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Make Workplace Health and Safety your Priority

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to keep employees safe at work. By creating and implementing a strong health and safety policy within your organization, you will maintain a happy and healthy workforce for years to come.

Occupational health and safety refers to the health, safety and overall well-being of people at work. Injuries at work are not only costly for employers, but also have a detrimental impact on productivity and can harm the public perception of your organization. With North American Occupational Safety and Health week only days away, it’s time to reflect on your organization’s workplace health and safety program. To help you get started, we’ve provided some techniques that you can implement to make your work environment a safer place.

1) Have a health and safety policy in place

Under Canadian health and safety legislation, all employers are required to provide their staff with a written occupational health and safety policy to minimize risks and keep employees safe. When writing your health and safety policy, include safe work procedures, identify potential hazards and outline rights and responsibilities of all levels of staff. Keep your policy up to date by scheduling an annual review or review it whenever job functions change. Make sure it is written in that all levels of staff can understand and have it signed by upper management to acknowledge your organization’s commitment to health and safety in the workplace.

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2) Proper training of new employees

Strong workplace health and safety begins with thorough training. Along with training on specific job functions and the tools and equipment required on the job, incorporate a health and safety orientation into your new hire training sessions. Create a checklist to ensure you’re addressing all the necessary topics and make sure to cover rights and responsibilities, workplace hazards, safe work procedures, and emergency response procedures. You can also create a training manual for new staff. Be sure to update with new policies and practices as they emerge. And don’t limit training to new hires! Even the most tenured staff member can benefit from a routine refresher training session to improve the quality of safe work in your organization.

3) Build a health and safety committee

Your company’s occupational or joint health and safety committee is responsible for putting your health and safety policy into practice. The committee should combine members from upper management and all levels of staff to work together and resolve potential hazards or safety concerns within the workplace. When creating your committee, an equal ratio of management to staff should be selected. Your industry’s health and safety legislation will dictate how many members are required for your committee. Members should be adequately trained on workplace health and safety. For more information on building your health and safety committee, take a look at the additional resources provided by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

4) Conduct monthly health and safety inspections

With your joint health and safety committee in place, schedule monthly inspections to actively look for ways to increase health and safety within the workplace. Test all emergency response systems including fire detectors. Check the fire extinguisher to make sure the pin is intact and the seal is unbroken. Keep an eye out for obstructions to emergency exits. Be mindful of seasonal changes that may affect your staff’s safety, such as wet floors from melting snow or cold drafts from windows. Acknowledge these potential hazards and put measures in place to correct them before they cause accidents.

5) Have an accident investigation program

Any incident in the workplace that either resulted or could have resulted in injuries, illnesses, health issues or fatalities should be considered an accident that needs to be investigated. Investigations are an important step in identifying the cause of the accident and being able to eliminate hazards that can cause repeat injuries. Accident investigators should assess the scene to make sure it is safe, speak with witnesses, identify the root cause and provide recommendations for corrective actions. Find more on creating your accident investigation program here.

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6) Personal protective equipment

Educate employees on the importance of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and provide adequate signage around areas that require employees to wear PPE. Put in place a PPE policy that outlines what’s required as well as when and where it must be worn. Providing compensation for PPE will ensure that employees purchase items such as steel toe boots that are comfortable to wear over long periods. Don’t forget to lead by example and follow the PPE rules you have put in place.

7) Provide annual maintenance on all equipment and machines

Regardless of the performance of your equipment and machines, routine maintenance is recommended for a reason. Regular maintenance helps to eliminate injuries caused by malfunctioning equipment or machines. A lockout/tag out program should be in place for machines that require maintenance to identify them and keep them from future use until the machine has been assessed and repaired.

8) Keep the workplace clean

A clean workplace means a healthy workplace. Air quality and tripping hazards are just a couple of reasons why cleanliness at work is essential to occupational health and safety. Maintain proper housekeeping at work by having all employees clean their work space before leaving every day to minimize potential hazards. Wipe down floors that may have been affected by spilled oil or grease and return equipment to their proper storage to avoid accidents such as trips, slips and falls.

9) Reward good health and safety practices

Motivate employees to maintain proper health and safety practices by rewarding or acknowledging colleagues who consistently follow safety procedures. A recognition program reiterates to employees that their actions are being monitored while also making it clear that health and safety is the responsibility of everyone. A recognition program encourages fellow employees to make conscious, safe decisions in the workplace.

By implementing proper health and safety procedures within your organization you will reduce accidents and maintain a happy and healthy workforce. For more reading, we’ve provided even more helpful tips here.

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LinkedIn Profile Tips to Get Noticed

LinkedIn is a powerful networking tool, connecting qualified candidates to top employers. So it’s no secret that top recruiters use LinkedIn to find qualified candidates to fill their positions. Are you taking advantage of the full potential your LinkedIn profile has to offer? Crafting the perfect LinkedIn profile that generates results is closer than you think!

For professional advice on how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out, rely on the professionals at Adecco. With 46 years of experience, the experts at Adecco Canada have been connecting top candidates with some of the best employers worldwide. To help you build an effective LinkedIn profile, check out Adecco’s tips to creating a LinkedIn profile that gets you noticed!

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Administrative Professionals Day 2019: Skills You Need to Succeed as an Admin

Administrative Professionals Day is a day to recognize the office professionals that keep businesses running smoothly. Ever wonder what it takes to be an administrative professional? We’re looking at the skills that help administrative professionals make businesses work. 

Though administrative professionals are often the unsung heroes of the office, on April 24th we celebrate the contributions these employees make to the workplace. This Administrative Professionals Day, join us as we look at the many skills that are key to an administrative assistant job description. So, whether you’re looking for administration jobs, thinking about entering the field, or just brushing up on your resume, here are the top six skills you develop as an administrative professional.

1. Time management and organizational skills

Successful administrative professionals have one thing in common: superb time management and organizational skills. With multiple essential and often times sensitive responsibilities to tackle throughout the day, there is a focus on effective time management and organization to skillfully manage the workload.

2. Creative problem-solving skills

From troubleshooting and providing technical support when required, to assisting with employee and client relations, an office environment is riddled with time-sensitive problems. As the office administrative professional, it is your responsibility to keep the business’s policies in mind and find a quick resolution to keep the office running smoothly.

3. Software competency and computer skills

From Microsoft Office Suite to CRMs, as the office administrative professional, you are expected to know and excel in them all. These productivity and organizational programs maintain the flow of business in the office. With these skills, you’ll be able to rule the office!

4. High attention to detail

Whether acknowledged or not, administrative professionals fill an essential role for the organization’s operations. Supporting every department within the office requires strong attention to detail for administrative professionals to accurately complete projects or work assignments. An error on even the smallest detail can have a ripple effect on the entire organization.

5. Multi-tasking

No two days for an administrative professional are ever the same. Their job and responsibilities shift based on business demands and colleague needs. As top priority tasks accumulate throughout the day, it is the duty of the administrative team to multitask to efficiently complete their workload and projects in a timely manner.

6. Communication

An obvious, yet under recognized skill, strong communication is essential for every aspect of an administrative professional’s job. After all, administrative colleagues are responsible for communication such as coordinating meetings, presentations, workshops, training sessions, memos, reports and so much more.

 

Are you ready for a challenging and rewarding career as an administrative professional? Adecco has you covered. Check out our full range of administrative positions available  and visit your local branch to register today!

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Establishing your corporate social responsibility program

A well-executed corporate social responsibility program integrates a company’s commitment to global well-being into their business plan, creating a business model that is both profitable and  charitable.

Implementing a corporate social responsibility program within your organization is a win-win. While implementing programs that benefit your community, CSR programs can also create positive brand association for your business. Check out Adecco’s guide to establishing your corporate social responsibility program for help understanding corporate social responsibility and developing your own CSR program.

What is corporate social responsibility?

Simply put, a corporate social responsibility program helps hold companies accountable for the economic, social and environmental impact they have on society. A company’s CSR efforts work to improve local and global communities and can include donating funds or resources, volunteering, and initiating environmental practices.

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What’s in it for your business?

If executed successfully, the benefits of corporate social responsibility for your organization are vast. Consumers are becoming better educated about where they spend their money, increasingly basing purchase decisions on more than the product or service themselves. In fact, 87% of consumers will make a purchase because the company advocated for an issue important to them. Undoubtedly, giving back to society helps make the world a better place, but it also improves public image of your brand, increases employee attraction and retention, and fosters relationships with investors.

Corporate social responsibility and success

What do some of the top Fortune 500 companies have in common? A successful CSR program that boosts their public image while contributing to the global community.

Starbucks lives and breathes CSR in every aspect of their business. They are committed to sourcing ethically-produced products, strengthening local communities and reducing their environmental impact through green stores, packaging and energy efficiency.

H&M has incorporated corporate social responsibility into their business by committing to fair living wages for workers in factories and creating sustainable fashion. Also, through their partnership with WWF, H&M focuses on responsible water management.

Ready to start your corporate social responsibility program?

Consider these helpful tips:

  1. Select a cause that fits within your corporate culture and organizational values. This will ensure your CSR efforts are authentic to your business. For example, if your business is in the food industry, create a program that provides food to those who need it or purchase your ingredients from local farmers.
  2. Create a plan of attack and identify metrics to hold your business accountable. Building your corporate social responsibility program into your business model will help to keep your business decisions in-line with your CSR values.
  3. Involve your employees and customers in donations or volunteering efforts. Getting your staff and audience involved emphasizes your dedication to the cause and reiterates your corporate social responsibility values.
  4. Publicize your corporate social responsibility accomplishments. This will highlight your commitment to making the world a better place, helping draw attention to the cause while also promoting positive brand recognition among your customers and colleagues alike.

Here at Adecco, we value the importance of a corporate social responsibility program to leave a positive impact on our global community. Our Win4Youth program unites employees, clients and associates in fitness to support Plan International’s efforts to improve young people’s lives through education and employment. Learn more about the Win4Youth program and start tracking your kilometres and activity hours at http://www.win4youth.com.

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Resume Help: Make an Impact

Building the perfect resume isn’t just a technique, it’s a science. Crafting a resume that highlights your skills, exemplifies your experience and mirrors what the organization is looking for is essential to opening that first door in your job search.

For practical job advice that guarantees results, turn to the experts at Adecco. We’ve been placing qualified candidates in high paying positions with some of the best companies for over 40 years! Looking for help on your job hunt? Check out our resume help guide to create an impactful resume and contact your local Adecco branch to register today!

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Preparing for Behavioural Interview Questions as a New Grad

 Behavioural based interview questions essentially give an interviewer an idea of how you’ve performed and behaved in the past based on actual results and scenarios. When compared to traditional interviews, behavioural interview questions are said to be 55% predictive of future on-the-job behaviour, whereas traditional is only 10% — making them increasingly popular today. As a recent grad or student with limited professional experience, it may be challenging to showcase your future on-the-job behaviour, so interview preparation is key.

The behavioural interview question style is being adopted by many top employers globally. Responses to these questions allow hiring managers to gain insight into past behavioural patterns to help predict future actions and select the best fit for their organization. To knock your interview out of the park, it’s vital to form structured responses that highlight your skills, competencies and experiences. It can be difficult to know where to start, so we’ve compiled five simple steps so you can ace any behavioural interview questions that come your way.

1. Recognize the skills required for the job

Study the skills that are outlined in the job description since it’s the perfect insight into what they’re looking for. A thorough understanding of these skills is a great way to anticipate the behavioural interview questions they may ask to gauge your proficiency as it relates to these skills. For example, if time management is a sought-after skill, the interviewer may ask you to describe a situation where you had to be strategic to meet your priorities.

2. Consider your varying experience

Entering the workforce as a new grad may leave you feeling like you’re lacking in experience. But don’t forget, experience is gained through more than a job. As a new grad, you’ve accumulated a great amount of experience through your education, group projects, exam preparation, co-ops or volunteer work, and maybe even your part-time work. Take the time to review your past experiences to identify when and how you harnessed the skills and transferable experience required for the position.

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3. Showcase your talents and skills

Your answers should not just exemplify your priorities and values, they should also highlight your talents and skills. Showcase some of your best attributes which could be communication, organization, creativity, responsibility and stress management. Include in your answers the qualities needed to be successful within the position. Use real-life examples to demonstrate to the hiring manager what makes you the best candidate for the job.

4. Structure your answers

Structuring your answers is a sure way to guarantee that you have painted a complete picture for the interviewer. Employ the STAR method — situation, task, action and result! Describe how the situation unfolded, identify your task at hand, detail the action you completed and explain the results of your actions. Pre-develop your answers to keep them in line and focused, ensuring you don’t lose direction from the question at hand and provide the interviewer with a clear and concise response.

5. Practice your responses

Practice truly does make perfect. Simulate the interview experience with help from family or friends. Provide them with some common behavioural questions and even let them improvise with their own. Practicing your structured responses will help you gain the confidence you need to be successful in the interview process and to fine tune your answers along the way.

Fire up your job search with the help of an Adecco recruiter. With access to hundreds of positions and resources to help you nail the toughest interviews, Adecco can fast track your entrance into the workforce with the career of your dreams. Contact your local Adecco branch today!

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