Staying Healthy During Flu Season

Each year, seasonal influenza makes it’s way around the country. Flu season can begin as early as October and last through May. It typically peaks in February or March. True influenza or “the flu” causes high fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and a cough. Even for a healthy person, the flu can keep an employee out of work for a week (or more if a secondary infection like bronchitis or pneumonia develops). For the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and young children, the flu can be fatal. Here are a few quick tips to protect yourself and employees from influenza:

  • Get the flu shot. Even in seasons where the flu shot isn’t as effective, it still prevents illness in at least 30-40% of cases and can reduce the severity of illness if you do still end up with the flu.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. The single best way to prevent any illness, is to wash your hands with soap in warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when sick and encourage others to do the same.

Preventing Slips and Falls on Ice During Winter

Most of America is now in the depths of winter. As part of our winter safety series, today we will list a few quick tips on avoiding slips and falls on ice.

  1. When working outside in snowy or icy conditions, insulated boots with rubber treads can be very helpful to provide traction.
  2. Walk slowly over icy patches
  3. If it is extremely snowy out, wear high visibility clothing so passing cars and trucks can see you and avoid walking in the street.
  4. Ice can hide under a light dusting of snow, so use caution when walking in snow.

Thailand Fish Farm Update

Happy New Year!

It doesn’t seem possible, but 2017 is coming to a close. We are looking forward to another year of serving our customers and local communities by being the “right people at the right time.” From all of us here at Trojan Labor, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

 

 

Merry Christmas!

It is that time of year again! The entire Trojan Labor family would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our valued customers and team members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Shop With A Cop 2017

All of us in the Trojan Labor family strongly believe in giving back to our local communities. One of the ways we do that is by sponsoring worthy local causes.

Trojan Labor in Denver, CO had the opportunity to support the 2017 Shop With a Cop event. This event, organized by the Aurora Police Department, enables a child in need to go shopping with a cop for warm winter clothes and Christmas gifts. It is a wonderful program that has allowed children to have Christmas presents who might not have otherwise gotten any.

Apologizing in the Workplace

Mistakes happen and the workplace is no exception. However, when you make a mistake at work your apology will need to look a little bit different then if you are apologizing to a friend. Here are a few quick tips on how to apologize for a mistake while at work:

Own up to it: When apologizing, don’t try to make excuses. Own up to your mistake and try to avoid phrases such as “but” or “if.”

Don’t Overdo It: Your apology should be sincere, but should be equal to the magnitude of the mistake.

Offer up a Solution: After you have apologized, explain how you will fix the problem and make it right.

Staying Safe While Cleaning Up After a Hurricane

With the names Harvey, Irma, and Maria still fresh in our minds, Hurricane Nate is now threatening Louisiana, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. In a previous article, we discussed general safety after a hurricane or natural disaster. However, after the immediate aftermath of the storm, comes the clean up. Here are a few tips on staying safe while cleaning up from a natural disaster:

 

  1. Be Aware of Electrical Hazards: After a storm it may take several days (or weeks) for electric companies to rebuild. There will be downed power lines that can pose a threat especially if near standing flood waters.
  2. Be Aware of Floodwaters: Floodwaters bring with them multiple dangers. They can hide large debris and can also be filled with infection causing bacteria. Avoid standing water and walking through flooding as much as possible.
  3. Be Aware of Generators: If the power is out after a disaster, many buildings will be utilizing generators for electricity. Generators produce deadly carbon monoxide. They should only be operated outside.

Taking Breaks For Worker Wellbeing

Although there is no federal law requiring employers to offer breaks (these rules are decided at the state level), encouraging employees to take breaks has strong benefits such as:

  1. Increased productivity: Studies have shown that even a 5 minute break is enough to increase concentration. Breaks can also help prevent a worker from getting board which can also increase productivity.

2. Less injuries: A tired worker is more likely to get hurt while on the job. Allowing adequate               rest can help minimize workplace injuries.

3. Happier employees: Employees who receive regular breaks are more likely to be happier at             their job and are less likely to get burned out.

3 Reasons for an Employee Referral Program

Quality employees are the backbone of a successful business. Sometimes, companies may find it difficult and expensive to recruit employees. An employee referral program is something almost all companies should implement and here are 3 reasons why:

 

  • Reduced Costs: The costs of implementing an employee referral program are typically lower than standard recruiting costs. Having current employees talking up your company to their friends and finding people who could be a good fit is worth the cost of the program.

 

  •  Improved Quality of Hire: Although it might not always work out this way, typically a current employee will only refer someone that they think will be a quality employee and a good cultural fit at the company. If a referred candidate is hired, they will likely already know people at the company and be able to fit right into the workplace culture.

 

  • Builds Engagement: Employees that are talking about their workplace to their friends, are building an attachment to their company. Having an employee referral program can make employees feel like they have a bigger role in the future of the company.