Human Resources Consulting MA: How to Improve Your Company’s Culture

Human Resources Consulting MA How to Improve Your Company’s CultureHuman Resources Consulting MA: How to Improve Your Company’s Culture

When potential candidates are searching for a job, one of the factors that they look at is the culture of the company they are applying to. A strong company culture can be defined in many ways. It may mean that your business is one of collaboration, or an office that likes to have a lot of fun. Other employees may prioritize open communication when they are looking at their company’s culture. Overall, a company’s culture should motivate people to work hard and stay with the business.

One of the first things you can do as a business owner to improve your company’s culture is to talk to your employees. Find out what you both expect from the job, as this will help you clarify your expectations of your staff and help you learn what motivates them. It can also send a message to your staff that collaboration and communication are important to your company.

Convincing your employees that your company’s culture is a collaborative one takes a lot more than words. You will need to take action based on those words. This follow-through is important, as it shows that you’ve taken your employees’ interests and concerns to heart. Reward individuals whose outstanding work exemplifies your culture, and take time to celebrate the anniversaries of employees who have worked long and hard for the company.

In addition to open communication and taking action, accountability is very important when it comes to your company’s culture. You will know if your culture is being built effectively if your employees are not only trying out new ideas but meeting expectations and commitments regularly. Their interests and needs will changes as your company grows, too, so take the time to re-evaluate these motivation factors if you find a change in performance.

At Sinclair Risk & Financial Management, we understand that human resource issues are an important component of an employer’s risk profile. This is why we offer comprehensive Human Resources Consulting MA services, including Employee Handbook Development, Employee Wellness Planning, and more. Please contact us today for more information at (877) 602-2305.

Florida Construction Insurance: How Contractors Find Jobs

FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION INSURANCE: JOB SEARCHING TIPSFlorida Construction Insurance: How Contractors Find Jobs

In recent months, the construction industry has been booming, making it more important than ever for construction firm managers and owners to find good, qualified contractors. Knowing what those potential employees are looking for in a job or construction company could help you acquire those candidates more easily.

As you know, there are many different types of jobs in the construction industry, ranging from installation, transportation, construction trade skills, and office or managerial positions. For contractors new to the construction industry, the main way to find construction jobs is by searching for companies or employers that are offering on-the-job apprenticeships or entry level positions. They also tend to look for job descriptions using keywords such as “construction labor” or “general labor”.

If contractors do have experience, and they have special certifications or trade skill training, they tend to use those skills as a starting point. They search for jobs using keywords that relate to their skill set, such as “plumber”, “electrician”, “carpenter”, etc.  It’s important to know also where and how these potential candidates do their research. They want to know everything they can about their potential employer and the position before they apply for the opportunity. They’ll typically look at your website and social media sites if you have them, and will probably talk to current and former employees.

Another important part of searching for a job in the construction field is professional networking. Contractors utilize this network to find “insiders” within the employer they want to work for who can help them identify the hiring authority, learn about the employer and the position. Typically, contractors will continue to pursue the people that they network with, so it’s a good idea to get representatives out there talking about your firm and bringing awareness to the current or future jobs you may be offering.

At Sinclair Risk & Financial Management, our construction specialists work with clients of all types and fully understand the diversity of this industry. Our customized Construction Insurance program is based on your unique needs. Just a couple of products we offer include Professional Liability Insurance and Workers’ Compensation. Please contact us at (877) 602-2305 for more information.

Miami Construction Insurance: Trends in Home Building

FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION INSURANCE: TRENDS IN HOME BUILDINGMiami Construction Insurance: Trends in Home Building

Home construction and remodeling has been picking up speed in the wake of the recent recession. Due to this, modern home builders are getting creative about their craftsmanship and focusing on what their customers are looking for. Overall, home buyers today seem to be focusing on quality and value. Here are some current trends in home building that can significantly increase curb appeal and home value.

Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly. Many homeowners are seeking long-term energy efficient solutions. Examples of this include the installation of occupancy sensors, systems that recover energy, high-efficiency heatng and cooling systems, and solar energy solutions.

Room to Grow. Today’s new homeowners aren’t looking for houses that they can sell for a profit in the near future. Instead, they’re looking for homes that their family can grow in for several decades. They want innovative spaces that allow for the simple integration of new technologies and building additions.

Connectivity. Modern homeowners want to be able to interact with their houses with a simple touch of a button, even when they’re away. The latest trends include the installation of standby generators that a homeowner can turn on or off from a computer or mobile device. Smart appliances are also in demand.

Knowing what modern home-buyers and homeowners are looking for can help your Miami construction firm attract and retain customers. At Sinclair Risk & Financial Management, our Miami, FL Construction Insurance specialists work with clients of all shapes and sizes and fully understand the diversity of this industry. To learn how we can best serve you, please contact us today at (877) 602-2305.

CT Contractors Insurance: Protecting Outdoor Workers from the Cold

CT CONTRACTORS INSURANCE PROTECTING OUTDOOR WORKERS FROM THE COLDCT Contractors Insurance: Protecting Outdoor Workers from the Cold

Earlier in January, we wrote about how to protect your home during a winter storm. In the post, we discussed how important it was to stay indoors as much as possible, given the risk of frostbite, hypothermia, and other weather-related injuries or accidents. This risk was demonstrated recently with the presence of the polar vortex on the east coast, which confined a lot of businesses and individuals to indoor settings only. However, what about people who work outdoor jobs?

According to OSHA representative Mandy Edens, workers who must be outdoors in below zero weather conditions are at risk of injury or even death. A cold environment forces the body to work harder to maintain its heat. Cold air, water and snow all draw heat from the body, increasing the risk of hypothermia, frostbite, and trench foot. So what are some preventative measures that you can encourage your construction staff to take if they must be outside in these conditions? Here are a few tips.

  • Plan for work in cold weather. Avoiding alcohol, certain medications, and smoking can actually help minimize risks, as can wearing appropriate clothing.
  • Wear at least three layers of clothing for work. An inner layer of wool, silk, or synthetic to wick moisture away from the body, a middle layer of wool or synthetic to provide insulation when wet, and an outer wind and rain protection layer.
  • Wear a hat or hood to help keep your whole body warmer. Hats reduce the amount of body heat that escape from your head.
  • Wear insulated boots or other footwear.
  • Keep extra clothing, including long underwear, handy in case you get wet and need to change.
  • Do not underestimate the wetting effects of perspiration. Oftentimes, wicking and venting of the body’s sweat and heat are more important than protecting from rain or snow.

With the right training and planning, employers can keep their employees safe during winter work, and potentially even reduce the risk for Worker’s Comp claims. At Sinclair Risk & Financial Management, our construction specialists work with clients of all kinds, and fully understand the diversity of this industry, from the independent contractor to the large building construction firm. Our Contractors Insurance policies include professional liability insurance, surety bonds, environmental liability, and more. Please contact us for more information at (877) 602-2305.

How Can Grocery Store Owners Prevent Food Contamination?

HOW CAN GROCERY STORE OWNERS PREVENT FOOD CONTAMINATIONHow Can Grocery Store Owners Prevent Food Contamination?

As a grocery store owner, you are likely aware that many times food contamination incidences are out of your control, as they may have originated from the food manufacturing plant, or products could have been compromised during shipment. However, there are steps that you and your staff can take at the store level to ensure that customers are getting the freshest groceries. Here are a few factors your staff should look at when stocking shelves.

Overall Cleanliness. Your grocery store should be clean, and there shouldn’t be any torn or broken packages or loads of perishables in the aisles waiting to be put away. Customers should feel comfortable coming into your store, and cleanliness is a good indicator of the freshness of the food they are purchasing.

Labels. Although most shoppers will check the “sell-by” and “use-by” dates themselves, it’s imperative that your staff be aware of these labels when filling the shelves. This is perhaps most important when it comes to produce. For example, it’s believed that E. coli can grow more rapidly in salad greens that are old and decomposing.

Bruising. Produce that has punctured or bruised skin is an invitation for bacteria. The same goes for torn or partially thawed frozen-food packages.

These are a few of the steps your grocery store staff can take to reduce the risk of food contamination. At Sinclair Risk and Financial Management, we understand the special risks that our clients in the food and beverages industry face. When you partner with us, you receive industry expertise, innovative Food Contamination Insurance & Food Manufacturing Insurance products, Risk-Management programs, and long-term solutions. Please contact us for more information at (877) 602-2305. 

How to Protect Your Home During a Winter Storm

What to Do Before, During, and After a Winter StormHow to Protect Your Home During a Winter Storm

According to The National Weather Service, winter storms are known as “Deceptive Killers” due to the fact that most fatalities occur because of other factors unrelated to the storm itself, such as auto accidents or the result of hypothermia and frostbite. As the east coast gets slammed with harsh winter weather conditions, it’s important that as a homeowner you know how to protect your family and property. It’s important to be prepared for these weather conditions by having a Family Communications Plan in place and preparing a home emergency kit, but you should also know what to do during the storm. Here are some tips on how to protect your home during a winter storm.

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and only drive if it’s absolutely necessary. If you do go outdoors, walk carefully on snowy and icy walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow, as this can cause harm to your body.
  • Keep dry and watch for any signs of frostbite or hypothermia.
  • If you do have to drive, let someone know your destination, route, and when you expect to arrive.
  • Maintain ventilation in your home when using kerosene heaters, and conserve fuel if necessary by keeping your residence cooler than normal.
  • If pipes freeze, remove any insulation and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold.

After a harsh winter storm, go to a designated public shelter if your home has lost power or heat. You can text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area. For more information on this and what else to do when a winter storm hits, visit Ready.gov.

At Sinclair Risk & Financial Management, we understand how important it is for you to protect not only your family, but your property as well. Connecticut Personal Insurance has been at the core of our operations for over 40 years. Please contact us today at (877) 602-2305 to learn more about our Homeowners Insurance policies and more.