The Art of the Unshakable

In many of today’s movies, the admirable, main character always has a calm and calculated reaction to whatever disaster that’s going on, and they seem to always have a solution to whatever the problem is.  This trait is one of the many that we admire in that many of us secretly wish we could always appear to be unshakable and have the answers (or at least a way to get the answers). Unfortunately, in the real world even our scripted (planned out) work and schedules are consistently affected by the unpredictable. (more…)

Nuts-and-Bolts: Employment and Labor Law Posters

Ahhh Labor Law Posters. The multitude of documents, posters, and other random bits of legislation that organizations are required to post in their place of employment that often takes up one or more bulletin boards in your company’s break room or general meeting space. While the majority of us hang the postings typically without question, which makes you wonder, what is the importance of labor law posters?

Why post? Labor law posters are intended to inform your employees of their employment and labor rights and provide them a better understanding of these rights and what is expected of them.

Who posts? Any employer with at least 1 employee is required by law to post the mandatory Federal, State, and OSHA posters in their workplace.

What to post? Posting requirements typically include physical Federal, State, and OSHA posters, though additional postings may be required depending on industry requirements.

Where to post? Posters must be hung and displayed in a common place (break room, employee lounge, conference room, etc.) where employees and applicants can see them (this is required for Federal laws such as Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)).

When to post? It is recommended as a best practice that posters be hung on the posting effective date (not before) to ensure compliance with the applicable Federal, State, or other employment or labor laws.

Having the correct labor and employment law posters in your establishment can save your organization hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the event of an audit by an enforcing agency. It is far better to be safe than sorry. Contact HRCentral today if you have any questions about reporting requirements or to get your 2016 combined Federal, State, and OSHA posters ordered for your organization!

Common Barriers to Effective Communication

Effective Communication in the workplace is a vital part of running a successful business. Communication issues between management and employees, amongst coworkers, between employees and clients or customers, and communication issues when working in a group setting can create conflict that can lead to a loss of productivity and a severe drop in morale. Take a look at the following barriers to communication and keep these barriers and solutions in mind when interacting with your employees and colleagues: (more…)