The Benefits of Assessment Centers Revealed

The Benefits of Assessment Centers Revealed

Sep 13

Recruitment and selection is an important process that every business should undertake. Traditionally, the job applicant will undergo a series of tests, get interviewed, and if lucky, hired by the recruiter. Unfortunately, there is no assurance that the newly hired was indeed the right candidate to fill up the vacant position. There is proof that the traditional method of hiring a prospective employee lacks credibility. The fact that the interviewer relies on their gut feel already puts their decision in doubt.

This is where an assessment center can come in handy. Whereas the traditional interviewer does not have formal training on conducting interviews, assessment centers specialize on recruitment and selection. At the same time, they bring objectivity to the selection process. In addition, these methods of hiring prospective employees deliver reliability when it comes to assessing the qualification of a candidate.

Assessment centers utilize a wide range of techniques in order to judge the fitness of a candidate in the job they are applying for. Some of the techniques may include functional employment testing, competency-based interviewing, psychometrics, situational judgment tests, and others. Interviews alone can be as low as 15% accurate while using multiple tests in selecting the right candidate increases accuracy by more than 60%.

A major benefit of assessment centers is that more than one person assesses the job applicant. This makes the decision making process more open and objective. Aside from that, it allows management to gauge both current and future job performance. It also provides the recruiter with an opportunity to differentiate one candidate from another and determine the fit applicant for the position. With assessment centers, organizations can save on recruitment and selection costs.

While there are some pitfalls associated with assessment centers, the benefits far outweigh the liabilities. So it is high time to evaluate your recruitment and selection process and let the experts do the choosing for you.

Ways To Possibly Avoid Workplace Injuries

Ways To Possibly Avoid Workplace Injuries

Apr 17

As the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that 12 workers are killed and over 9,000 workers are sustaining injuries in their workplace everyday, it is important for workers to practice extreme safety precaution in doing their income generating jobs regardless of work environment.

Workers and their families are often struck with great financial loss after being involved in a workplace accident. In the 2,953,500 non-fatal workplace injuries recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014, there were 916,400 injured workers required to stay at home for an average of nine days. Though employers are required to promote safety and protection to their workers, workers themselves should follow regulations for them to avoid accidents that can cause injuries to themselves or to fellow workers. Regardless of the work environment, workers everyday are at high risk of sustaining slip, fall, and trip injuries.

In the office, employees should make sure that there are no cables or office supplies on the floor that can trip employees. Employees who are required to seat for a long period of time may possibly avoid back or spine injuries if they use ergonomically designed office chairs and if they are given short breaks from time to time during shifts. On the other hand people whose work demand strenuous physical activity  like in construction sites or industrial facilities are advised to be more careful in doing their jobs. Machinery malfunctions for example can be prevented through regular maintenance and qualified operators handling such machinery. However, if a worker suffered amputation or broken bone injuries from an accident caused by a machinery malfunction, he or she may file for a claim to possibly recover income loss. Other work safety practices like maintaining the work area clean, wearing protection gears and following safety precautions in the workplace are some of the ways workers may do to prevent income loss that can be caused by workplace accidents.

What triggers your asthma?

What triggers your asthma?

Nov 08

WebMD recently released its list of top ten worst cities for asthma. They are Chicago, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Augusta, Oklahoma, Detroit, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Tennessee. If you are living in one of these cities, you are more likely to develop an asthma attack. But more than city where you live, there are other factors that could increase your risk of asthma. Here are some of them.

Poor air quality

Pollution coming from cars, factories, and other sources is among the primary asthma triggers in the country. Manufacturers have the moral obligation to keep their emissions level within legal standards. However, some companies choose to be part of the problem instead. This can be true for German automaker Volkswagen. The auto maker deliberately manufactured cars equipped with software that could defeat emissions testing, making them compliant even though they really aren’t.

Allergies

Allergies to pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and mold can trigger asthma attack. Is your asthma attack more frequent during pollen season? Are you having asthma attacks when air is humid? Does having a pet around trigger your asthma? List all the possible causes of your asthma to know which allergens to avoid.

Strenuous physical activities

Asthma attacks can also be triggered by too much physical activity. Learn to pace yourself during your exercise. Also, warming up slowly may prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks.

Tobacco

Smoking cigarettes and being exposed to second hand smoke are among the most common asthma triggers in the country. If you have asthma and can’t quit smoking, speak with your doctor about safe ways on how to cut down your habit.

Other possible triggers

Some asthma attacks develop because of acid reflux, while some are caused by influenza virus. Breathing in certain types of fumes, being in a cold, dry air, and sinus infection may also contribute to an attack. Consult with your doctor to know what triggers your asthma and the ways on how you may prevent them.

Who is at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

Who is at Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

Jul 05

Asbestos was once recognized for its fire resistant properties and thus widely used in a number of building and other materials. Its growing popularity was ended as asbestos exposure was linked to the development of asbestosis and even more serious mesothelioma cancer. After regulation took place, it was exposed that some professions were more at risk of asbestos exposure than others.

Military veterans are often noted as the most at risk for asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma. For a number of years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. For Navy veterans, the risk lies in the building materials for the ships, submarines, and aircraft carriers that often included asbestos. These risks were also associated with Air Force Veterans and Marine Corp veterans exposed to hazardous aircrafts and ships. Even general Army Veterans are at risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma development.

Commercial and industrial workers were also at an increased risk for asbestos exposure, according to the website of Williams Kherkher. The job sites where this was common include construction sites, oil refineries, power plants, steel mills, and chemical plants. These sites all had the risk of fire leading to the early use of asbestos to be common.

However, it is not just workers who are at risk for exposure to asbestos. With the increase of individuals taking on do-it-yourself renovations on older homes, the risk of asbestos exposure increases as well. Before the regulation of asbestos, it was widely used in the building of homes in insulation, flooring, roofing, and more. This means that when an individual cuts into or saws through these materials, asbestos dust and fibers are released into the air. Many of those who take on renovations do not take the proper safety precautions to avoid asbestos fibers and are at increased risk of inhaling them and developing mesothelioma.

It has even been found that asbestos exposure can occur second hand. When workers come home with asbestos fibers on their clothes or hair, other individuals can inhale them and experience the same risks as those directly in contact with asbestos. This exposure can lead to the fatal cancer Mesothelioma as well as other health problems.

Preventing Bicycle Accidents: Safety Tips for Cyclists

Preventing Bicycle Accidents: Safety Tips for Cyclists

Apr 05

With environmentalists pushing for stronger conservation efforts in the wake of global warming, plenty of Americans have begun opting to ride bicycles instead of driving their cars. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of people riding their bikes to work increased from 488,000 to around 786,000 for 2000 to 2012, suggesting a notable 61 percent increase.

Now that a significant portion of the population is taking their bikes on the road, it should also be noted that the number of accidents involving cyclists have similarly increased. There is always some risk to being out on the road with other vehicles. However, the risk for cyclists increase for crashes involving vehicles that are much larger than the flimsy frames of bikes. The NHTSA notes that bicycle accidents account for 2 percent of all 33,561 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2012. This data only proves how important bicycle safety is. Thankfully, cyclists can protect themselves from unwanted accidents and injuries by following safety precautions.

One of the most important precautions cyclists should take is making sure they are perfectly visible to the vehicles around them. This is especially crucial when larger vehicles are sharing the same roadway because of the danger of blind spots. As a cyclist, you should always use hand signals and look over their shoulder when changing lanes or making a turn. Wearing bright and reflective clothing is equally important, as well as equipping your bicycle with lights and reflectors.

Another important tip is to make sure you’re riding with the flow of the traffic and not in the opposite direction. Again, it’s important to keep yourself visible to the vehicles sharing the round. Drivers will not expect someone else riding towards them and won’t be able to predict your intention to turn or change lanes. Similarly, you should always be ready to stop at driveways and intersections. Your bicycle might be small, but it’s extremely dangerous to try to run a stop.

Cyclists should also be wary of the roadway they’re riding. Always be on the lookout for cracks in the pavement, potholes, grates, and puddles that could cause you to lose control of your bike. It’s also important to stick to the paths and trails designated for bicycles.

Finally, it’s very crucial that you’re wearing proper safety gear and equipment. A properly fitted helmet can do a lot to save you from traumatic brain injuries. It’s also important to point out that you should avoid cycling while you’re distracted or impaired by alcohol. The NHTSA notes that 24 percent of cyclists involved in fatal accidents had a Blood Alcohol Concentration level of 0.08 percent or higher.

Still, the responsibility for preventing bicycle accidents does not rest solely on cyclists. Drivers sharing the road also have an equal share in ensuring everyone is kept safe from accidents that could lead to severe injuries. If you are a victim of a similar scenario, you will know firsthand how devastating a bicycle accident can be. Seeking compensation through legal channels can be your best recourse. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to learn more. Residents of Florida can consult with West Palm Beach car accident attorneys.