Sunday, December 18, 2011

Show me the money !!

It is getting close to the end of another calendar year,  All sole-proprieters will be counting there piles of money ... or maybe not??  What was 2011 really like for you?

Just barely holding on...or did you discover something new.   A new way of doing business or a new product that is driving your ROI wild?

If you are happy with the results of YOUR 2011 - tell us about it in the comments section.

If YOUR 2011 was less than stellar - tell us what YOU think happened.

What will YOU change in 2012?


Do you need more productivity in your business?

Tips to grow your business

Small business HR

Here is a new social media idea that you can use in your business - The Hive.
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1.  I love to be appreciated ... and so do YOUR employees....
      Joy Vas, CHRP - HRNC

2.  Tell your employees what they did right - and be specific....
      1001 Ways to Reward Employees - Money isn't Everything by Bob Nelson

3.  Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power....
     Abraham Lincoln

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fatal accidents in the workplace.

Small Business HR
Fatal accidents - does anyone have the actual numbers with ages available?
My experience in the Niagara Region has been young workers and lack of training when working with machinery or around machinery. ex: Boom truck operator hits overhead power line and 18 year old killed by touching electrified truck; or Take Your Kid to Work Day at (John Deere-now closed) 14 year olds driving gator in yard (no training) hit the transport bed backing up to dock. Examples of deaths in the workplace - not injuries. They are still happening. I do not know the age of the electrician who was recently killed at the GM plant when crushed by a crane against pipes - probably still under investigation. What is happening? Workers are still dying on the job - not just loosing fingers in a saw! Am I the only one aware of this? Have the safety procedures been taught? They were not taught to the dead 18 year old and neither were they taught to the 14 year old. There have been many changes in safety procedures since two of these deaths. But an electrician still died - May he rest in peace and God be with his family.
Comment from LinkedIn Poll on Canadian HR Law

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Accessible customer service standard for AODA effective January 1, 2012


  • Accessible customer service is as simple as making some small changes and training your staff to serve customers of all abilities, such as:
  • Accommodating a customer's service dog.
  • Writing down the answer to a question for someone who is Deaf.
  • Using plain language and speaking in short sentences when helping someone with a developmental disability.
  • More than 1.85 million Ontarians have a disability and this number is quickly rising as the population ages.
  • By 2017, for the first time, Ontarians aged 65 and over will account for a larger share of the population than children aged 0-14.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Oxford Plastics Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

Oxford Plastics Inc. Fined $50,000 After Worker Injured

November 30, 2011
Woodstock, ON - Oxford Plastics Inc., a manufacturer of plastic products, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On March 19, 2010, at the company's Embro, ON facility, a worker was making an adjustment to a machine that held large coils of plastic tubing. The worker was underneath the plastic tubing when one of the coils fell off. The worker was struck and injured. A second worker was also injured trying to assist the first.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the coils had not been secured against tipping or falling.
Oxford Plastics Inc. was found guilty of the following:
  • Failing to ensure that the coils of plastic tubing were secured against tipping or falling
  • Failing to take the reasonable precaution of securing or blocking the motion of the coils while a worker was underneath
  • Failing to take the reasonable precaution of conducting a hazard analysis on the machine in question
The fine was imposed by Justice Thomas McKeogh. In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.