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What 250 Executives Taught Us About the Future of Business

One year ago, we began a project to get unbiased and anonymous feedback from our clients about their opportunities for growth and what holds them back. 

250 CEOs, CFOs, HR Directors, and Safety Managers from 50 different companies responded to questions on the topics of Leadership, People, Brand, Risk & Employee Benefits. This is what they said.



Almost 80% of respondents stated that they were optimistic about the future of their company. There is a lot of opportunity out there for companies with the capabilities to act on it.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

10 Most Common OSHA Violations in 2017

OSHA recently released its 10 most frequently cited violations in 2017.

  1. Fall protection: 6,072 citations—Falls from ladders and roofs still account for the majority of injuries at work, and the first step in eliminating or reducing falls is to identify all hazards and decide how to best protect employees.
  2. Hazard communication: 4,176 citations—This standard governs hazard communication to employees about chemicals that are both produced or imported into the workplace. Most violations concern the failure to develop a written hazard training program or failure to provide a Safety Data Sheet for all workplace chemicals.
Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

New Tax Law Eliminates Tax Breaks for Several Fringe Benefits

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the new tax law signed into effect by President Trump in late December) impacts several employer/employee fringe benefits. Some of the law's most significant changes include:
  • eliminating tax breaks
  • creating a new tax credit for employers offering paid family and medical leave
  • repealing the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

That being said, the impact on the fringe benefit programs is less drastic that what was contained in earlier drafts of proposed tax bills that were being considered.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

Why Truck Insurance Costs Keep Going Up

Getting a big increase in your insurance rates is incredibly frustrating - especially if you've been performing well. And although there are ways to mitigate this effect by choosing a performance-driven financing option or investing more into your safety culture, we set out to figure out exactly what is causing this increase in truck insurance rates.

This is what we found:


In spite of the newest technologies and our best efforts, trucks are getting in 59% more accidents per mile than they were in 2010. Injuries from truck accidents are up 48% per mile driven, and fatalities are up 12%. 

Topics: Transportation

What is a strategy?

It's the most overused word in business. 

Everyone claims to have one, and every salesperson has one to sell you. Yet for every 100 'strategies' created, you'd be lucky to find a single one that has been executed all the way to the finish line. 

Strategy has lost its meaning. But it is more important than ever. In a world that tempts you with short-term fixes, it's the only thing that can guarantee long-term progress. 

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

Top 3 of 2017 (in case you missed it)

Top 3 Blogs of 2017
#1: 10 Things Truck Drivers Do That Get Them  Pulled Over  
A former state patrol sergeant shares the driving behaviors that "stood out" from the norm.
#2: Fully Insured vs Captive vs High Deductible: An Honest Comparison
The pros and cons of full insurance, captives, and high deductibles.
#3: Why Do Good Drivers Quit?
The real reasons your top drivers are quitting your company.

Top 3 Videos of 2017

#1: How To Turnaround Your Safety Performance
How to build a culture of accountability that quantifiably improves performance.
#2: Paper Transport's Story: Uncompromising Cult ure
Paper Transport's culture of safety has allowed them to take more ownership of their risk.
#3: Pleune's Story: 80% Fewer Injuries
By focusing on culture, Pleune reduced injuries by 80% and has sustained this performance for five consecutive years.

Compromising Truck Driver Hiring Standards

“We need drivers to fill our trucks.” 
“How are we going to continue to grow if we cannot find acceptable new drivers?” 
“What if we compromise our hiring standards for just one or two drivers to get us through the busy season?” 

These are thoughts that are on the minds of trucking company owners and executives. With the current driver shortage, it is very tempting to compromise on your companies driving standards (or even change them) in order to get warm bodies in the cabs and trucks on the road.  But what are the potential costs of this?

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

The Only Proven Way to Turnaround Your Safety Performance

It's difficult to get employees to change their behaviors.  We hear this from leaders all the time:

"My people just don't get it. We do trainings and have all these safety initiatives, but our people just don't change." 

It's hard. So we're going to share our secret on how we work with clients to make dramatic turnarounds in performance.

3 Requirements to Shift Culture

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Leadership / Strategy Manufacturing

The risks worth taking

There are many devastating things that could happen to your company. Technological obsolescence, nuclear war, a cheap Chinese alternative.

If you choose to fixate on them, these thoughts can consume your days and paralyze your company’s strategic initiatives.

On the other hand, there are also many other (much more fixable) things that are eroding the value of your company – things that you have the power to solve with relatively little effort.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

How to Submit your OSHA Logs Electronically

The deadline to submit your OSHA 300A information electronically is December 31st, 2017. For the first time ever, OSHA will have its teeth into some very compelling data about your organization's safety program. 

Who does this impact?

Establishments with 250 or more employees and establishments with 20-249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses will be required to submit the information off of the company’s 300A forms.

Topics: Construction Transportation Safety / Compliance Manufacturing