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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 controversial final rule that requires you to electronically submit your OSHA 300A information starts on December 15th, 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

How to fix employee benefits (ideas from the peanut gallery)

pea·nut gal·ler·y
ˈpēnət ˈɡal(ə)rē/
noun
a group of people who criticize something, often by focusing on insignificant details.
 

It’s easy to criticize from the sideline. And employee benefits provides a lot of fodder for complaints directed at HR folks.

Why do peanut gallery comments hurt so much? 

Peanut-gallery-style commentary isn’t just unpleasant to receive, but it’s also unhelpful.

As stated above, the peanut gallery is defined as people who focus on insignificant details. And this is what makes it so frustrating.

Topics: HR / Employee Benefits

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