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  • HR Audio Presentations:
    Your supervisors play an important role in preventing workplace violence, recognizing potential threats, defusing violent situations, and training employees to follow proper security procedures. The purpose of this training session is to provide them with the tools they need to do this important job, as well as heighten their awareness of this serious and pervasive problem. Use this Violence in the Workplace--How to Prevent and Defuse for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • The costs of water use and waste are climbing, but you can make a measurable difference by taking simple water-saving steps at work and at home. Use this PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on Water Conservation.
  • Workers need to understand what identity theft is, how it could affect them, how to detect it, what to do if their identity is stolen, and, above all, how to prevent identity theft. Use this What You Need to Know About Identity Theft audio presentation to train your workers on privacy.
  • The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) promotes collective bargaining between labor and management, and assures workers the right to organize and join a union without fear of reprisal. Despite this federal law protecting workers' union rights, there are still many effective and perfectly legal steps you can take to keep unions out of your workplace. Use this Strategies for Legally Avoiding Unions audio presentation to train your workers on unions.
  • The use of paper in offices for printing, copying, and other uses costs organizations money, consumes valuable natural resources, and pollutes the environment. These environmental and economic costs can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to reduce the amount of paper used in the workplace. Use this audio presentation, The Paperless Office: Conservation for Employees, to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • The purpose of this training session is to prepare employees who work in hot conditions to recognize the hazards and take effective precautions to prevent heat stress on the job. Use these Working in Hot Conditions speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Weight management is a problem for many Americans—both adults and children. A significant percent of the population is overweight. People who are overweight are more likely to develop health problems, including serious diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Use this Successful Weight Management audio presentation to train your workers on wellness.
  • There are only so many hours in a day, and unless your supervisors use them wisely, they will never achieve the important goals you have set for them. Supervisors who can’t manage their time efficiently generally don’t live up to expectations and often fail to accomplish critical responsibilities. Use this Time Management for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • Teams can be used for everything from handling projects to solving problems to dealing with ongoing tasks. Properly conceived and supervised, teams can boost productivity, improve quality, increase motivation and job satisfaction among employees, create more flexible operations, and enhance creativity. Use this Teambuilding for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • This training session will examine the scope and cost of substance abuse and discuss the role of your supervisors in helping to manage this difficult and complex problem in a way that both helps employees in need and protects co-workers and the organization from the negative impact of substance abuse. Use this Substance Abuse in the Workplace--What Supervisors Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on alcohol and drugs.
  • It is in the best interest of every company to know how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Supervisors and managers must understand what they can do not only to help employees who need to file claims, but also how to prevent injuries and illnesses in the first place—to manage rising insurance premiums and lost work time. Use this Workers' Compensation--What Supervisors Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on workers' compensation.
  • Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult and important steps you can take. It should never be taken lightly because its repercussions go beyond the employee. Use this Terminating Employees--The Process audio presentation to train your workers on termination (with discharge).
  • Teams can be used for everything from handling projects to solving problems to dealing with ongoing tasks. Properly conceived and supervised, teams can boost productivity, improve quality, increase motivation and job satisfaction among employees, create more flexible operations, and enhance creativity. Use this Teambuilding for All Employees audio presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • On the job, the negative fallout of substance abuse includes a steady deterioration of work performance, unreliability, recklessness that can jeopardize the safety of co-workers, the integrity of company products and services, and the company’s reputation. Use this Substance Abuse in the Workplace--What Employees Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on alcohol and drugs.
  • HR experts and labor and employment attorneys agree that businesses— regardless of their industry or size—should be concerned about the ethical conduct of their supervisors and employees. Use this Workplace Ethics for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on ethics.
  • Harassment is unwelcome behavior directed at a person or group because of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or sex. Harassment in the workplace is illegal. Use this Workplace Harassment--What Supervisors Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on civil rights.
  • Although a certain amount of turnover is to be expected and is even desirable, high levels of turnover can undermine the success of your organization. Use this Reducing Turnover and Increasing Retention audio presentation to train your workers on turnover.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) requires covered employers to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. Use this Recordkeeping--Injury and Illness audio presentation to train your workers on records.
  • Your supervisors must understand the issues, know the requirements of workplace policies that affect employee privacy, and take proper steps to assist the organization in communicating and enforcing policies. Use this Workplace Privacy--What Supervisors Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on privacy.
  • A skilled workforce is essential to the success of any organization. Careful evaluation or assessment of job performance is an important part of developing this workforce. This session aims to develop a cadre of supervisors who can properly measure job performance and use data to build a stronger organization. Use this Measuring Job Performance--What Supervisors Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • The bottom line is that all employees need to know the dangers of sexual harassment—they must know how to recognize the various types of sexual harassment, what to do if they are a witness to or a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, and know their role in preventing it from becoming a problem in your organization. Use this Sexual Harassment -- What Employees Need to Know (Spanish) audio presentation to train your workers on sexual harassment.
  • Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees (Spanish) audio presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • When discipline is required, it should be focused on the primary goals of rehabilitating the employee and preserving the employment relationship rather than focusing on punishment. Progressive discipline provides an excellent way to achieve both those goals in most situations. Use this Progressive Discipline audio presentation to train your workers on discipline.
  • Your employees need to be able to recognize potential threats, know how to defuse violent situations, and follow proper security procedures to prevent workplace violence. The purpose of this training session is to provide them with the tools they need to do this, as well as heighten their awareness of this serious and pervasive workplace problem. Use this Preventing Workplace Violence: What Employees Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries. These accidents are costly in both human and financial terms. Use this Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls: A Guide for Employees audio presentation to train your workers on accidents.
  • The purpose of this training session is to help prepare for the occurrence of a weather emergency or other natural disaster. It will discuss the hazards and dangers associated with tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, thunderstorms, etc. It will discuss how your company has prepared to respond to weather emergencies and natural disasters as well as how each employee should prepare homes and families. Use this Preparing for Weather Emergencies audio presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • Harassment on the job is a real and serious problem. It shows up in workplaces large and small in all states—North and South, East and West, and everywhere in between. Use this Workplace Harassment--What Employees Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on civil rights.
  • Solving problems is part of every employee’s job. Learning to identify problems and develop effective solutions is one of the biggest challenges most employees—especially new ones—must meet. Use this Problem Solving for Employees audio presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • The human body functions on a programmed time clock that’s set for daytime activity and nighttime sleep. So when employees work on some other schedule, it can have an impact on their health and safety. Because of these effects, your shiftworkers must be trained to recognize the hazards of shiftwork and to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe on the job. Use this Shift Work Safety audio presentation to train your workers on shift operation.
  • For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use this Saving Energy at Work audio presentation to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • Learning to identify problems and develop effective solutions is one of the biggest challenges your supervisors face. At the same time, the skill with which your supervisors deal with problems on the job has a direct impact on their effectiveness and on your bottom line. Use this Problem-Solving for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • This training program is a guide to compliance with the recordkeeping and notice requirements of key federal laws. It will help managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals understand their responsibilities and verify that the organization is complying in full with federal law. Use this Recordkeeping and Notice Requirements audio presentation to train your workers on records.
  • Perhaps the greatest single office hazard is that most office workers don’t think of offices as hazardous workplaces and consequently don’t take office safety seriously. You must create a greater awareness of office hazards and emphasize the precautions your office workers need to take to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. Use this Office Hazards audio presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • As part of their job, some employees may need to negotiate with customers, suppliers, or others outside the organization. Good negotiation skills are therefore an essential skill that every employee should have. Use this Negotiation Skills for All Employees audio presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • Negotiation is something your supervisors must use all the time on the job. That being the case, good negotiation skills are a very important part of any supervisor’s training and development. Use this Negotiation Skills for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • New supervisors often have the technical knowledge to perform their new job. And they may have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. But they usually don’t have much experience supervising others, and they often lack the skills and knowledge to achieve goals and objectives. Use this New Supervisors’ Guide to Effective Supervision audio presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • Training in basic business writing skills is essential because so many of your supervisors’ and managers’ job functions involve written communication. Their success in the job depends on being able to produce well-written documents. Use this Business Writing for Supervisors and Managers audio presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • Effective communication is the foundation of positive and cooperative working relationships. It is essential for your supervisors to be able to communicate effectively, and particularly with their employees, colleagues, and upper management. Use this Effective Communication for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • Employees who smoke are much more likely to get cancer or heart disease and die prematurely. By providing smoking cessation training, you are also helping your employees comply with smoke-free environment laws as well as your organization’s smoke-free workplace policy. Use this Hazards of Smoking--How to Quit audio presentation to train your workers on smoking.
  • No matter what age employees are now, or what shape they’re currently in, they can make improvements that will extend and improve their lives. With the proper training and information, your employees can make healthy aging choices. Use this Healthy Aging audio presentation to train your workers on wellness.
  • Setting objective performance goals helps you evaluate employee performance in a fair and objective way for all employees, whether they belong to a union or not. Use this Performance Goals--How Goals Help Supervisors Manage Employees More Effectively audio presentation to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • The impressions a new employee forms in the first few days on the job can have a big impact on that person’s job performance and satisfaction. New employees are anxious to learn their way around and find out about their rights and responsibilities. They also want to feel that their supervisors are ready and willing to help them succeed. Use this New Employee Orientation---'How To' for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on orientation.
  • In order for your company to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, each supervisor should fully understand their responsibilities and the responsibilities of the employer. Use this Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on healthcare insurance.
  • Job descriptions are important to your organization for a number of reasons. Every supervisor needs to receive this important training to be able to write clear, concise, and effective job descriptions. Use this Job Descriptions--How to Write Them Effectively audio presentation to train your workers on job descriptions.
  • According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention audio presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • If some or all of your employees are union members, your supervisors need to understand the terms of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which governs union-management relations. They also need to understand the rules governing their interaction with employees protected by a union contract. Use this NLRA and Unions--What Supervisors Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on unions.
  • Despite reports that the number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) has declined in recent years because of widespread awareness and implementation of effective preventive measures, ergonomics remains a big and important workplace safety and health issue. Use this Office Ergonomics audio presentation to train your workers on ergonomics.
  • Companies like yours have to be concerned about theft of equipment, inventory, trade secrets, computer information, and money. You also have to take steps to prevent other security risks such as arson, vandalism, and workplace violence. Use this Workplace Security for Employees audio presentation to train your workers on security.
  • This session is designed to explain what it means to be an effective leader and provide your first-time supervisors and managers with the information they need to develop first-class leadership skills. Use this Leadership Skills--What New Supervisors and Managers Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • Frontline responsibility for compliance with the FMLA often rests with supervisors and managers. Therefore, they need to be trained to recognize whether an employee’s absence—including leaving early, coming in late, or not coming in at all—is covered under the FMLA provisions. Use this FMLA--What Supervisors Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on leave of absence (FMLA).
  • This session will train you to identify bloodborne pathogens, or BBPs, that might be present in the workplace; understand how certain diseases are transmitted through blood; determine your risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace; protect yourself from exposure through prevention and by following certain procedures if you are exposed; respond appropriately if you are exposed to bloodborne pathogens; and understand your right to medical evaluations. Use this Bloodborne Pathogens--General (Spanish) audio presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention (Spanish) audio presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • Safety orientation training is crucial for all new employees, not only for their own safety but also for that of co-workers. Use this New Employee Safety Orientation audio presentation to train your workers on orientation.
  • All employees should understand potential mold hazards both in the workplace and at home. They should also know how to detect mold, where to look for it, how to clean it up, and how to prevent it from growing. Use this Mold Hazards and Prevention audio presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • A motivated workforce is essential to the success of any organization. However, motivation is sometimes assumed to arise from within individuals, without influence from others on the job. Supervisors who can motivate employees are of great value to any organization; this session aims to develop such supervisors. Use this Motivating Employees--Tips and Tactics for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • Flu pandemics can have a devastating effect on the world, our nation, your organization, and your employees. That makes flu pandemic awareness training essential. Use this Pandemic Flu--How to Prevent and Respond audio presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Many supervisors dread performance appraisals because they don’t like to judge their employees and because they worry about handling negative reactions. They will be more comfortable and effective when they understand how your performance appraisal process helps the organization, supervisors, and employees achieve their goals. Use this Performance Appraisals--How to Conduct Effectively audio presentation to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • Organizing and planning are two of the most important things employees can do to be more efficient and more successful in their jobs. Simply by organizing themselves, their work, their time, and their workstations, they can improve job performance and achieve career goals.
  • When an OSHA inspector walks through your front door, your management needs to be prepared to respond effectively and work successfully with the inspector throughout the inspection and post-inspection process. This means they need to understand the steps in the inspection process as well as how the organization needs to respond to violations of OSHA standards, citations, and penalties. Use this OSHA Inspections, Citations, and Penalties audio presentation to train your workers on OSHA.
  • HR Calculators:
    "Compensation mix" is defined as all the components that make up total compensation expressed as a percentage of total compensation. Looking at the mix of compensation helps managers understand what drives total compensation including fixed costs such as salary versus variable costs such as overtime and benefits. Understanding the components can help managers develop strategies for reducing costs.
  • HR Guidance:
    This guidance includes information regarding the 2015 FMLA regulations and is excerpted from BLR’s Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide. To access additional chapters, visit the FMLA Resources Center.
  • This guidance includes information regarding the 2015 FMLA regulations and is excerpted from BLR’s Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide. To access additional chapters, visit the FMLA Resources Center.
  • This guidance includes information regarding the 2015 FMLA regulations and is excerpted from BLR’s Family and Medical Leave Act Compliance Guide. To access additional chapters, visit the FMLA Resources Center.
  • HR Handouts:
    The bottom line is that all employees need to know the dangers of sexual harassment—they must know how to recognize the various types of sexual harassment, what to do if they are a witness to or a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, and know their role in preventing it from becoming a problem in your organization. Use this Sexual Harassment -- What Employees Need to Know trainee handout to train your workers on sexual harassment.
  • HR News:
    Use of tablets is skyrocketing, with more than a billion people expected to use them in 2015. Are there risks associated with these handy digital devices? Yes, according to a recently published article in the journal Ergonomics. Here are seven tips to eliminate discomfort and prevent ergonomic risks.
  • Courts do not simply believe employees' allegations that adverse employment actions were the result of discrimination or retaliation. Rather, they require employees alleging discrimination or retaliation to present proof of "causation." The 10th Circuit recently found an employee's causation lacking when he tried to prove a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Lunch-and-learns are used by some employers as an effective way to provide development opportunities for workers without cutting into work time. However, managers and human resources staff need to be aware of the circumstances that will impact whether employees must be compensated for that time.
  • Readers are familiar with the "whistleblower" retaliation cases that we report on from time to time. So, what are the claims available to a successful ex-employee? A recent case from the federal trial court in Gulfport, Mississippi highlights one that isn't available.
  • According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, midwest workers and senior-level employees are more likely to participate in March Madness basketball pools at work. It also shows that workers share the strangest betting pools witnessed at their office
  • by Tammy Binford
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Young v. United Parcel Service means employers need to think twice before treating pregnant employees under job restrictions differently than they treat nonpregnant employees who are similarly unable to perform their jobs temporarily.
  • In a surprise decision yesterday, Judge Reed O’Connor, from the U.S. District Court in Texas, temporarily blocked the new rule defining “spouse” for purposes of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The new rule, which defines FMLA-covered spouses according to the law of the state in which individuals were married, was scheduled to take effect today.
  • By Emily Clark, BLR Safety Editor
    If you’re an HR professional, you need to keep apprised of the latest regulatory developments and trends in a number of areas. But with all you have to keep track of, does workplace safety sometimes slip through the cracks? If so, keep reading for the essential highlights of the latest OSHA enforcement trends, regulatory developments, and more key information you need to know about workplace safety in 2015.
  • A new CareerBuilder study identifies the hottest occupations and cities for temporary employment.
  • In a long-awaited decision, the United States Supreme Court rejected interpretations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) offered by both parties and the EEOC in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently held that a class of delivery drivers and their helpers would be allowed to continue their class action lawsuit seeking overtime wages and other damages. The drivers alleged that based on their full-time work arrangements, they were really employees, not independent contractors. This case presents a good review of the so-called economic realities test used by courts and enforcement agencies to determine whether an employment relationship exists.
  • All too often, managers and employees make insensitive stereotypical remarks that not only are totally inappropriate and hurtful but also lead to discrimination lawsuits. A recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia emphasizes the legal problems that can arise when supervisors make insensitive comments about ethnicity and religion.
  • The average bonus paid in New York City’s security industry rose by 2 percent to $172,860 in 2014, according to a press release by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Even though the industry was slightly less profitable in 2014, it added 2,300 jobs in New York City, the first year the industry has added jobs since 2011.
  • It's no secret that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides leave benefits only for employees who fit the strict eligibility requirements set forth in the statute. Recently, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that an employer may not be able to escape liability to ineligible employees under the FMLA if it has led them to believe they were entitled to the Act's protection.
  • By Dave Rietsema, HR Payroll Systems
    Overtime is something that all companies must effectively manage in order to keep profits and labor costs consistent. A human resources information system (HRIS) can help make it much easier for managers to accurately track and utilize overtime for the greatest benefit.
  • Should performance measurement systems be evaluated to ensure that they do not discriminate against members of protected groups? Proposed Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations suggest that this is a question for contractors to consider.
  • A New Jersey federal court recently denied an employer's motion to dismiss an employee's discrimination and wrongful discharge claims because he met the minimum pleading requirements.
  • A resident-employee at San Quentin fell on the stairs outside his state-owned rental unit. He collected workers' compensation benefits for his injury but also sued the state for damages. The trial court dismissed the employee's and the court of appeal found the dismissal improper because there was a question about whether the employee's injury arose out of and in the course of his employment.
  • Generally, emotional distress claims are very difficult to win, and they often do not survive the early stages of litigation. A recent decision by a magistrate judge in Harrisonburg, Virginia emphasizes the need for employers to take steps to prevent emotional distress claims by terminated employees.
  • The United States Supreme Court is currently reviewing yet another challenge to healthcare insurance reform (also known as the Affordable Care Act or ACA). So what ACA provision is the Court reviewing this term?
  • All the excitement over the NCAA basketball tournaments (and accompanying pools) may have taken over the “water cooler” talk in your company. But pay equity probably hasn’t come up in the discussions.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed mental health, reward statements, and benefits. Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • How do you calculate FMLA hours for employees such as fire personnel who work a 24-hour on-shift and a 48-hour off-shift and for police officers who work a 10-hour or 12-hour shift?
  • Employers frequently call with concerns about employees who self- disclose an alleged disabling condition that isn't readily apparent and claim substantial limitations as a result. The employers' concerns center on when their duty to accommodate kicks in. If the employee fails to produce actual medical evidence of a disability, the employer may be relieved of any obligation to accommodate the unsubstantiated condition.
  • Here are five tips to help increase engagement and the effectiveness of training.
  • A prison guard faces a lawsuit and possible personal liability after he revealed to inmates that another inmate was a snitch. The officer's claim for qualified immunity fell on deaf ears.
  • In a recent decision, the Rhode Island Supreme Court considered a trial court judge's evidentiary rulings and jury instructions after a jury returned a verdict in favor of the employer in an age discrimination lawsuit. The decision addressed an important—but perhaps little known—detail in Rhode Island's personnel records law regarding what must be included in personnel records for an employee's inspection.
  • Join Bill Gage, an award-winning law enforcement professional, on March 27, as he presents an all-new webinar "Active Assailants in the Workplace: 5 Ways to Increase Employees' Chance of Survival". Ahead of this timely event, Gage took time to provide his expert insights on many commonly asked questions about workplace safety and security.
  • By Arielle B. Sepulveda
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all covered employers to keep routine records of employee injuries and illnesses. However, certain employers are partially exempt from the record-keeping requirement, which means they don't need to keep injury and illness records unless they're asked to do so in writing by OSHA, the BLS, or a state agency operating under the authority of either federal agency.
  • By Emil Shour
    The media coverage and news about Millennials is everywhere. The word “Millennials” is a bit of a buzzword at the moment, with writers constantly redefining and characterizing this group. When you consider that 75 percent of the workforce will be made up of Millennials by the year 2025, it’s no wonder that this generation of young adults is receiving a lot of attention.
  • According to the 2015 Accounting, Finance, and IT Hiring Forecast, companies are reporting an increased number of open accounting, finance, and IT positions. Moreover, they are planning to fill the open roles as quickly as possible—indicating increases in business activity and overall strength in the labor market.
  • By Cara Parker
    Ever served on a team and thought, “this is the most dysfunctional group of people, I’ve ever been in a room with?” (No, I’m not talking about your family!) I’m talking about teams that just can’t seem to get it together.
  • Managers and employees don't necessarily see eye to eye when it comes to what employees want at work, according to research from Accountemps.
  • A Pennsylvania federal court recently ruled that an employer may be liable for terminating an employee with mental health problems under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), even if the employee communicates homicidal ideations to his supervisor.
  • By Missy Jaeger, VP of Client Success at Keas
    We know that unhealthy habits in the workforce have a profound financial impact on businesses. But in addition to the financial costs, companies take a productivity hit when workforces are plagued with poor health. This fact gives employers a stake in promoting employee health, but many are unsure of how to go about it or even whether they have the standing to drive change.
  • Depending on a company's background check procedures, most misrepresentations on job applications are discovered fairly early in the employment relationship. Sometimes, however, those misrepresentations go unnoticed until the employee has been terminated for other reasons and brings a subsequent lawsuit. Those were the circumstances in a recent race discrimination case before the federal trial court in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently dismissed an employee's race and religious discrimination claims because the record indicated that he was treated similarly to other employees and there was no other evidence of a discriminatory motive.
  • The Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits discrimination against employees and job applicants based on a number of factors, including disability. Sometimes, a protected employee may resign voluntarily but claim he was forced to quit because of discriminatory actions by the employer. This type of claim is called "constructive discharge."
  • By Elaine Varelas, Keystone Partners
    Professional development is not just a seminar—it’s a different approach to work. It requires identifying your learning gaps and taking the steps to fill them. Here are some questions to ask yourself that may prompt your learning.
  • North American employees report two-thirds of managers fail to actively engage in their career development, according to a poll by Right Management, the global career experts within ManpowerGroup.
  • Knowing when to compensate employees for callbacks and reporting to work can be tricky. When to pay, and not to pay, nonexempt employees for these various issues depends on a variety of factors. We will review the basics and provide you with a few takeaway tips.
  • More organizations are looking to retain some of the interpersonal advances they made during the recession, such as higher levels of trust and better teamwork.
  • In this tort (personal injury) case applicable to employment claims, the court of appeal found that the trial court erred not only when it disclosed to the jury and the alternate jury pool that the employee was an undocumented immigrant but also when it denied his motion for a mistrial.
  • The United States Constitution generally prohibits unlawful actions by government actors against individuals. Normally, a private entity will not face civil liability for alleged constitutional violations unless it is found to be a "state actor." In a recent case, the 2nd Circuit Court has ruled that volunteer services can have "state actor" status.
  • An employer fired an employee for making negative comments about the company in an e-mail exchange with another employee. In addition to losing its challenge to the employee's claim for unemployment benefits, the employer discovered that its handbook needs an overhaul.
  • When attempting to manage performance issues, employers often face the difficult situation of dealing with an employee who claims discrimination based on a protected characteristic. What happens if the employee is the only female in a male-dominated industry? In a recent case, the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals held that statistical evidence alone doesn't establish sufficient evidence of discrimination.
  • By Mike Tierney, COO of SpectorSoft
    Companies and employees in various industries, including the medical, mobile wireless provider and financial industries, as well as consumers of their goods and services, have all fallen victim to insider threats. Although monetary gain is a possible motive for these threats, it is not the only reason employees go rogue.
  • Effective March 27, 2015, the DOL final rule, revising the definition of “spouse” under the FMLA, was to take effect. The final rule came in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, which found Section 3 of DOMA to be unconstitutional.
  • This week, the HR Daily Advisor discussed ACA, performance appraisals, and benefits. Here’s the HR Daily Advisor week in review.
  • HR Policies:
    This sample HR Emergencies policy, “Disaster/Emergency Evacuation Leave,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing health & safety issues in the workplace. Download this Disaster/Emergency Evacuation Leave sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • This sample HR Emergencies policy, “Volunteer Emergency Services,” can be used in an employee handbook or as a standalone policy addressing health & safety issues in the workplace. Download this Volunteer Emergency Services sample policy to your computer or print it out.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    The costs of water use and waste are climbing, but you can make a measurable difference by taking simple water-saving steps at work and at home. Use this PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on Water Conservation.
  • Your supervisors play an important role in preventing workplace violence, recognizing potential threats, defusing violent situations, and training employees to follow proper security procedures. The purpose of this training session is to provide them with the tools they need to do this important job, as well as heighten their awareness of this serious and pervasive problem. Use this Violence in the Workplace--How to Prevent and Defuse for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • Workers need to understand what identity theft is, how it could affect them, how to detect it, what to do if their identity is stolen, and, above all, how to prevent identity theft. Use this What You Need to Know About Identity Theft PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on privacy.
  • More and more employers today are realizing the value of wellness programs and employee training to help employees live healthier lives. Use this Wellness and You PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on wellness.
  • There are only so many hours in a day, and unless your supervisors use them wisely, they will never achieve the important goals you have set for them. Supervisors who can’t manage their time efficiently generally don’t live up to expectations and often fail to accomplish critical responsibilities. Use this Time Management for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • Weight management is a problem for many Americans—both adults and children. A significant percent of the population is overweight. People who are overweight are more likely to develop health problems, including serious diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Use this Successful Weight Management PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on wellness.
  • The use of paper in offices for printing, copying, and other uses costs organizations money, consumes valuable natural resources, and pollutes the environment. These environmental and economic costs can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to reduce the amount of paper used in the workplace. Use this PowerPoint presentation, The Paperless Office: Conservation for Employees, to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • This training session will examine the scope and cost of substance abuse and discuss the role of your supervisors in helping to manage this difficult and complex problem in a way that both helps employees in need and protects co-workers and the organization from the negative impact of substance abuse. Use this Substance Abuse in the Workplace--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on alcohol and drugs.
  • Teams can be used for everything from handling projects to solving problems to dealing with ongoing tasks. Properly conceived and supervised, teams can boost productivity, improve quality, increase motivation and job satisfaction among employees, create more flexible operations, and enhance creativity. Use this Teambuilding for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • It is in the best interest of every company to know how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Supervisors and managers must understand what they can do not only to help employees who need to file claims, but also how to prevent injuries and illnesses in the first place—to manage rising insurance premiums and lost work time. Use this Workers' Compensation--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on workers' compensation.
  • Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult and important steps you can take. It should never be taken lightly because its repercussions go beyond the employee. Use this Terminating Employees--The Process PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on termination (with discharge).
  • Teams can be used for everything from handling projects to solving problems to dealing with ongoing tasks. Properly conceived and supervised, teams can boost productivity, improve quality, increase motivation and job satisfaction among employees, create more flexible operations, and enhance creativity. Use this Teambuilding for All Employees PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • The purpose of this training session is to prepare employees who work in hot conditions to recognize the hazards and take effective precautions to prevent heat stress on the job. Use this Working in Hot Conditions PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) promotes collective bargaining between labor and management, and assures workers the right to organize and join a union without fear of reprisal. Despite this federal law protecting workers’ union rights, there are still many effective and perfectly legal steps you can take to keep unions out of your workplace. Use this Strategies for Legally Avoiding Unions PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on unions.
  • Although a certain amount of turnover is to be expected and is even desirable, high levels of turnover can undermine the success of your organization. Use this Reducing Turnover and Increasing Retention PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on turnover.
  • Harassment on the job is a real and serious problem. It shows up in workplaces large and small in all states—North and South, East and West, and everywhere in between. Use this Workplace Harassment--What Employees Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on civil rights.
  • Harassment is unwelcome behavior directed at a person or group because of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or sex. Harassment in the workplace is illegal. Use this Workplace Harassment--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on civil rights.
  • Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries. These accidents are costly in both human and financial terms. Use this Slips, Trips, and Falls: A Guide for Employees PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on accidents.
  • Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees (Spanish) PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • The bottom line is that all employees need to know the dangers of sexual harassment—they must know how to recognize the various types of sexual harassment, what to do if they are a witness to or a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, and know their role in preventing it from becoming a problem in your organization. Use this Sexual Harassment -- What Employees Need to Know (Spanish) PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on sexual harassment.
  • The purpose of this training session is to help prepare for the occurrence of a weather emergency or other natural disaster. It will discuss the hazards and dangers associated with tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, thunderstorms, etc. It will discuss how your company has prepared to respond to weather emergencies and natural disasters as well as how each employee should prepare homes and families. Use this Preparing for Weather Emergencies PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • Although the risk of workplace violence may be small, any workplace might be vulnerable. Therefore, your employees should understand why workplace violence occurs, who may be involved, how violent situations can arise, and what to do to reduce the risk that they will be victims of workplace violence. Use this Violence in the Workplace--How to Prevent and Defuse for Employees PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • The human body functions on a programmed time clock that’s set for daytime activity and nighttime sleep. So when employees work on some other schedule, it can have an impact on their health and safety. Because of these effects, your shiftworkers must be trained to recognize the hazards of shiftwork and to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe on the job. Use this Shift Work Safety Presentation PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on shift operation.
  • HR experts and labor and employment attorneys agree that businesses— regardless of their industry or size—should be concerned about the ethical conduct of their supervisors and employees. Use this Workplace Ethics for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on ethics.
  • When discipline is required, it should be focused on the primary goals of rehabilitating the employee and preserving the employment relationship rather than focusing on punishment. Progressive discipline provides an excellent way to achieve both those goals in most situations. Use this Progressive Discipline PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on discipline.
  • A skilled workforce is essential to the success of any organization. Careful evaluation or assessment of job performance is an important part of developing this workforce. This session aims to develop a cadre of supervisors who can properly measure job performance and use data to build a stronger organization. Use this Measuring Job Performance--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • Solving problems is part of every employee’s job. Learning to identify problems and develop effective solutions is one of the biggest challenges most employees—especially new ones—must meet. Use this Problem Solving for Employees PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use this Saving Energy at Work PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • This training program is a guide to compliance with the recordkeeping and notice requirements of key federal laws. It will help managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals understand their responsibilities and verify that the organization is complying in full with federal law. Use this Recordkeeping and Notice Requirements PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on records.
  • Learning to identify problems and develop effective solutions is one of the biggest challenges your supervisors face. At the same time, the skill with which your supervisors deal with problems on the job has a direct impact on their effectiveness and on your bottom line. Use this Problem-Solving for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) requires covered employers to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. Use this Recordkeeping--Injury and Illness PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on records.
  • Your supervisors must understand the issues, know the requirements of workplace policies that affect employee privacy, and take proper steps to assist the organization in communicating and enforcing policies. Use this Workplace Privacy--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on privacy.
  • According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention (Spanish) PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • This session is designed to explain what it means to be an effective leader and provide your first-time supervisors and managers with the information they need to develop first-class leadership skills. Use this Leadership Skills--What New Supervisors and Managers Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • If some or all of your employees are union members, your supervisors need to understand the terms of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which governs union-management relations. They also need to understand the rules governing their interaction with employees protected by a union contract. Use this NLRA and Unions--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on unions.
  • Employees who smoke are much more likely to get cancer or heart disease and die prematurely. By providing smoking cessation training, you are also helping your employees comply with smoke-free environment laws as well as your organization’s smoke-free workplace policy. Use this Hazards of Smoking--How to Quit PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on smoking.
  • No matter what age employees are now, or what shape they’re currently in, they can make improvements that will extend and improve their lives. With the proper training and information, your employees can make healthy aging choices. Use this Healthy Aging PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on wellness.
  • Although the legal requirements of the FMLA and the ADA are similar in some regards, at times an employer may find that the requirements of one law contradict the other, and the employer cannot comply with both laws. In these cases, it is important to know which law takes precedence, or “trumps,” the other. Use this Understanding the Interplay Between FMLA and ADA PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on FMLA leave of absence.
  • As part of their job, some employees may need to negotiate with customers, suppliers, or others outside the organization. Good negotiation skills are therefore an essential skill that every employee should have. Use this Negotiation Skills for All Employees PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • The impressions a new employee forms in the first few days on the job can have a big impact on that person’s job performance and satisfaction. New employees are anxious to learn their way around and find out about their rights and responsibilities. They also want to feel that their supervisors are ready and willing to help them succeed. Use this New Employee Orientation---'How To' for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on orientation.
  • Job descriptions are important to your organization for a number of reasons. Every supervisor needs to receive this important training to be able to write clear, concise, and effective job descriptions. Use this Job Descriptions--How to Write Them Effectively PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on job descriptions.
  • Frontline responsibility for compliance with the FMLA often rests with supervisors and managers. Therefore, they need to be trained to recognize whether an employee’s absence—including leaving early, coming in late, or not coming in at all—is covered under the FMLA provisions. Use this FMLA--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leave of absence (FMLA).
  • Despite reports that the number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) has declined in recent years because of widespread awareness and implementation of effective preventive measures, ergonomics remains a big and important workplace safety and health issue. Use this Office Ergonomics PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on ergonomics.
  • Negotiation is something your supervisors must use all the time on the job. That being the case, good negotiation skills are a very important part of any supervisor’s training and development. Use this Negotiation Skills for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • Training in basic business writing skills is essential because so many of your supervisors’ and managers’ job functions involve written communication. Their success in the job depends on being able to produce well-written documents. Use this Business Writing for Supervisors and Managers PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • Safety orientation training is crucial for all new employees, not only for their own safety but also for that of co-workers. Use this New Employee Safety Orientation PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on orientation.
  • Perhaps the greatest single office hazard is that most office workers don’t think of offices as hazardous workplaces and consequently don’t take office safety seriously. You must create a greater awareness of office hazards and emphasize the precautions your office workers need to take to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. Use this Office Hazards PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • This session will train you to identify bloodborne pathogens, or BBPs, that might be present in the workplace; understand how certain diseases are transmitted through blood; determine your risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace; protect yourself from exposure through prevention and by following certain procedures if you are exposed; respond appropriately if you are exposed to bloodborne pathogens; and understand your right to medical evaluations. Use this Bloodborne Pathogens--General (Spanish) PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Effective communication is the foundation of positive and cooperative working relationships. It is essential for your supervisors to be able to communicate effectively, and particularly with their employees, colleagues, and upper management. Use this Effective Communication for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • Setting objective performance goals helps you evaluate employee performance in a fair and objective way for all employees, whether they belong to a union or not. Use this Performance Goals--How Goals Help Supervisors Manage Employees More Effectively PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • Companies like yours have to be concerned about theft of equipment, inventory, trade secrets, computer information, and money. You also have to take steps to prevent other security risks such as arson, vandalism, and workplace violence. Use this Workplace Security for Employees PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on security.
  • New supervisors often have the technical knowledge to perform their new job. And they may have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. But they usually don’t have much experience supervising others, and they often lack the skills and knowledge to achieve goals and objectives. Use this New Supervisors’ Guide to Effective Supervision PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on leadership.
  • In order for your company to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, each supervisor should fully understand their responsibilities and the responsibilities of the employer. Use this Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know audio presentation to train your workers on healthcare insurance.
  • A motivated workforce is essential to the success of any organization. However, motivation is sometimes assumed to arise from within individuals, without influence from others on the job. Supervisors who can motivate employees are of great value to any organization; this session aims to develop such supervisors. Use this Motivating Employees--Tips and Tactics for Supervisors PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on communication.
  • All employees should understand potential mold hazards both in the workplace and at home. They should also know how to detect mold, where to look for it, how to clean it up, and how to prevent it from growing. Use this Mold Hazards and Prevention PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health..
  • When an OSHA inspector walks through your front door, your management needs to be prepared to respond effectively and work successfully with the inspector throughout the inspection and post-inspection process. This means they need to understand the steps in the inspection process as well as how the organization needs to respond to violations of OSHA standards, citations, and penalties. Use this OSHA Inspections, Citations, and Penalties PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on OSHA.
  • Flu pandemics can have a devastating effect on the world, our nation, your organization, and your employees. That makes flu pandemic awareness training essential. Use this Pandemic Flu--How to Prevent and Respond PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Many supervisors dread performance appraisals because they don’t like to judge their employees and because they worry about handling negative reactions. They will be more comfortable and effective when they understand how your performance appraisal process helps the organization, supervisors, and employees achieve their goals. Use this Performance Appraisals--How to Conduct Effectively PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • Organizing and planning are two of the most important things employees can do to be more efficient and more successful in their jobs. Simply by organizing themselves, their work, their time, and their workstations, they can improve job performance and achieve career goals.
  • HR Quizzes:
    The purpose of this training session is to prepare employees who work in hot conditions to recognize the hazards and take effective precautions to prevent heat stress on the job. Use this Working in Hot Conditions quiz to train your workers on safety and health.
  • The purpose of this training session is to prepare employees who work in hot conditions to recognize the hazards and take effective precautions to prevent heat stress on the job. Use this Working in Hot Conditions quiz to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    Your supervisors play an important role in preventing workplace violence, recognizing potential threats, defusing violent situations, and training employees to follow proper security procedures. The purpose of this training session is to provide them with the tools they need to do this important job, as well as heighten their awareness of this serious and pervasive problem. Use these Violence in the Workplace--How to Prevent and Defuse for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • Workers need to understand what identity theft is, how it could affect them, how to detect it, what to do if their identity is stolen, and, above all, how to prevent identity theft. Use these What You Need to Know About Identity Theft speaker's notes to train your workers on privacy.
  • More and more employers today are realizing the value of wellness programs and employee training to help employees live healthier lives. Use these Wellness and You speaker's notes to train your workers on wellness.
  • The costs of water use and waste are climbing, but you can make a measurable difference by taking simple water-saving steps at work and at home. Use these speaker's notes to train your workers on Water Conservation.
  • The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) promotes collective bargaining between labor and management, and assures workers the right to organize and join a union without fear of reprisal. Despite this federal law protecting workers’ union rights, there are still many effective and perfectly legal steps you can take to keep unions out of your workplace. Use these Strategies for Legally Avoiding Unions speaker's notes to train your workers on unions.
  • There are only so many hours in a day, and unless your supervisors use them wisely, they will never achieve the important goals you have set for them. Supervisors who can’t manage their time efficiently generally don’t live up to expectations and often fail to accomplish critical responsibilities. Use these Time Management for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on leadership.
  • The use of paper in offices for printing, copying, and other uses costs organizations money, consumes valuable natural resources, and pollutes the environment. These environmental and economic costs can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to reduce the amount of paper used in the workplace. Use these The Paperless Office: Conservation for Employees speaker's notes to train your workers on HR Strategy.
  • Weight management is a problem for many Americans—both adults and children. A significant percent of the population is overweight. People who are overweight are more likely to develop health problems, including serious diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Use these Successful Weight Management speaker's notes to train your workers on wellness.
  • Terminating an employee is one of the most difficult and important steps you can take. It should never be taken lightly because its repercussions go beyond the employee. Use these Terminating Employees--The Process speaker's notes to train your workers on termination (with discharge).
  • This training session will examine the scope and cost of substance abuse and discuss the role of your supervisors in helping to manage this difficult and complex problem in a way that both helps employees in need and protects co-workers and the organization from the negative impact of substance abuse. Use these Substance Abuse in the Workplace--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on alcohol and drugs.
  • Teams can be used for everything from handling projects to solving problems to dealing with ongoing tasks. Properly conceived and supervised, teams can boost productivity, improve quality, increase motivation and job satisfaction among employees, create more flexible operations, and enhance creativity. Use these Teambuilding for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on communication.
  • It is in the best interest of every company to know how to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Supervisors and managers must understand what they can do not only to help employees who need to file claims, but also how to prevent injuries and illnesses in the first place—to manage rising insurance premiums and lost work time. Use these Workers' Compensation--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on workers' compensation.
  • The purpose of this training session is to prepare employees who work in hot conditions to recognize the hazards and take effective precautions to prevent heat stress on the job. Use these Working in Hot Conditions speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Teams can be used for everything from handling projects to solving problems to dealing with ongoing tasks. Properly conceived and supervised, teams can boost productivity, improve quality, increase motivation and job satisfaction among employees, create more flexible operations, and enhance creativity. Use these Teambuilding for All Employees speaker's notes to train your workers on communication.
  • Harassment is unwelcome behavior directed at a person or group because of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or sex. Harassment in the workplace is illegal. Use these Workplace Harassment--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on civil rights.
  • Harassment on the job is a real and serious problem. It shows up in workplaces large and small in all states—North and South, East and West, and everywhere in between. Use these Workplace Harassment--What Employees Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on civil rights.
  • Although a certain amount of turnover is to be expected and is even desirable, high levels of turnover can undermine the success of your organization. Use these Reducing Turnover and Increasing Retention speaker's notes to train your workers on turnover.
  • Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries. These accidents are costly in both human and financial terms. Use these Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls: A Guide for Employees speaker's notes to train your workers on accidents.
  • Your employees need to be able to recognize potential threats, know how to defuse violent situations, and follow proper security procedures to prevent workplace violence. The purpose of this training session is to provide them with the tools they need to do this, as well as heighten their awareness of this serious and pervasive workplace problem. Use these Violence in the Workplace--How to Prevent and Defuse for Employees speaker's notes to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • The purpose of this training session is to help prepare for the occurrence of a weather emergency or other natural disaster. It will discuss the hazards and dangers associated with tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, thunderstorms, etc. It will discuss how your company has prepared to respond to weather emergencies and natural disasters as well as how each employee should prepare homes and families. Use these Preparing for Weather Emergencies speaker's notes to train your workers on emergencies.
  • The human body functions on a programmed time clock that’s set for daytime activity and nighttime sleep. So when employees work on some other schedule, it can have an impact on their health and safety. Because of these effects, your shiftworkers must be trained to recognize the hazards of shiftwork and to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe on the job. Use these Shift Work Safety Presentation speaker's notes to train your workers on shift operation.
  • HR experts and labor and employment attorneys agree that businesses— regardless of their industry or size—should be concerned about the ethical conduct of their supervisors and employees. Use these Workplace Ethics for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on ethics.
  • When discipline is required, it should be focused on the primary goals of rehabilitating the employee and preserving the employment relationship rather than focusing on punishment. Progressive discipline provides an excellent way to achieve both those goals in most situations. Use these Progressive Discipline speaker's notes to train your workers on discipline.
  • A skilled workforce is essential to the success of any organization. Careful evaluation or assessment of job performance is an important part of developing this workforce. This session aims to develop a cadre of supervisors who can properly measure job performance and use data to build a stronger organization. Use these Measuring Job Performance--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • For employers, conserving energy is a natural way to reduce costs while acting ethically. For employees, conserving energy at work extends the commitment to the environment and conservation that many have made in their personal lives. Use these Saving Energy at Work speaker's notes to train your workers on HR strategy.
  • This training program is a guide to compliance with the recordkeeping and notice requirements of key federal laws. It will help managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals understand their responsibilities and verify that the organization is complying in full with federal law. Use these Recordkeeping and Notice Requirements speaker's notes to train your workers on records.
  • Learning to identify problems and develop effective solutions is one of the biggest challenges your supervisors face. At the same time, the skill with which your supervisors deal with problems on the job has a direct impact on their effectiveness and on your bottom line. Use these Problem-Solving for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on leadership.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) requires covered employers to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. Use these Recordkeeping--Injury and Illness speaker's notes to train your workers on records.
  • The bottom line is that all employees need to know the dangers of sexual harassment—they must know how to recognize the various types of sexual harassment, what to do if they are a witness to or a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, and know their role in preventing it from becoming a problem in your organization. Use these Sexual Harassment -- What Employees Need to Know (Spanish) speaker's notes to train your workers on sexual harassment.
  • Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use these Workplace Safety for Employees (Spanish) speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Your supervisors must understand the issues, know the requirements of workplace policies that affect employee privacy, and take proper steps to assist the organization in communicating and enforcing policies. Use these Workplace Privacy--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on privacy.
  • According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use these Emergency Action and Fire Prevention speaker's notes to train your workers on emergencies.
  • This session is designed to explain what it means to be an effective leader and provide your first-time supervisors and managers with the information they need to develop first-class leadership skills. Use these Leadership Skills--What New Supervisors and Managers Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on leadership.
  • If some or all of your employees are union members, your supervisors need to understand the terms of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which governs union-management relations. They also need to understand the rules governing their interaction with employees protected by a union contract. Use these NLRA and Unions--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on unions.
  • Employees who smoke are much more likely to get cancer or heart disease and die prematurely. By providing smoking cessation training, you are also helping your employees comply with smoke-free environment laws as well as your organization’s smoke-free workplace policy. Use these Hazards of Smoking--How to Quit speaker's notes to train your workers on smoking.
  • No matter what age employees are now, or what shape they’re currently in, they can make improvements that will extend and improve their lives. With the proper training and information, your employees can make healthy aging choices. Use these Healthy Aging speaker's notes to train your workers on wellness.
  • Although the legal requirements of the FMLA and the ADA are similar in some regards, at times an employer may find that the requirements of one law contradict the other, and the employer cannot comply with both laws. In these cases, it is important to know which law takes precedence, or “trumps,” the other. Use these Understanding the Interplay Between FMLA and ADA speaker's notes to train your workers on FMLA leave of absence.
  • As part of their job, some employees may need to negotiate with customers, suppliers, or others outside the organization. Good negotiation skills are therefore an essential skill that every employee should have. Use these Negotiation Skills for All Employees speaker's notes to train your workers on communication.
  • The speaker's notes document provides the script view of the training course, screen by screen, which can be helpful with preparing for and taking the course.
  • According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use these Emergency Action and Fire Prevention (Spanish) speaker's notes to train your workers on emergencies.
  • Job descriptions are important to your organization for a number of reasons. Every supervisor needs to receive this important training to be able to write clear, concise, and effective job descriptions. Use these Job Descriptions--How to Write Them Effectively speaker's notes to train your workers on job descriptions.
  • The impressions a new employee forms in the first few days on the job can have a big impact on that person’s job performance and satisfaction. New employees are anxious to learn their way around and find out about their rights and responsibilities. They also want to feel that their supervisors are ready and willing to help them succeed. Use these New Employee Orientation---'How To' for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on orientation.
  • Despite reports that the number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) has declined in recent years because of widespread awareness and implementation of effective preventive measures, ergonomics remains a big and important workplace safety and health issue. Use these Office Ergonomics speaker's notes to train your workers on ergonomics.
  • Frontline responsibility for compliance with the FMLA often rests with supervisors and managers. Therefore, they need to be trained to recognize whether an employee’s absence—including leaving early, coming in late, or not coming in at all—is covered under the FMLA provisions. Use these FMLA--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on leave of absence (FMLA).
  • Negotiation is something your supervisors must use all the time on the job. That being the case, good negotiation skills are a very important part of any supervisor’s training and development. Use these Negotiation Skills for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on leadership.
  • Effective communication is the foundation of positive and cooperative working relationships. It is essential for your supervisors to be able to communicate effectively, and particularly with their employees, colleagues, and upper management. Use these Effective Communication for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on leadership.
  • Training in basic business writing skills is essential because so many of your supervisors’ and managers’ job functions involve written communication. Their success in the job depends on being able to produce well-written documents. Use these Business Writing for Supervisors and Managers speaker's notes to train your workers on communication.
  • Safety orientation training is crucial for all new employees, not only for their own safety but also for that of co-workers. Use these New Employee Safety Orientation speaker's notes to train your workers on orientation.
  • Companies like yours have to be concerned about theft of equipment, inventory, trade secrets, computer information, and money. You also have to take steps to prevent other security risks such as arson, vandalism, and workplace violence. Use these Workplace Security for Employees speaker's notes to train your workers on security.
  • Setting objective performance goals helps you evaluate employee performance in a fair and objective way for all employees, whether they belong to a union or not. Use these Performance Goals--How Goals Help Supervisors Manage Employees More Effectively speaker's notes to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • In order for your company to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, each supervisor should fully understand their responsibilities and the responsibilities of the employer. Use these Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know speaker notes to train your workers on health insurance.
  • Perhaps the greatest single office hazard is that most office workers don’t think of offices as hazardous workplaces and consequently don’t take office safety seriously. You must create a greater awareness of office hazards and emphasize the precautions your office workers need to take to prevent accidents and injuries on the job. Use these Office Hazards speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • This session will train you to identify bloodborne pathogens, or BBPs, that might be present in the workplace; understand how certain diseases are transmitted through blood; determine your risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace; protect yourself from exposure through prevention and by following certain procedures if you are exposed; respond appropriately if you are exposed to bloodborne pathogens; and understand your right to medical evaluations. Use these Bloodborne Pathogens--General (Spanish) speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • A motivated workforce is essential to the success of any organization. However, motivation is sometimes assumed to arise from within individuals, without influence from others on the job. Supervisors who can motivate employees are of great value to any organization; this session aims to develop such supervisors. Use these Motivating Employees--Tips and Tactics for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on communication.
  • All employees should understand potential mold hazards both in the workplace and at home. They should also know how to detect mold, where to look for it, how to clean it up, and how to prevent it from growing. Use these Mold Hazards and Prevention speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • When an OSHA inspector walks through your front door, your management needs to be prepared to respond effectively and work successfully with the inspector throughout the inspection and post-inspection process. This means they need to understand the steps in the inspection process as well as how the organization needs to respond to violations of OSHA standards, citations, and penalties. Use these OSHA Inspections, Citations, and Penalties speaker's notes to train your workers on OSHA.
  • Flu pandemics can have a devastating effect on the world, our nation, your organization, and your employees. That makes flu pandemic awareness training essential. Use these Pandemic Flu--How to Prevent and Respond speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Many supervisors dread performance appraisals because they don’t like to judge their employees and because they worry about handling negative reactions. They will be more comfortable and effective when they understand how your performance appraisal process helps the organization, supervisors, and employees achieve their goals. Use these Performance Appraisals--How to Conduct Effectively speaker's notes to train your workers on performance appraisal.
  • Use these speaker's notes to accompany the Organizing and Planning for Success--What Employees Need to Know PowerPoint.
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