Day Without Immigrants: Dealing with Protests

Protests impact businesses. There’s no arguing that.

Everyone today will be affected by the immigrant protests in some way, whether it’s noticing that there is a strange pattern in traffic, finding an empty desk at work, not being able to go to your favorite restaurant, or hearing about it on the news.

Originally the protest started with having undocumented immigrants protest by staying home from work, not attending school, not going shopping, not eating out, not going to restaurants etc… However, many people who are related to immigrants are choosing to protest as well.

With all of the protests, employers are beginning feel the stress of people who are protesting affect their businesses and bottom line. After all, business must still go on.

So, how should HR professionals deal with the protests?

Here are some tips and tricks to keep yourself out of trouble:

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Try Before You Hire: The Week Long Interview

As a HR Generalist, recruiting is one of the hardest things that you will do. In fact, it’s so difficult, it’s oftentimes split up into a separate Recruiting role. And it’s not even finding the qualifications either, it’s trying to find the right person who is the perfect fit with everyone. Even if everything on paper was perfect, great education, wonderful experiences, clean background check, spot on recommendations, it’s still no guarantee that the placement or hiring of a new person is going to work out.

And the stakes are 10 times higher when you’re working in a startup environment where person may have to wear 20 different hats, how do you figure who will thrive and who might go off the deep end?

So how do you people find the best people?

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Dealing with Hazard Communication: The Basics

Hazard Communication Training 101

Nicknamed: HazCom

So, OSHA has decided to drop in and you’re in a pickle because as far as you know, you “think” everything is up-to-date. Where do you start and why on earth is this an HR problem?

Safety is such a large part of a manufacturing environment, this could probably be its own 30 book collection of posts. But in the interest of time and saving your sanity, here’s the quick and dirty.

What is HazCom?

HazCom is a program that is run under the United States Department of Labor and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The program is geared to the idea that all employees have the right to know what hazardous chemicals they are using and handling.

OSHA has now adopted the Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) per the United Nations as part of their system of classifying, labeling, and maintaining data on hazardous chemicals.

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DANGER – HazCom vs HazMat Training 

So, I had a lovely surprise to my day today. The Toxics Management Division decided that they wanted to drop in and do a Hazardous Materials Inspection and Violation Report.

Needless to say, I’ve never worked in a manufacturing industry before, so imagine my surprise when they informed me that I was in charge of walking the person through it. But I’m just the HR girl, and apparently it suddenly became my responsibility since my Operations Manager was gone.

There are over 1000s of codes on what could or could not be a violation but let’s go over a very simple Human Resources one with a quick fix.

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5 Things We Take for Granted at Work

Two and a half weeks ago, I went to watch Hidden Figures it was a great movie. However, from an HR perspective, the movie is phenomenal. Hidden Figures is movie based on three African American women who worked for NASA and their contributions to NASA.

The setting is in 1961.

For anyone who works in HR in the United States, you’ll notice the date is a full three years BEFORE the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title VII.

In the new age of company lunches, nap pods, and other enticing benefits, we never think about things that we take for granted so here are some of the moments in the movie that really rang true.

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