Handling Driver’s Stress

May 22, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Managing stress is a difficult task most face every day. However, this becomes even more difficult the second we get behind the wheel. Driving can create additional anxiety which can make life that much tougher. It is important to understand these feelings and work to control, and eventually minimize, that source of stress in your life. Crazy traffic, detours, and parking issues are all problems we face so often, they have become a part of our daily routine. Unfortunately, these small irritants come together to create a bigger problem our minds under extra stress day after day. ...

Work-Life Balance: Solving the Elusive Conundrum

May 08, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Life is more than punching a clock everyday. To truly enjoy life and one’s work, it is essential to strike a balance between your business life and your personal life. The demands of a job often put a strain on families. Take a minute to assess your Work/Life Balance. Ask yourself questions such as: Do you feel stressed out most of the time? Do you feel you don’t have time for yourself – or your family and friends? Do you wish you ...

Maintaining Meaningful Connections

May 01, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Research has consistently shown that daily social interactions increase quality of life. So ask yourself - did anyone say good morning to you today? Did you smile, say it back and include sincerity in your words? Do you know their name? Think of all the connections you make with others throughout the day. Social connectedness isn't simply about the number of online connections you have, but the quality of your relationships. University of Chicago Psychology Professor, Dr. John Cacioppo, has come up with three dimensions of social connectedness:

Employee Recognition – Part II

April 17, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Recognition is defined as the acknowledgment of achievement, service, merit, etc.  Employee recognition is a necessary element to employers as well as employees. It is a tool that can be used to communicate and positively reinforce an employee's value to the company. Also, it makes employees feel appreciated which has a direct impact on retention. Reward is defined as a thing given in recognition of one's achievement, service, or effort.  Reward and recognition go hand in hand but they are not synonymous. A person can be recognized without receiving ...

Employee Recognition

April 03, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

If you google “Employee Recognition” there’s all sorts of information on gifts and awards employers can provide to employees.  Low cost / high impact awards, memorable awards, select your gift, engage your team and attain your goals, highest rated products, staff appreciation ideas that won’t break the bank, and on and on………….. Gifts are great, who doesn’t like to receive a gift?  However, the key to effective employee recognition is the personal touch.  I recently saw a Facebook post of an acquaintance who received a promotion.  She excitedly posted a picture of the flowers she received from ...

Reflections on the Pillars of Wellness

March 13, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Oprah, the Harvard Business Review, and even the National Guard are all talking about the “pillars” of wellness, and when Oprah had guest Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness, on her show in 2011, you knew you would be hearing more about pillars. Six years later, the trend continues when it comes to reflecting on these aspects as part of building a robust workplace wellness program. Kathy Freston said there were eight: 1. Meditation 2. Conscious eating 3. Exercise 4. ...

Attention HR Professionals – SCAM Alert!

February 28, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

There is a scam hitting HR professionals, targeting employee tax information.  The emails appear to be real emails from a company executive, asking HR to send them W2’s or other employee tax information.  A second email follows, stating the executive is working from home, and to send the W2’s to their home email address.  In reported circumstances, the initial email looked like it came from the actual work address, when in reality they were from remote countries.  If you get an email like this, please call the appropriate ...

Workplace Behavior Series: Navigating the Landscape in 2017

February 27, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Civility. It seems like such a simple thing, and while we all try to be on our best behavior there is always room for improvement.  Most people finds themselves having one or two moments of uncivility. It may have been unintentional such as being late for a meeting or being a willing participant in office gossip. Conversely, it may have been intentional such as being derogatory towards an individual. The fact is it happens to all of us at one time or another. That is why now more than ever it is extremely important to establish, encourage, and ...

Employers must post 300A – February 1st

January 30, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   YPHR Blog

Employers must post 300A injury/illness summary form February through April OSHA is reminding covered employers to post OSHA's Form 300A which summarizes the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2016. The summary must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2017, and should be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted.  Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid ...

Employment Law Wrap Up – A Review of 2016

January 09, 2017  |   Posted by :   |   Uncategorized,YPHR Blog

Last year was a busy year in the areas of Human Resources and Employment Law.  Here is a brief summary of some of the recent changes in both Ohio and Federal employment laws in 2016.   December 19, 2016: Governor Kasich signed a bill restricting Ohio’s municipalities from establishing minimum wage requirements that exceed the State’s minimum wage.  This is in direct response to the effort to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15/hour, and similar efforts in other cities.  While this could be subject to legal challenge, ...