Workplace Safety: Not Only For Big Business

All too often, smaller companies have a habit of not emphasizing the importance of safety in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) applies to every business in the U.S. – not just those in manufacturing or warehousing!

Place warning signs near wet floors or trip hazards to prevent accidents

Here are a few simple steps to keep your workplace safe:

  1. Appoint “Disaster Chiefs” (people in the office who know CPR, in charge of calling police/fire department, etc.) and let your employees know where to turn during a crisis. Review annually in case the persons appointed are no longer around to perform their duties.
  2. Know the fire escape plan and do at least one fire drill a year. This will let you know the faults in your plan and correct them before an incident actually happens.
  3. Do at least one tornado drill per year. Stress its importance during “Severe Weather Preparedness Week” (for 2013, March 3rd – 9th) for a more real-world tie in.
  4. Have First Aid supplies on hand and check to make sure they are well-stocked and not expired.
  5. Assess your workplace at least once a year, looking for trip hazards and better ways to organize in case of a disaster. Make sure to highlight these areas appropriately or fix them to decrease the chance of accidents.

In an exceptionally safe workplace, consider rewarding your employees with one of the many safety awards Royal Recognition offers. By focusing on health and safety, we can avoid the human and business costs of workplace injuries and improve productivity. Stay safe everyone!

Trapped in the Busy Snare?

Burning the candle at both ends

Some time ago, an opinion article was circling around the Twitterverse from New York Times writer Tim Kreider discussing how “busy” people seem to be these days. The piece is quick to get the point:

It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.

While it may be physically impossible to insert extra time into your employee’s day, try to take a moment out of YOUR day and appreciate all the little things that your co-workers do for you. Whether its remembering to turn the coffee pot on in the morning, shutting the blinds at night, or just plain doing their jobs well, acknowledgement does wonders in making the work environment a little less “busy” and a lot more productive.

(Oh, and we love the Richard Scarry reference buried in the middle of the article!)

You can find a link to the full article here.

Blood Center of Wisconsin – 2012 Banquet

Another banquet on the books for today thanks to the Blood Center of Wisconsin and the set up team at Royal Recognition. We hope you have a wonderful event!

Bloodcenter of Wisconsin 2012 Banquet Set Up

Looking for a new way to distribute your employee service awards? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 262.679.6050 for some inspiration!

The Wonders of a Virtual Handshake

presence in social media can create a very engaged employee baseAs people use social media more and more in their daily interactions with clients, vendors and co-workers, the use online recognition programs has skyrocketed to a whopping 66% of 86% of all U.S. organizations that have a recognition program in place according to WorldatWork‘s 2011 “Trends in Employee Recognition Survey.”

Knowing your workforce is key as “e-recognition also fits certain environments better than others” states Kathleen Koster of Employee Benefits News. If your company has several satellite offices or an employee base peppered about the globe, online recognition is the easiest way to keep engagement high. Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are accessible at any time and are already somewhat familiar to your staff. A simple tweet in thanks for a job well done from your superior goes a long way in the face of recognition. In addition, it is easier for co-workers on the same level to publicly acknowledge each other.

The most engaged workforces tend to use a combination of traditional award programs and online. A virtual pat on the back is no substitute for a physical reward for 20 years of service! Allow Royal Recognition to customize an on the spot and peer-to-peer program built to your company’s needs. Paired with our world-class service award programs we offer a complete online engagement solution created for specifically for you. To find out more, contact sales@royalrec.com.