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December 2013
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Top News

Getting Your Staff into the Giving Spirit
Has your company ever done a charitable event for the holidays or any time throughout the year? If not, you may want to consider putting together a food drive or similar event for a local charity. Not only does this help those in your community, but it also has a great affect on your staff and their feelings toward the work they do and those around them. Whether or not you are experienced in organizing such an event, we have some tips and reminders for you! Read more.

Staying Healthy during the Holiday Season
Do you have trouble avoiding those extra calories during the holidays? Everyone always seems to bring in tasty treats to share! We know how difficult it is to concentrate when one of your team members just filled up the office candy bowl, so we have some tips to help you stay focused on your health during this sweet season!
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Respecting Your Staff’s Personal Time
Scheduling time off during the holidays is no easy feat, especially when it can be the busiest season for many businesses. Managers can often easily slip into impossible-expectation mode and forget that their staff members need some time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. We know of a few scenarios when it gets easy to consider those hard workers of yours, and we offer some reminders and solutions for those difficult times.
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Being Compassionate and Giving at Work
Do you realize how much a smile or kind words can go a long way to make someone’s day bright? The holiday season often reminds us of having a giving and charitable attitude toward others, but showing compassion is a necessity all year long! Since it is easy to forget the small things that you can give to others, we have some thoughtful reminders on showing compassion at your workplace.
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November Jobs Report
The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November, with gains in several industries, including transportation and warehousing, health care, maufacturing, and temporary help services, among others. Read more.

Go Figure

  49% The number of U.S. employers who plan to hire seasonal workers and transition at least some to full-time permanent staff members, according to a September 2013 online survey by Harris Interactive and reported by CareerBuilder.com.  
Management Tip


Hold a holiday staff lunch or potluck for your team!
It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, but making just a little time to get together and bond is good for every team.



Management Matters

My Job is a Pain in the Neck – Literally
Do you ever walk by and see your staff members slouched over or rubbing their neck and shoulders to relieve tension? You may even have this problem as a busy manager. Taking care of yourself is very important at work, and making sure your employees know that you care about their well-being will be appreciated by them. Anita Clew offers some tips for dealing with this upper-body tension during the work day. Read more.

Safety Rules

The explosion of the Global Market has created a need for a uniform system that is universal and has led OSHA to update its Hazardous Communication Standard (HSC) requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals. Although many manufacturers have already updated their labels to comply with the new labeling requirement, it will become mandatory on June 1, 2015. On that date all labels will be required to contain a signal word, pictograms, the product identifier, hazard and precautionary statements, and supplier identification. Although these pieces are required, supplemental information can also be provided on the label as needed. All training for the affected personnel was to have been completed by December 1 of this year and, if not done, should be completed as soon as possible. For a sample label, please visit OSHA’s web page for the new standard.

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