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The 5 New Rules of Face-To-Face Communication

Have you ever had this internal conversation: Why meet when you can call? Why call when you can e-mail? Why e-mail when you can text? Why text when you can tweet?
I have this internal conversation daily.

For many Millennials (myself included), the art of face-to-face communication seems archaic and outdated since we can shoot off a text or tweet in a few finger flicks or can connect with a team instantly via Google+ Hangouts. However, face-to-face communication is alive and well; if used correctly it can make you stand out in today’s crowded talent pool.

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Motion is Money

As the workforce ages, soft tissue injuries become the leading frequency and severity loss drivers in warehousing/distribution. Motion is Money is a focused process designed to address the musculoskeletal disorder risk factors driving these losses while positively affecting the production, efficiency, and quality of operations.

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Give Your Company World-Class Customer Service

When was the last time you were absolutely “wowed” by the service you received? When you bought your last car? At a restaurant? Or possibly when ordering something on the Internet?

The reality is that everyone wants to be treated like a business’ only customer, yet we are rarely treated to exceptional customer service in our daily activities. And that’s good for you and your electrical contracting business.

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More Executive Orders, Rulemakings Issued Targeting Federal Contracting Community

On July 31, the Obama Administration issued another executive order (EO) targeted at the federal contracting community. The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order creates a “look-back” requirement for contractors to disclose violations of a number of state and federal safety or wage-related laws and regulations over the past three years when bidding for a federal contract over $500,000. Even after a federal contract is awarded, a contractor will still be required to self-report on labor law violations and, if applicable, the violations of its covered subcontractors to the federal contracting agency every six months. Contractors that disclose violations will have an opportunity to document any actions they have taken to correct the violations and improve compliance. However, a recorded violation can still put a contractor in jeopardy of contract termination, suspension, or even disbarment from future opportunities to do business with the federal government depending on the agency’s assessment of their disclosures.

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Personal Protective Equipment

More than likely the old cliché of “Dress for Success” is a familiar phrase but one could argue that it takes on an entire new meaning when used in reference to an electrical worker. Appropriate dress can make a difference for electrical workers. Professionals working with electricity, including installers and inspectors, need to understand that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job is important if not critical to a better chance of a trip home and not to some other less desirable destination. It also just happens to be something OSHA finds very important. Personal protective equipment is not just something you buy and put on like other clothing, this equipment is life safety related and should be handled, treated, and understood as such.

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Troubleshooting Success is a Mix of Personality and Process

The keys to making money and enjoying a long and healthy career, according to a couple of veteran electrical troubleshooting pros, are: Live by the three Ps and follow a proven problem-solving process.

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How to Survive an OSHA Audit

“Hello. I’m from OSHA and I am here to help you.”

If you own or operate a business, chances are you have heard these dreaded words before. Next to, “Hello. I’m from the Internal Revenue Service,” there are few greetings more inclined to make your knees weak. But it doesn’t have to be that bad.

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When Does it Make Sense to Outsource Payroll?

Payroll processing can be cumbersome for any industry…but nothing compares to the complexities of construction payroll.

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Get Your Compensation Systems in Good Order for the Market Upswing

Is it easy in your market to recruit and retain top estimators, project managers, and superintendents? Have you been surprised by the recent turnover of a high-potential employee? Many of your peers have. Just a year or two ago, FMI was hearing from clients that there was plenty of available talent on the street because of downsizing during the recession.

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A Good Employment Policy Involves More Than Just Hiring

Business owners frequently ask, “What can I do to avoid a wrongful termination charge by an employee?” The easy answer is, “Don’t hire the wrong person for the job.” The reality is that one day every business owner will face the unpleasant task of having to terminate an employee for one reason or another. The question then becomes, “How can a business retain good employees and avoid terminations?”

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