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June 2020

By Brie DeLisi Prior to COVID-19, OSHA inspections were already on a decline, “the average number of OSHA inspections per year under this administration is more than 5,000 inspections less per year than the average number of inspections” under previous administrations, according to an NELP data brief. During COVID-19, employee complaints soared while OSHA inspections have nearly halted. Additionally, OSHA has only provided recommendations for COVID-19 employer response – with no enforceable guidelines. Organizational response to this lack of enforcement and oversight is a clear indication of safety culture. Some organizations may look at this as a reason to relax safety measures and

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD Mindfulness-based interventions have been shown to be a helpful workplace tool for many individuals. They are associated with great outcomes like reductions in stress and negative affectivity. But there are still a few interesting questions remaining… • Do these interventions only work for people in certain occupations (e.g., education and health)? • Do these interventions fail for people in certain social contexts (e.g., when they are surrounded by individuals who think mindfulness if a waste of time)? A recent study explored these questions. The best way to determine if an intervention works is to test it experimentally by randomly assigning

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By Josh Williams, Ph. D. Leaders need to make sure they set intelligence safety goals to improve performance and prevent SIFs. Proper goal setting helps field leaders and employees understand the value of a unified greater purpose. They also set objective, actionable behaviors which should be integrated into daily activities. Research demonstrates that there is a statistically significant reduction in injuries when leaders effectively articulate a compelling vision and inspire employees to work towards goals that meet that mission (Hoffmeister et al., 2014). Also, a 10% improvement in employee’s understanding of organizational values and goals results in a 12.7% reduction in

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By Eric Johnson Supply chain is an area where substantial savings can be captured due to the many impacts on production and operations. However, some management teams tend to shy away from large scale projects, only employing them when something breaks or sometimes when it's too late. A key approach here is to be proactive, and start when the first issues appear, which will allow a longer time frame to enact change. A large manufacturer of agriculture, construction, and forestry equipment had a large and diversified product field, consisting of heavy machinery for the consumer market and industrial equipment, which is made

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By Eric Johnson As we think through cost analysis opportunities, whether during times of crisis or during routine analysis, a key focal point is reducing extraneous costs to the business while maintaining the tools, processes, and skill sets that provide the value proposition to the customer. After hearing rumors in the marketplace that a new market entrant was poised to potentially steal market share in its home market, the COO of a concrete manufacturer decided to embark on a cost cutting initiative in anticipation of two potential scenarios; the first being a preemptive strike in lowering prices to give the new entrants

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD Learning organizations are those that acquire information, share it, process it, and use it for continual improvement. All teams must develop mechanisms and buy-in for supporting this knowledge sharing cycle, though it is particularly important that companies utilizing a flex work model do this well in order to succeed. Without a strong collective knowledge bank, it is likely your company will spend a lot of time taking one step forward and two steps back. When working in a virtual or remote team, knowledge will be dispersed. It is no longer an option to stop by someone’s office to

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