Workplace heat exposure is a serious risk that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states causes thousands of workers to get sick each year. Heat-related illnesses can even be fatal.
This doesn’t have to happen. Your company must help staff stay safe, even in the hottest summer heat, especially in high-risk positions like landscaping, commercial kitchens and construction.
Here are four key ways to ensure employees beat the heat:
Educate workers on risks
Summer is the prime time for heat related illnesses. According to OSHA, 2,630 workers became sick due to heat and 18 were killed due to heat stroke and related causes in 2014. Workers must take heat seriously. Staff should take time to acclimate to working in hot weather, especially at the start of the summer season. Those who are 65-and-older, workers doing intensive physical activity and staff members with high blood pressure are especially susceptible to heat-related health complications.
Offer plenty of water and rest breaks
Workers should drink cold water every 15 minutes when working in hot environments. They can be encouraged to bring their own cold water, but it often makes sense for employers to provide coolers and access to cold drinks on job sites. Employees should take a rest break in the shade as they drink water, as routine breaks from the heat are recommended.
Require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment
Workers who wear uniforms should be provided with clothing that is made of lightweight, breathable material. If workers wear their own clothes, encourage appropriate attire. Cooling vests and sunglasses with UV protection can help to prevent against heat-related problems.
Train workers to catch signs of heat-related illness
Workers must be trained to recognize problems in themselves and others. Heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all symptoms of heat-related illness. Heat rash consists of clusters of bumps that appear on the upper chest and neck. Heat cramps involve pain and muscle spasms on the legs or arms or in the abdomen. Heat exhaustion is characterized by headache, weakness, dizziness, a fast heart beat, vomiting, nausea and excessive sweat. Heat stroke, which is a serious emergency, could involve fainting and a very high body temperature.
It’s important to hire skilled workers who understand the dangers of excessive heat and follow safety protocols. The Reserves Network helps your company find knowledgeable, hard-working staff who know that safety is of utmost importance. Contact us today to find out more.
The Reserves Network, a leading staffing service for the office, industrial, professional and technical markets, has been selected as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces for 2017.
Presented by The Cleveland Plain Dealer through a partnership with WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, Top Workplaces recognizes leading employers in the Northeast Ohio marketplace.
Top Workplaces is a study conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent workplace consultant and research firm that oversees similar efforts for other major metropolitan newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Dallas Morning News.
The first list was published in 2010 with 75 companies named – that number doubled in size this year for the eighth anniversary.
Companies, nonprofits and government agencies were eligible to participate for this distinction if they employed at least 35 people in Northeast Ohio. WorkplaceDynamics then correlated and tested the results for accuracy and ranked all employers.
Winners were chosen solely on the opinions of the surveyed employees.
Recipients were divided into three categories based on their number of employees in Northeast Ohio. TRN was placed in the “small” workplace category (50-149 local employees). This year, TRN was named 67th Top Workplace out of 136 recipients. This is the sixth time TRN has been named to this list.
“Being a Top Workplace drives us to be ever more flexible and adaptable,” says CEO Neil Stallard. “It is certainly humbling to continue to receive this recognition – it’s a strong testament to the great staff we have and the effort they put forth each day.”
Click here for more information on Northeast Ohio’s 2017 Top Workplaces.
The Reserves Network’s Clearwater branch is hosting a job fair with CareerSource!
Join us Wednesday, June 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at:
2312 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33765
Some open positions include:
- Customer Service Associates
- Industrial Sewing Technician
- Accounts Payable/Bookkeeping
- Customer Support Solutions
- Energy Sales Telemarketing
- Welder TIG
- Inside Sales/Telemarketing
- French Bilingual Customer Support Center Representative
- CNC Machinist
- Took & Die Maker
We have positions at all skill levels and in all industries. If you are looking for any kind of work, stop by and meet our recruiting team!
For questions, concerns or more information, contact The Reserves Network at clearwater@TRNstaffing.com or (727)228-4010.
Creating a work environment where managers and peers respect each other is vital. Employees are happier and more motivated, and employee turnover is reduced, when the company culture is one of respect. The key components of an environment where all staff members treat each other with respect include:
Acceptance of differences:
Staff members come from different backgrounds and walks of life. People may have political differences, religious differences and different views on many other important issues. Instead of condemning or criticizing these variances, recognize that everyone has the right to their own beliefs. Diversity of opinion is valuable and should be celebrated.
All areas of communication, from tone of voice to body language, should demonstrate a willingness to hear what others are saying. Strong listening skills and the ability to communicate clearly are keys to developing an understanding of others, which is an essential building block of a respectful company culture.
Creation of an inclusive work environment:
Focus on diversity when assembling work teams and committees. Have employees with different perspectives work together so they can get to know each other and move beyond stereotyping.
Disagreements are inevitable but should be resolved in positive and proactive ways. Address conflicts head-on, ensuring each party can share their opinions and beliefs. Foster compromise and look for solutions in which everyone comes out happy with the outcome of the disagreement.
Eliminating office gossip and other negative interactions:
Complaining about work, gossiping about co-workers or unpleasant office politics can undermine the ability of co-workers to form respectful relations and can create a toxic corporate culture.
Take a broad perspective:
When conflicts arise or when there is an issue that requires sensitive communication, consider the long-term impact of the actions taken. How will decisions affect relationships in a month, a year or five years? Respect is built over time, with each interaction providing another step forward in the creation of strong positive relationships.
Hiring the right staff is essential to creating a respectful company culture. Contact The Reserves Network to learn how our staffing service can help your company hire valuable team members who are committed to bringing respectful attitudes into the workplace.
Young workers bring enthusiasm to their first jobs, along with in-demand skills. If your company is hiring, consider new graduates who are just joining the workforce. Key reasons to hire new graduates include:
Social media savvy.
Around 80 percent of Gen Z uses social media daily. New grads know how to use social networks to connect and can help your company harness the power of these networks. Grow awareness of your brand and reach potential new customers by tapping into the social networking knowledge of your new hire.
An entrepreneurial spirit.
Many in Gen Z are ambitious and eager to make a difference in the world. Seventy-two percent of high school students said they hoped to start a business someday. Young people are self-motivated bursting with ideas and have go-getter attitudes. New grads bring this enthusiasm and spirit of innovation to your company.
A passion for interesting work.
Only 28 percent of Gen Z said money was their primary motivator for how hard they’d work for an employer, compared with 42 percent in Gen Y who are primarily motivated by money. Young new grads want interesting work they care about. Companies can attract passionate young people by highlighting their community involvement or the mission behind company goals.
Building stronger teams through intergenerational collaboration.
New grads are part of a different generation than older workers. They’ve been raised in a more-connected world with technologies that did not exist in the past and have different worldviews because of it. Young grads bring new ideas and new skills to the table. They can learn from their older counterparts while sharing what they know. The divergent worldviews will force team members to find ways to work together and embrace differences, which will lead to stronger teams and more effective collaboration.
The Reserves Network helps companies find bright and driven new hires who are ready to get to work. Let us match your business with new graduates who will make valuable contributions to your organization. Contact our team today to find out how we can help.
Introverts may have a harder time acing interviews when talking with strangers is outside their comfort zone. A great interview is vital to getting hired — failing to overcome shyness or a reluctance to sell yourself hurts your chances. Follow these guidelines to improve the likelihood on landing the job.
Go to an interview well-prepared.
Rehearsing interview questions and learning about the company gives you confidence to excel in an interview, even if you’re naturally nervous or shy. The more you learn and the more prep you do, the more comfortable you’ll feel and the more impressive a candidate you’ll be.
Create your elevator pitch.
Determine what you want to say to sell yourself. Create a succinct pitch so you don’t ramble or get nervous when asked about your qualifications. Not only is this helpful for interviews, it will also make networking easier—something else introverts often have issues with.
Practice bragging about your accomplishments.
Talking yourself up is uncomfortable. Practice touting your accomplishments so you get used to it. Introduce discussions about career successes and projects you’re excited about when talking to friends and family so you grow more accustomed to talking about what you can do.
Record yourself rehearsing answers to interview questions and get yourself and watch the way you respond. Pay attention to the volume of your voice, whether you’re making eye contact and whether your answers sound clear and concise. Tweak the things you don’t like. You’ll perfect your interview skills and grow more confident.
Get help from supportive friends and family.
Ask your loved ones to practice interviewing with you. The more you talk about yourself and answer common interview questions, the less nervous you will be. Ideally, your friends and family will give helpful feedback, too.
Relax and visualize success.
Come to your interview early after a good night’s rest. Visualize yourself being successful in the interview so you won’t be as worried about how you’ll perform. Think about how the interview can advance your career instead of letting your nerves get the best of you.
The Reserves Network helps introverts and extroverts alike land interviews with top companies. Contact our team of experts today to find out about how our staffing professionals can help you acquire opportunities where you’ll excel.