It’s hard to believe the Christmas season is just around the corner. Large amounts of money will be spent on the perfect gifts or donated to favorite charities. To handle the volume of additional business and customers, many stores and organizations hire seasonal employees to maintain great customer service. After all, for many stores, a large percentage of their total annual revenue is generated during this two-month period. With so much money changing hands, I have to ask myself if these businesses are doing everything possible to minimize employee theft.
My oldest daughter works at a local fast-food restaurant. While she has just entered college, she started working at the restaurant during her senior year in high school. And, like all younger workers, she was worried that college students would come home for summer break and take some of her hours to make some money. Jobs are at a premium these days as you know, with a national unemployment rate hovering around 9.1% as of August 2011. Fortunately, her hours did not decrease much even though, as was broadcast this year, college students were having difficulty landing summer work.
The first frost, falling leaves, and brisk temperatures also remind me it’s time to begin another season of the Thermostat Wars.
It’s hard to go anywhere today and not hear the soulful voice of pop singer Adele. Her song “Someone Like You” has seemed to filter its way onto every radio station, MP3 and CD player (if they still make those) in the country. Yesterday, I was in an examination room at the doctor’s office and heard the song. Then one of the nurses joined in singing like she was having her own private concert. Midway through, she stops and proclaims: “I just love this song!” which made me laugh.
With Halloween around the corner, there are sure to be ghouls and goblins knocking on doors and demanding sugary treats. Below are some tips to keep these little “monsters” safe while out trick-or-treating.
Ergonomics. No doubt you’ve heard this term used in your office environment. But what is ergonomics? There are many scientific definitions, but in its simplest terms, ergonomics is making a workplace comfortable and efficient for the worker. Why is ergonomics important in your organization?