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Why do good drivers quit?

When drivers leave your company it's usually not due to your competitor offering better pay, benefits, or home time - it's usually due to something much deeper than that.

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

Can I pay Work Comp claims out of pocket?

Business owners are continuously looking for ways to reduce their insurance costs. Unfortunately, paying for work comp claims out of pocket (and often under the table) isn't only costly, risky, and illegal, but it could backfire in unexpected ways.

Experienced drivers pose a serious risk

With an industry-wide turnover rate of 100%, we often attribute crashes to our road rookies. But, what about our drivers who have been with us for the long haul? You may think "He's been around for over 20 years - just leave him be and let him drive." You're wrong.

Topics: Transportation Leadership / Strategy

My Summer as a Safety Superhero

As the end neared for my Junior year at Whitewater, I began my hunt for an internship. My online search offered endless opportunities for how I could spend my summer, but one position stood out from the rest - "HNI's Safety Superhero." I quickly began imagining my cape, what my super power would be, and if I was going to finally meet Batman or not. Simply put - I was hooked.

5 Risks Construction CEOs Ignore

Construction company executives have a lot to worry about. We find that CEOs leave a few key risks unchecked.

1. Being Unprepared for a Crisis

A crisis is any unpredictable event that threatens to harm an organization, its stakeholders, or the general public. 

What's the risk? The credibility and reputation of an organization is heavily influenced by how the company responds during a crisis. Failing to have an effective communication plan in place could be detrimental to your company's image in the community and create confusion amongst employees.

Topics: Construction Leadership / Strategy

Your next safety initiative will (probably) fail

It's unfortunate. But the reality is that many safety initiatives fail to make a meaningful difference in the behaviors and safety of employees.

Below we'll cover the 3 most common failures, as well as the 8 steps to making safety stick at your company.

The 3 most common failures of safety initiatives

Failure #1: Not Sharing Accountability

Although it's powerful when accountability comes from people of authority, it's far more impactful when it comes from your peers. Give your employees the power and ability to speak up about unsafe acts by having a see something, say something, do something mentality. 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

Fully Insured vs Captive vs High Deductible: An Honest Comparison

We hear it all the time from business owners: "We are paying too much for insurance. There's gotta be a better way." 

And our industry responds: "Have you heard about captives?"

Too often, insurance brokers confuse the financial instrument with the strategy. 

The reality is that these tools alone will not solve the problem of high insurance costs. To clear the air, though, we thought we'd share the pros and cons of 3 insurance products, each with different levels of risk ownership: full insurance, captives, and high deductibles.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

OSHA Inspection Survival Guide

An OSHA inspector arrives at your door, unannounced, and wants to conduct an inspection of your workplace. What do you do?

Topics: Safety / Compliance

The financial cost of poor employee benefits communication

Only 50% of employees understand their employee benefits1. And with the price of healthcare services varying by up to 1,000%2 depending on when and where you receive your care, poor communication is costing employers big bucks.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

5 takeaways from SHRM's 2017 benefits report

SHRM recently released their 2017 Employee Benefits Survey that examines the prevalence of benefits over the past five years. It tracks trends and helps employers understand the benefits landscape while also providing insight into what other companies are doing with their benefits program. We've pulled out the top statistics employers should pay attention to.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits