Encouraging Summertime Safety

In the summer, there are a various dangers that aren’t around during the three other seasons of the year. Because of the extreme weather in many areas, most of these dangers are related to heat and/or insects. If you keep your employees well informed, you should be able to avoid many potential pitfalls. Here’s how to encourage summertime safety:

Wear Sunscreen.

If you have employees who are working or traveling between jobs outside, they need to be wearing sunscreen. The sun is the strongest in the summer and is out for much longer than other seasons. Remind your employees that the sun is the most dangerous from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. If they are working outdoors, encourage them to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher to avoid sunburns and skin cancer.

Be Mindful of Bugs.

More bugs are out during the summer as a result of the hot weather. Encourage your employees to take these summer insects into consideration when going about their normal duties. Some bugs are more dangerous than others, but many bugs can leave a harmful effect if they bite a human. For example, if your employees are walking through tall grass, they need to be careful of being bitten by a tick to avoid Lyme disease. In heavy mosquito areas, there is potential for West Nile virus.

Avoid Dehydration.

Dehydration is always deadly, but it has a particularly rapid onset during the summer. Often, people don’t realize how quickly they are becoming dehydrated because they’re losing so much water through sweat. Remind your employees to stay hydrated throughout the day, and encourage them to carry water bottles wherever they travel. Make it a point to inform your employees of the symptoms of dehydration and train them to contact you or another supervisor if they witness those signs.

Be Careful of Hot Objects.

The summer heat can create hot objects. Remind your employees to do a quick “touch” test of items before fully picking them up or putting their hands around them. Metal objects are especially susceptible to heat absorption.

Needing new employees for the summer? Contact Award Staffing. We can help you find employees who are trained in safety regulations and who will be receptive to hearing your feedback and suggestions about safety. We will also look for employees who will be a good fit for your company and have matching skillsets.

Requesting Time Off

At some point in your career, everyone needs time off beyond vacation and holiday. Whether you need to ask for an hour off for a doctor’s appointment, or a longer time period to deal with an unexpected chain of events, the underlying principles stay the same. Here’s how to ask for time off to increase your chances of receiving the request:

Detail Your Recent Accomplishments.

When you need to ask something of a supervisor, it’s best to precede your request with something that lets your supervisor view you in a positive light. Even if you have a good relationship with your supervisor, it doesn’t hurt to remind him or her that you’ve been doing well recently. This will make them more likely to grant your request.

Have a Detailed Plan of the Dates.

It’s best to not approach your supervisor until you have the exact dates and times you need off from work. Once you have this information and convey it, you will appear to be very organized and responsible. This will increase your chances of having your supervisor approve your time off.

Describe Replacement Assistance.

If you aren’t going to be at work, the responsible thing to do is to find someone who will step in so your workplace’s productivity doesn’t suffer. Before you talk to your supervisor, secure replacement assistance with one or more of your coworkers who are willing to help you. Describe the details of your replacement assistance to your supervisor when you ask for time off. This will allow your supervisor to make the decision based on whether or not you should be able to go, not whether or not the company will be short-staffed on that day.

Ask Permission.

Once you’ve presented all of the above information, you need to ask permission. AwardAsking permission shows your supervisor that you still respect him or her and will adhere to their ultimate decision. Your supervisor isn’t likely to say no unless there’s some huge scheduling conflict that would interfere with the company’s work output.

If you’re looking for a job that lets you take time off occasionally, contact Award Staffing. We can help you find a job that takes your personal obligations into account. We will work with you to make sure your new job is a great fit for both you and the company.

How to Help Your Employees Meet Their Full Potential

If you’re managing employees on a regular basis, you are aware if they are, or are not, meeting their full potential. Encouraging your employees to meet their full potential not only ensures that they will be happier, but also enhances workplace productivity and success. Here’s how to help your employees meet their full potential.

Assess Their Strengths.

The first way you can help your employees meet their full potential is to assess their strengths. You can do this by observing them while they’re working and seeing what comes naturally to them. You’ll find that some employees are better at quantitative tasks while others are better at qualitative tasks. Some employees are better at short-term execution, while others are better at long-term strategy. Once you have a baseline of their strengths, you can start to help them meet their full potential.

Ask What They Want to Do.

It’s important to ask your employees what they want to do and what potential they want to achieve. While a particular employee may be great at administrative work, he or she might have a passion for customer service. You will need to find the balance between what they like doing and what they’re good at to make your efforts fully successful.

Have Monthly Check-Ins.

Once you’ve established the goal or goals your employee should be striving for, make it a point to check in with him/her regularly. This will keep your employee accountable, and it will allow you to assign new goals or tasks for them to meet consistently.

Encourage Them to Strive For Greatness.

Above all, you need to encourage your employees to strive for greatness if they’re going to meet their full potential. This can be done by letting your employees know you believe in them and that you are rooting for their success. You will be surprised at how much people can accomplish when they even have one person believing in them.

If you’re looking for new employees to help reach their full potential, contact Award Staffing. We will be able to match you up with employees who have high personal and career-oriented goals who would also be a good fit for your company.

What Colors To Wear To Your Job Interview

Dressing appropriately for a job interview is important, but did you know that not only what you wear, but also the colors you choose can make a difference? Different colors convey different messages. Here are the top four colors you should wear to your job interview.

Navy Blue.

Navy blue is a great color to wear because it gives the impression that you’re genuine and trustworthy. Because of this, your interviewer is more likely to warm up to you quickly. This will likely give you a confidence boost, which will enhance your ability to think and speak clearly.

Black.

Black is a great color choice if you want to appear powerful and confident. Black is classically appropriate for any situation, so you won’t walk into your interview feeling as if you made the wrong wardrobe choice. If you’re interviewing for a position in which you will be managing other people or tasks, this could be a good option.

Grey.

Grey is another great color choice because it’s sophisticated and not distracting to your interviewer. It also gives the impression that you’re organized and neat, which is a great trait for any job. If you’re not sure who your interviewer is, grey is a great safe choice for you to pick.

White.

If you want to command attention in your interview, wear white. A classy color, which will draw attention to your face while giving you the benefit of standing out from other interviewers without being disrespectful or over-the-top.

Of course, you have to first snag the interview. Contact Award Staffing. We can help you search for a job that is well suited to your professional offerings and will help you grow in the career of your choice.