Summer is around the corner, and depending on your area of expertise, your business might be gearing up for a busy season. We have a few suggestions to make your seasonal employee recruitment process as smooth as possible if that is the case.
Start Searching Early
Begin drafting job descriptions and creating job listings sooner rather than later. Starting this process early can position your company ahead of the curve and give you an advantage over businesses that have not announced they are hiring.
Another benefit of beginning early is that you will have more time to review applications, conduct interviews, and train the new employees. The end goal is to ensure that this process is complete before business picks up for the season.
A fully trained and vetted team is better equipped to handle busier business days, which can keep your customers—and employees—happy and stress-free.
Be Specific in Your Job Description
If you are hiring for seasonal or temporary positions, always include those keywords in the job description. In addition, state any relevant start and end dates of the position so that applicants know what to expect.
This information can weed out applicants only interested in full-time employment and save you the time and effort to examine applications that do not meet your business needs.
Employee Orientation and Training
Regardless of whether your new employee is seasonal or full-time, they should be given an orientation. During this orientation, include all necessary training information and make sure to walk them through potential workplace hazards. An informed employee is more likely to remain a safe employee.
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Spring has sprung, warmer weather is hopefully around the corner, and Easter is fast approaching. If you are interested in a fun activity that uses items you should already have in your home, look no further than egg dyeing. The fun thing about dyeing your Easter Eggs is that you can make the process as easy or complex as possible. So, create your mini works of art and have fun with your family.
Food Dye (in your color of choice)
Hard Boil the Eggs
To begin, hard boil your chosen eggs. If you are completing this section with your children, make sure they stay supervised throughout. Learning how to boil eggs can be a fun experience, but it is crucial to ensure their safety.
Allow the hard-boiled eggs to cool before moving on to the next step. While you wait, you can start prepping the dyes you want to use.
Prepare the Dye
Boil more water and then pour it into heat-resistant cups or bowls. Using heat-resistant containers is essential to reduce the likelihood of glass shattering. Stir a teaspoon of vinegar into each bowl of hot water, then add the drops of food coloring.
Do you want your dyed eggs to be pastel or vibrant? The amount of food coloring you add to the water and vinegar mixture will directly impact the intensity of the color. It is recommended that you start with ten drops of food coloring, but feel free to experiment.
Time to Dye Eggs!
Once the hard-boiled eggs are cooled, and you have mixed up your dye solution, it is time to get creative. If you are dyeing eggs with your children, you may want to ensure they wear old clothing. The dye could cause permanent staining, so save their Easter best for the photo session with the finished eggs.
Dip the eggs into the dye solution. If you do not want to risk dyeing your fingers, you can place the egg inside a whisk and dip it.
Do you want to level up your egg dyeing experience? Grab a box of wax crayons and draw a design on the egg. When you dip the egg into the dye, the wax from the crayon will keep the dye from sticking. You could also add stickers to your finished eggs.
We hope you and your family enjoy this fun Easter activity and create magnificent Easter Eggs! At Allied Insurance Managers, our goal is to ensure that you can focus on spending time with your family. At the same time, we are hard at work protecting you through personal insurance, homeowners’ insurance, auto insurance, and other policies. Are you ready to learn more about our insurance policies?
According to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MISOSHA), there were 46 workplace fatalities reported in 2021. Any loss of life or injury is a tragedy that should be prevented whenever possible. Therefore, ensuring that your employees have a safe working environment is paramount. Their safety is your responsibility, and we want to help you help them! Keep reading for workplace safety tips.
Create Emergency Procedures
Sometimes, despite the best attempts at prevention, emergencies do happen. Creating a game plan will allow employees to address and assess dangerous situations accurately if they occur.
Always ensure that your written safety plan is always easily accessible and visible. You could also hold regular training sessions to walk through workplace hazards with your team and how to address them.
Chemicals and Other Toxic Substances
Did you know that many workers are unaware of chemicals and other potential hazards in their work environment? Lack of knowledge makes your employees vulnerable to exposure and injury.
Transparency is critical if your employees need to handle chemicals or other toxic substances daily. Ensure that you adequately disclose what they will be working with and provide the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
Maintaining a clean workplace can increase productivity and protect your employees. Clients who enter your business will also be more likely to return to your business if they have a pleasant experience in your clean office environment.
All hallways and doorways should remain clutter-free to avoid tripping hazards. In addition, regularly check all emergency exits to ensure that they are never blocked.
Does your office have lots of computers and printers? Keep an eye out for tangled cords. An employee could easily trip on a loose cable, and it is always good practice to avoid accidentally unplugging computers. Of course, any unsaved documents will be thankful!
Do your employees have access to properly maintained and undamaged PPE? All PPE should be designed and maintained cleanly and reliably. Implement a training program so employees know how to use and fit PPE effectively.
We hope these workplace safety tips allow you to protect your employees. Are you interested in learning more about our business insurance options? From fast-growing businesses to large enterprises, we have a full suite of insurance programs that can help protect or reduce your company’s risk.