Seasonal staff come into your agency during particularly busy times of year. Hiring more workers means you have more people to get things done, and increases the productivity of your workforce.

3 Techniques for Increasing Seasonal Staff Productivity | Allegiance

Posted by Dec 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Seasonal staff come into your agency during particularly busy times of year. Hiring more workers means you have more people to get things done, and increases the productivity of your workforce. However, seasonal staff aren’t as experienced as permanent staff, and like other new hires, will often be less productive than seasoned employees. Since you’re hiring seasonal staff to help your company at peak time, it’s important to get them up to speed quickly.

These are three techniques you can use that will maximize your seasonal staff’s productivity:

1. Train your new hires. During busy periods, throwing new seasonal staff into the workforce immediately and hoping they’ll learn fast is an alluring proposition. But you’re likely to end up with confused employees who decrease productivity with constant questions and mistakes. Instead, hold group onboarding training for groups of new hires, and show seasonal staff the ropes before they get on the floor.

2. Have a buddy system. Training will get your seasonal staff up to speed more quickly, but won’t answer all their day-to-day questions and needs. Assign your experienced permanent staff members to seasonal staffing partners. Staff buddies will be the new hires’ go to person for questions that come up or any additional on the job support they need. This is also a great opportunity to give your permanent staff supervisory and leadership experience.

3. Rehire former seasonal staff. Every year, get in touch with past seasonal staff who met expectations and ask if they would like to return again this year. Seasonal staff who’ve done the job previously will already understand the basics and get back to old productivity levels quickly. Many seasonal employees look for extra work annually at times of year like the holidays or summer, so this is a win-win situation for companies and employees.

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Do You Need To Reconsider Your Current Workplace Safety Plans?

Do You Need To Reconsider Your Current Workplace Safety Plans? | Allegiance

Posted by Dec 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Taking the right steps to protect your employees against workplace injuries is one of the best ways to improve productivity. When your company takes the correct measures to support safety and reduce the chances of workers becoming ill, your business will be protected against current and future risks. Have you taken any time to ensure that your business is taking the necessary workplace safety measures?

When safety performance is not up to par and workers become injured or ill, they will usually have to spend weeks out of the workplace. When workers are missing time because there were no proper workplace safety measures, productivity will slip due to the inconsistencies. When your permanent employees are missing time away from work, you will have to find people to replace them, and this can be costly.

You will have to train the replacements, and this also increases the chances of injuries occurring, especially if they are not properly trained. You will find yourself using more time, energy, and money trying to correct the problem than you would if you would have implemented proper workplace safety strategies in the beginning.

When non-catastrophic events occur at the workplace, you will typically see a rise in workers’ compensation claims, higher premiums on insurance policies, and you will spend more money hiring and training the replacements of the injured or ill workers.

Do you need to reconsider your workplace strategy plans? Do not hesitate to contact us today for advice on how you can improve workplace safety.

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How to Comply with OSHA Guidelines

How to Comply with OSHA Guidelines | Allegiance

Posted by Nov 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am

The majority of employers with 10 employees or more are required under the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) guidelines to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illness. Only certain low-risk industries are exempted. Minor injuries that require only first-aid do not need to be recorded.

What is a Reportable Incident?

A “serious incident” is specifically defined as,

  • Any work-related fatality.
  • Any work-related injury or illness resulting in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
  • Any work-related injury requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
  • Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth and punctured eardrums.
  • Needlesticks and sharps injuries, medical removal, hearing loss, and tuberculosis.

There is no legal responsibility to record “near misses” or near accidents, but the regulators recommend that any such incidents also be reported because the reports will enable them to fill out a statistical profile of health and safety in the American workplace.

First aid is also specifically defined in the standards.

  • Use of non-prescription medication or medication at less than prescription potency. For purposes of recording, any medication prescribed or recommended by a physician or licensed health care professional upgrades the incident to one that has to be recorded).
  • Administering tetanus shots, cleaning, flushing or soaking wounds on the surface of the skin. Other immunizations such as hepatitis B or rabies vaccine elevates the incident to one that has to be recorded.
  • Using temporary wound coverings like bandages, band-Aids, gauze, butterfly bandages, or Steri-Strips. If a wound is covered with sutures or staples the incident is upgraded to a reportable one.
  • Using hot or cold therapy.
  • Use of non-rigid supports like elastic bandages, wraps, non-rigid back belts is first aid. The use of rigid support devices like splints, slings, neck collars, backboards and the like upgrades the incident to a reportable one.
  • Using temporary immobilization devices for transport. Drilling a fingernail or toenail for pressure relief or draining fluid from a blister.
  • Using eye patches.
  • Using irrigation, cotton swabs, or other simple means of removing a foreign object from the eye.
  • Using finger guards.
  • Using messages for muscle events. Physical therapy or chiropractic treatment upgrades the incident to a reportable one.

The Reporting Requirements.

Records of reportable incidents must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. During the period from February through March, employers must prominently post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year. Copies of these reports have to be made available to employees (both current and past) on request. Downloadable forms 300, 300A and 301 are to be used for recording the incidents. These forms have space for employee’s name, job title, injury data, where the event occurred, a description of the injury, scales to indicate severity, number of days of work missed, and type of injury or illness. The forms have space for summary numbers.

Penalties for Non-Compliance.

The purpose of OSHA recordkeeping and reporting is to enable the regulators to gauge the state of safety and health in the American workplace using accurate data. The cost of non-compliance with the regulations can be considerable. The penalties mandated by the OSHA are specific to occupational and health plans operated by the federal government. States that operate their own plans are required to adopt maximum penalty levels that are at least as effective as the federal penalty standard.

As of 2016, penalties for non-compliance have increased by more than 80 percent over previous years with the 2016 OSHA Final Rule.

  • False statements in the reports carry a fine of $17,800 and 6 months in jail.
  • The OSHA fine for failing to report an injury has increased by 400 percent to $5,000 per incident from $1,000.

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Workplace Safety and Keeping Workplaces Warm

Workplace Safety and Keeping Workplaces Warm | Alleigance

Posted by Nov 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Keeping Workplaces Heated

People who work in certain fields might not notice seasonal variations all that much. Employees who primarily or exclusively work indoors might only notice the winter weather when they leave work. However, winter weather will still have an impact on them in a few important ways. All employers are responsible for making sure that their workplaces are adequately heated.

OSHA guidelines related to workplace temperatures are relatively flexible. It’s recommended that employers get the temperature of workplaces in the range of 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. If workplace temperatures are low enough to cause hypothermia, then employers should be concerned about violating OSHA regulations concerning the safety of employees.

Temperature and Workplace Safety

Employers need to remember that the temperature of a given workplace is relevant to workplace safety. Some employees will have pronounced medical conditions related to temperature sensitivity. However, even when these conditions are not present, employees must work in comfortable temperatures in order to stay safe and productive.

All employers have to worry about the temperature of working areas throughout the year. They need to provide adequate air conditioning when it starts getting hot again. There will be certain points throughout the year where the temperature will vary dramatically, and employers need to make sure that their workers are safe and comfortable all the while.

The Needs of Workers

In some industries, employers will just need to make sure that the furnaces and heating systems in their buildings are working well enough before it starts getting cold. In other industries, employees might need gloves, winter uniforms, and other forms of protection against the cold.

This might be the case for the employees who at least partly work outdoors. Employers need to make sure that they are able to monitor the temperature of their workplaces accurately, which will make it easier to prevent real issues.

Contact us to get more of a background on the subject.

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3 Tips for Hiring Seasonal Staff for the Holiday Season

3 Tips for Hiring Seasonal Staff for the Holiday Season | Allegiance

Posted by Nov 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am

The end of the year holiday season is one of the busiest shopping events during the entire year. Bringing on additional staff during this time will ensure that your business is not only able to survive the busy season but also flourishes. Potential success during this time largely depends on hiring the right temporary workers. Fortunately, there are three tips that you can use to make sure you select the right seasonal staff:

Consider Employee Referrals

Employee referrals are one of the easiest ways to tap into a professional network. If your employees already know of potential hires that would be a good fit for the job, then this saves you the time of trying to source seasonal staff on your own.

Reach Out to Former Seasonal Employees

The biggest difficulty businesses run into when hiring seasonal staff is time. It can be difficult to train a new hire within a short period of time. Therefore, consider reaching out to former seasonal staff members. Hiring someone who is already familiar with your business processes makes it easier to train them within a short time frame.

Plan Out your Hiring Process

When it comes seasonal hiring planning is everything. If you hire too soon, then you may not have enough work for your temporary workers. On the other hand, if you hire too late, then you risk limiting the range of employees you have access to since more experienced candidates may be off the market.

If you have a clear understanding of what kind of seasonal staff you are looking for this makes the hiring process smoother. Contact us to hear how we can make hiring seasonal workers as straightforward as possible.

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Four Tips for Making Great Holiday Seasonal Staffing Hires

Four Tips for Making Great Holiday Seasonal Staffing Hires | Allegiance

Posted by Nov 6, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Now that fall is upon us and cooler weather is coming in, it’s not too soon to start thinking about your business’ holiday season. December is one of the busiest months of the year, and hiring seasonal staff for the holiday season will help your business thrive during this bustling time. Here are four ways to streamline your seasonal hiring process and hire great staff:

  1. Start hiring now. By late November, you’ll be rushing to hire for December and won’t have time to properly screen and interview large numbers of staff. Advertising now will give you time to thoroughly vet candidates and ensure the top people for the job haven’t made other commitments.
  2. Hold group interviews. When you’re interviewing and hiring a large number of candidates, group interviews are an efficient way to evaluate candidates. Group interviews have advantages over traditional interviewing practices, such as seeing how well job candidates work in teams.
  3. Perform background checks. It’s important to verify the background of holiday seasonal candidates. Verify that their resume is correct by checking in with the HR department at their previous positions, call all listed references, and complete a background check.
  4. Consider getting help. The large number of hires many companies make for the holidays can overwork even the most efficient human resource departments. By working with a staffing agency, you’ll work with professionals who are experienced in seasonal hiring and can connect you with quickly quality previously screened candidates. An agency will also help you advertise the position, interview, and reference check candidates.

Do the work you do best and leave seasonal hiring to experienced agencies. Allegiance Staffing offers 25 years of experience bringing in quality employees who meet high standards. Contact us today to learn more about how our custom labor solutions can improve your bottom line. Looking for work? Join Our Talent Network Today.

OSHA Compliance: Are You Using Safety Signs In Your Workplace?

OSHA Compliance: Are You Using Safety Signs? | Allegiance

Posted by Oct 30, 2017 @ 9:30 am

One of the most effective and efficient ways for you to communicate safety regulations, protocols, and messages in your workplace is by using signs. There are several signs you can hang in your workplace so you will not only make everyone aware of the hazards they may face, but this will also make sure you will remain OSHA compliant.

Fire Safety

What areas in your workplace have fire extinguishers? What areas in your workplace have fire house cabinets? When you identify those areas, you should make sure you hang the right signs so people will know where they can access them. You should also make sure all of your employees are properly trained in case of an emergency situation.

Exit Signs

Your workplace should have clear exit and evacuation areas, and these areas should be marked. Sometimes people can mistake a certain doorway or pathway as an exit, and they will try to exit the building through those doors. In order to avoid confusion, you can make sure you identify those doors correctly. Your exit signs should be visible to everyone.

Where Are The Hazards?

If your workplace has several hazardous areas, you should make sure everyone knows that those potential hazards are. Everyone should also know what the proper procedures and protocols are for being in those potential hazardous areas.

Where Is The Proper Protection?

When your employees or any visitors enter one of your hazardous areas, you should make sure they know what type of protective equipment they need and where they can find the equipment.

Do you have the proper OSHA compliant safety signs? Contact us today for additional information on OSHA compliance and the steps you can take to remain compliant at all times.

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OSHA Compliance: Are You Using Safety Signs?

How to Increase OSHA Compliance Safety Programs – Part II | Allegiance

Posted by Oct 23, 2017 @ 9:30 am

Many states have their own occupational health and safety agency with localized regulations and requirements. When in doubt, it’s best to follow the state or federal regulation that is stricter. OSHA offers a map and links to state programs here. This article will discuss how to enhance OSHA compliance through safety committees, investigations and walk-throughs.

Safety Committees

Safety programs generally need a safety committee that is made up of both hourly employees and management from different departments. Ideally, a safety officer or supervisor will spearhead the safety committee. However, a proactive employee can be elected to coordinate activities and communication between management and employees. Safety committees can be involved with internal audits, updating safety procedures and maintaining OSHA compliance.

Safety Investigations

Whenever an accident or near-miss occurs, there should be a succinct investigation that identifies work hazards, training gaps and communication errors. Investigations may be treated as useful opportunities for safety training, worker development and continuous improvement. Safety investigation knowledge can be built through periodic inspections. For example, some organizations involve safety committee members in accident and near-miss interviews and investigations.

Safety Walk-throughs

Many organizations have safety committee members conduct monthly inspections of medical kits, fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment like emergency eye wash stations. This may involve supervisors, maintenance and regular employees. Internal safety inspections are an excellent way to teach workers about chronic variables, potential safety issues and worker awareness challenges. Many organizations create maps and checklists that document the location and description of the emergency equipment.

The best way to ensure OSHA compliance is through due diligence and the support of business expertswho know the industry’s best practices. Part three will cover the safety practices of risk mapping, mandatory PPE and preventative ergonomics.

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Create A Safe Work Environment By Allowing Input From All Sides

Create A Safe Work Environment | Allegiance

Posted by Oct 16, 2017 @ 9:30 am

We will soon be in that time of the year when many workers will experience cold stress. During the winter, many people will experience hypothermia, especially if they work outdoors. When workplaces have the proper preparation, hypothermia injuries can be prevented.

One of the best things for an employer to do is to create an entire workplace attitude of safety. Everyone is responsible for having to create a safe environment and a positive attitude. However, it is important for companies to create safety protocols and make sure these protocols are constantly being reinforced.

Hypothermia can have a lasting impact, and it is important that everyone in your workplace knows the symptoms of hypothermia. The signs of hypothermia are as follows:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Shaking
  • Incoordination
  • Slurred speech

In order to prevent swelling in the person’s body part that is been affected, it is important that the specific body part is elevated. The person should also be placed in an area that is warm. The clothing should be removed and a cloth or bandage should be applied to the area. Do not wait to call 911 for medical treatment; medical care will be needed as soon as possible.

Staff members should be included in the creation of the safety plan. When staff members are included in your safety plan, this will not only create an entire safety culture, but this will also encourage everyone to share their opinions about what things can be done to improve the safety plan. The ideas that can be shared will not only have to be for the winter safety plan, but for the entire year.

When everyone is allowed to have an input in the workplace safety plan, you will have a better chance of creating a safe work environment for the entire year.

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Will Using A Staffing Agency Be A Great Decision For Your Business?

Will Using A Staffing Agency Be A Great Decision? | Allegiance

Posted by Oct 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am

We will soon be in that time of year when businesses just like yours will be looking for as much help as they can get when it comes to extra help in the office or on a sales floor. As a business owner, you may be wondering if a staffing agency can actually help your business. When you are looking for one new employee or multiple new employees, you may be hesitant to let someone else do the hiring work for you.

Here are some of the reasons why we think you should let a third-party make the hiring decisions for you.

Save Time

When you think about the amount of time you will have to spend creating a job post, looking at all the resumes that are being submitted, scheduling interviews, and actually interviewing the job candidates, you will spend nearly three weeks in this whole process. When you let a third-party, like a staffing agency, handle these things for you, you will be able to focus on your business operations instead of being frustrated with the hiring process.

You Can Choose From The Best Of The Best

A staffing agency will use various networks that will include job candidates who are active and job candidates who may not be active. This means you will only receive the best candidates for your available job positions. Recruiters will look for the perfect job candidates who will fit all your business needs.

Your Candidates Will Meet Your Needs

Sometimes business owners hire people who do not always live up to the expectations that were set. You want the employee you hire to fully live up to the expectations. This is why we recommend using a staffing agency to hire your employees. Your new employees will be the perfect fit for the open position.

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