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Taking a Relationship Pulse Check


Forgetting to water a plant is a common occurrence in my house.  I do try to pay attention, but the results are not pretty… plants very quickly (well it feels quickly to me) start to droop, wilt and then the petals drop off.  This is not a good place to be.

As I am discarding the old plant there is always a good reason (aka excuse) for the neglect…

"I was on holiday"

"I didn't realize you have to water cacti" (you do)

"I was busy and just didn't see the plant wilting"

“I thought you were taking care of it”

In my work with leaders and companies I find the same situation happens at work. We forget to pay attention to the important things, like cultivating effective relationships with our colleagues and our workplace connections will wilt. While this may not be reflected in fallen petals it does become apparent in missed deadlines, tense meetings and interactions, or not being available when needed. Ultimately performance suffers, for us and for them.

Answers to Common Questions about the New OSHA Reasonable Reporting Rule

Drug Testing

It is a good habit for companies of all sizes to do regular check-ups on their drug testing policies, because laws are changing very rapidly. One recent change is the new Reasonable Reporting Procedure rule from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The new rule, §1904.35(b)(1)(iv), which OSHA will begin enforcing on December 1, 2016, could change the way you do post-incident drug testing.

Here is the concern: if an employer requires a drug test after every single work-related injury or accident, many people might not report incidents just to avoid taking the test. OSHA wants to make sure every incident is reported. To take away the fear of reporting, employers will now be required to have an explicit reason for conducting a post-accident drug test. A murky directive at best, this new rule has raised many questions from businesses of all sizes.

We recently hosted a webinar on how this change will affect employers. We have also put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about §1904.35(b)(1)(iv).  We hope you find them helpful!

Another Delay in OSHA Post-Accident Drug Testing Rule Enforcement

Drug Testing

About a month ago we hosted a webinar with our friends at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete to help you get ready for the new post-incident drug testing rules coming out of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The rules were originally set to go into effect in August. The date was pushed back until November 1st, and now, thanks to a case in Texas, the new date is December 1, 2016.