No fault absenteeism is a type of workplace attendance policy. Despite its name, it is not meant to imply that employers will allow employees to call off work as much as they wish. On the contrary – in workplaces where this type of policy is in place, there is no such thing as an excused or unexcused absence. Whether an employee calls off sick or they simply call off so they can take advantage of sales at their favorite mall, the day off is counted as an absence on a work attendance record.

Employers implement these policies for a variety of reasons, such as ease of use and as a way to eliminate favoritism. Employees with excessive absenteeism are subject to disciplinary action. One example would be if an employee uses more sick time than what is allotted in the employee benefits plan.

The very nature of a policy where all absences, regardless of cause, may lead to disciplinary action lends itself to negative criticism. Employees often feel there is a lack of flexibility in no fault policies. Even absences due to illnesses that require a doctor’s care (such as the flu) or a death not covered by a bereavement policy can lead to repercussions if an employee has excessive absences. This leads to questions of why absences such as these are held to such negative scrutiny. Employers argue that while they may be sympathetic to the cause of an absence, they must have a means to deal with lost productivity, dissatisfied customers and low morale that can be caused by a reduced workforce.

There are some exceptions to no fault absenteeism. Some of these are based on individual employer policies and others are state and/or federal mandates. These include:

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A recent report by psychologist Robert Hogan suggests that 75% of workers attribute their workplace stress to their immediate supervisor. This stress may be caused by working with an incompetent boss, or worse, a bullying boss. Incompetence may be solved by providing better supervisory training. Tackling a bullying problem may be a tougher task.

Employers must make a conscious choice to eliminate bullying from their businesses, but they may need to seek outside help to learn how tackle the issue. One answer would be to read The Bully-Free Workplace (Stop Jerks, Weasels, and Snakes From Killing Your Organization). The book was written by Gary and Ruth Namie of the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), internationally known for their research of this subject.

According to the WBI websiteworkplace bullying is defined as repeated abusive behavior that is harmful to a person’s health. It is committed by one or more people against one or more targets. Bullying is detrimental to business because it creates an atmosphere of mistrust and hampers productivity. Some bullying behaviors are verbal abuse, intimidation (including nonverbal behaviors), work sabotage, unfounded accusations, gossip and social ostracism.

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By Nina Amir

An enormous amount of content comes across the transom of social networks like Facebook. We share business and personal information, news, entertainment, inspiration, and a whole host of things in between. And we do this for a variety of reasons depending upon our goals. Those of us who engage in relationship marketing for business, however, want to attract potential customers and clients.

Call them friends, followers, tweeple, pinners, or a tribe, it’s all the same. We want our presence on social networks to work like a beacon shining into the darkness and guiding people to our pages on social networks and, ultimately, to our websites. Eventually, we also want the people who connect to us to purchase something from us. For that to happen, though, we first have to have something to say to these people. Actually, we have to have something worth reading.

It’s the words we write on these social networks that make people want to connect with us—to like our pages, subscribe to our updates, or follow us. And it’s by reading our status updates and the links we offer that they begin to trust and like us—and that’s why they buy our products and services.

Many relationship marketers don’t realize they are leaving one important potential product untouched—one they may have created already or could create as they continue their networking activities. It’s a product that also will enhance their trust factor and expert status. What is it? A book.

Stop and consider all the content you produce. It could be repurposed into a book, or, better yet, you could be writing that content as you network with the end goal of producing a book.

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 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates employers to maintain a safe workplace for employees. By creating a comprehensive workplace safety program, employers can take the necessary steps to protect workers from most injuries and illnesses while at work. Some of the starting points for an OSHA-compliant safety program include:

  • Wearing protective equipment such as goggles, helmets, gloves, etc.
  • Maintaining smoke/fire alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors in good working condition.
  • Ensuring easy access to alarms.
  • Using surge protectors with all electrical equipment and banning the use of extension cords.
  • Keeping cleaning supplies and other chemicals in secure cabinets.
  • Cleaning spills, using non-skid rugs and removing trip hazards from walk areas.
  • Encouraging the use of appropriate lifting techniques to avoid over-exertion.
  • Making repairs or replacing broken equipment.
  • Ensuring that thermostats are in good working order to control heat and air conditioning.
  • Restricting smoking to designated areas.
  • Conducting safety inspections of the physical plant at regular intervals.
  • Ensuring that employees maintain a respectful workplace environment free of harassment and bullying. These behaviors create distractions that decrease employee concentration and increase the likelihood for accidents.
  • Implementing a risk management program that includes reporting procedures for unsafe equipment or practices, analysis of accident trends and corrective measures taken, and consistent review and revision of company safety policies.

Chemical Safety

OSHA mandates that employers have a hazard communication program in place that supplies employees information for each chemical used in the workplace. Employee training is required to ensure proper understanding of the hazard communication program. Employees have the right to know what chemicals they are using and how to properly use them. One form of communication used is the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This form supplies the user with useful information about the chemical they are using, such as precautions to use when handling a chemical, how to dispose of it and what to do if it is accidentally ingested, inhaled or makes contact with skin.

Fire Safety

No matter where people work, fire is always a potential danger. Common causes of fires include defective electrical equipment or wiring and smoking. Employees must be trained in fire prevention procedures as well as how to handle a fire emergency. Fire drills can ensure that people are adequately prepared in the event of an actual emergency. Employers should also hold annual training in the use of fire extinguishers.

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 Workplace violence occurs when harmful acts or threats of harmful acts are committed against persons while in their work setting. According to an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fact sheet, workplace violence can be anything from verbal threats or abuse, intimidation, or physical acts that result in injuries or homicide. It can occur in any workplace without exception, so all workers must be aware of the possibility of events that can lead to workplace violence. Nearly two million reports are received each year from people stating they were victims of workplace violence. There are assumed to be many cases that go unreported. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), there were 506 workplace homicides in 2010.

Causes of workplace violence

Several issues may cause people to make choices that are harmful to themselves or others in the workplace. These include mental illnesses, alcohol or drug abuse, and financial crises that are related to job loss. Workplace violence is often the result of a person’s inability to cope with these stressors, leaving them with the feeling that there is no alternative to solving their problems or dealing with the anger or fear they are experiencing.

Risk factors related to workplace violence

OSHA lists various risk factors for workplace violence. These factors include:

    • Jobs that involve the exchange of money with the public;
    • Unstable people in the workplace;
    • Work sites where alcohol is served;
    • Late night work shifts;
    • Work sites located in high crime areas;
    • Working alone or in small groups;
    • Jobs such as delivery drivers, healthcare professionals, public service workers, customer service agents and law enforcement personnel.

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FreewillFreewill by Elyse Draper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Freewill.” The plot was original and the characters were easy to relate to. The paranormal aspect of the book was full of refreshing twists unlike recent books in this genre. It was good to read something that hasn’t been rehashed over and over again like other authors do these days. No vampires or zombies here and that is great! Elyse does a great job of giving her characters life. The character James was creepy and in some ways he reminds me of someone I used to know; in fact, the similarities were uncanny and frightening! I am definitely looking forward to the next installment in this series! Keep up the great work, Elyse!

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This article is a very good read for people (like me) who  need help with establishing a “killer” blog.  I hope to put some of these tips into practice soon.  Knowing how my attention span is – well, we’ll see how well I do!

The time has come… I NEED to teach my mother how to blog. I have no problem teaching the theory of blogging or the “how to” stuff or even breaking it down to the simplest form so that she can do it herself and be successful. It’s the “finding the time” that is the hardest part. I’ve actually started recording short snippet videos for her and the last one I recorded was the video version on the article below about the types of blog posts.

Here are the 5 Types of Blog Posts

How you create your blog posts depend on the type of blog you are writing for and what the goal of that blog is.

If you want to keep your blog fresh and interesting, you should post often. Creating different types of blog posts will help to keep your audience interested. It will also keep you from getting bored with your blog.

It really doesn’t matter if you are blogging so that you can earn income from selling ads or affiliate products off your blog, selling your own products or services. You should try mixing it up with these 5 types of blog posts.

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