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Safety spotlight: The keys to proper forklift operation

Safety spotlight: The keys to proper forklift operation

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has sharpened its safety enforcement on businesses whose operations rely heavily on forklift operation to transport products from one place to another. That means manufacturing companies in particular and other businesses with warehouse facilities need to be vigilant. One component of the initiative centers on making sure forklifts…
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How Kansas employers can reduce their risk of being hit with retaliation lawsuits

How Kansas employers can reduce their risk of being hit with retaliation lawsuits

Employers are facing an increasing number of discrimination or retaliation accusations from former employees who say they were wrongfully terminated. Businesses can protect themselves from those types of allegations but don’t always win if matters are taken to court. Take for example a case involving a former Kansas City, Mo. television reporter who was awarded…
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Conduct these five self-audits to avoid being caught in government crackdowns

Conduct these five self-audits to avoid being caught in government crackdowns

Compliance audits are on the rise, meaning employers need to be aware of pitfalls that could result in penalties and fines. Increasingly, state and federal audits are being conducted to ensure companies large and small are complying with employment laws. Syndeo helps companies get in and stay in compliance. In Kansas, wage and hour audits…
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Employers gradually moving toward ‘contemporary’ approach to employee performance reviews

Employers gradually moving toward ‘contemporary’ approach to employee performance reviews

Today’s employees have different preferences on how they want to receive performance feedback. In some cases, the traditional annual performance evaluation is giving way to an approach that emphasizes managers and supervisors providing employees ongoing feedback throughout the year. “It is the contemporary way of doing things,” says Tonja Sowder, vice president of human resources…
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How to reduce the risk of workplace violence

How to reduce the risk of workplace violence

The shootings at the Henry Pratt Co. plant in Aurora, Ill. are a tragic reminder of how deadly confrontations in the workplace are all too real. These types of situations give employers a more heightened awareness about the possibility for violence to occur. But steps can be taken to help lessen the risk, human resources…
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Getting a seat at the executive table: 6 keys to strategic leadership

Getting a seat at the executive table: 6 keys to strategic leadership

More respect. More say in company decisions. A seat at the executive conference table. These are the things most managers, department heads and team leads want. At the same time, C-suite executives want their leaders to be more strategic and proactive. Here are six actionable ways you can increase your strategic leadership skills AND impact…
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