runs into a few co-workers on his way back and they catch up on fantasy football rankings and recently added shows on Netflix. 8:20 AM Jake returns to his desk and opens his first work order to begin entering client information. 8:25 AM Jake's cell phone vibrates. It’s one of his buddies inviting him to play an executive round of golf after work. He replies that he’s all-in,...

4 Steps to Protecting Company Data

Cyber Security
Corporate Cyber Security Ever wonder where sensitive information like performance reviews, attendance records, merit increases, and social security numbers are stored? There‘s a good chance it’s locked up in a human resource information system (HRIS), the crossroads where HR and IT connect. This software enables businesses to centralize virtually all of the data and records necessary to manage their employees. In today’s technology-savvy world, cyber security is a top concern for corporations as well as medical, financial, and government organizations. Every time the news reports another...

Health & Productivity at Work [Infographic]

Health & Productivity
The link between health and productivity gives employers the power to get more out of workers by helping them be as healthy as possible. A few ways to keep employees healthy include encouraging physical activity at work, supplying healthy snacks, and hosting company lunches with a caterer that can deliver healthy menu items. The social aspect of these practices can generate a positive impact as well. By providing snacks and lunches, hunger can be knocked out as a productivity-killing distraction. The following infographic was created by ZeroCater, and...

Safety Presentation | OSHA's Updates to the Temporary Workers' Initiative

OSHA Update
According to the American Staffing Association, there are almost 3,000,000 temporary workers in the nation’s workforce today – many doing hazardous construction or manufacturing work. In April of 2013, OSHA, having recognized the growth in the use of temporary labor, embarked on a new national initiative known as the TWI • The stated goal of the TWI program is to “to protect temporary workers in order to halt the rising toll of fatal injuries.” Two key concerns OSHA has identified regarding the safety of temporary workers are: Temporary workers are inadequately trained to...

The Misclassification of Independent Contractors: A Costly Mistake

The Misclassification of Independent Contractors: A Costly Mistake
In September of 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama, along with Senators Kerry and Kennedy, introduced the Employee Misclassification Prevention Act into Congress. This bill would have amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require employers to keep records of non-employees who perform labor or services. It would also have provided a special penalty for employers who misclassify employees as non-employees. Although this and similar bills did not pass during the last legislative session, new versions are very likely to be reintroduced in this new session. There is significant support...

A Guide to Employee Recognition [Infographic]

Every organization’s most valuable asset is unquestionably the same: its people. Motivating employees to do a great job is job No. 1 — but far easier said than done! The following infographic, “A Guide to Employee Recognition,” offers company leaders an easy-to-digest, visual overview of three critical aspects of building engagement and enhancing productivity: • Understanding the impact of recognition • Creating solid programs • Discovering creative ways to make the program a smashing success ...

Final FLSA Overtime Rules Published: Now What?

FLSA Overtime Header Doherty
Doherty and Owatonna Chamber hosted exclusive employer presentation On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Doherty | The Employment Experts and the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce co-orchestrated a presentation regarding the final published FLSA overtime rules. The event was held at Viracon in Owatonna, MN. Our guest speaker, Thomas R. Revnew, reviewed key regulations and facilitated a lively conversation with approximately 30 attendees, representing 20 local businesses/organizations. On May 18, 2016, the Obama administration announced the publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final...

Dr. Khan Presents | Understanding the Muslim Culture

Understanding Begins with Education This presentation was recorded on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016. On that date, Doherty hosted an educational seminar on Muslim culture and perspectives in the workplace. Orchestrated by Doherty Vice President, Gauher Mohammad (Mo), the purpose of the event was to provide insights on Muslim customs and today’s perceptions of the Islamic community. Since 1980, Doherty has operated in the Midwest as a staffing and recruiting agency, connecting qualified candidates with quality companies. In the last 35 years, Doherty’s personnel have seen numerous changes in...

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