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Add a Little Kindness

Research by UCLA scientists has shown that mindfulness and kindness actually alter the behavior of genes, turning down those that promote inflammation, which can lead to heart disease or certain cancers, and turning up the activity of genes that protect. In fact, UCLA...

Welcome Defeat (or at least accept and learn from it!)

Everyone faces defeat, no matter how successful or powerful, including leaders – maybe especially leaders. However, to fail you had to have been willing to take a risk. And in so doing, failing actually opens a door to opportunities. Think about this for a...

Delivering Bad News

“Bad news”…most leaders dread delivering “BAD news”. And the dreaded news can be anything. It can be a message that you have to deliver about not meeting a productivity goal or expectations. It can be a termination call from HR that you have to inform your employee as...

OSHA Is Looking At Leading Indicators

The U.S. Department of Labor is inviting interested parties to attend a discussion on leading indicators for occupational safety and health programs. The meeting will be held on November 7, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Leading indicators track how well aspects of your...

Recruiting Great Employees

Hiring the right person for the job is an important (and necessary) leader responsibility. Finding the right person, for the right job, with the right personality, and who are a match with the company culture, are critical. However, hiring is a skill that leaders need...

4 Ways to Build Confidence

Confident employees are needed more than ever in today’s workplace. Having employees who know what needs to be done, know how to do it, and know what is needed to meet customers’ needs are critical to success. So, what are the barriers? There are five common scenarios...

The Positive Impact of Mindfulness on H & S

We realize that there have been several recent articles on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, including in the field of safety. Not sure if you read the recent mindfulness article in OHS, but here’s the author’s summary which highlights key aspects. “By...

Got Trust? Cultivate This Essential Ingredient

In business, trust is foundational to be a great leader. The power of trust should never be underestimated. Trust is necessary for collaborative, high performing teams and organizations. Trust is often talked about as the bedrock of employee engagement and a company’s...

So Many Decisions; So Little Time!

Anyone in a leadership position can expect to find himself/herself making a substantial amount of critical decisions on a regular basis. Decisiveness is one of the most sought after qualities in any leader. In order to make an effective decision there is a wide array...

The Purpose Of A Corporation

“It’s time we work together to redesign an economic system for the 21st century that prioritizes the long term over the short term and the creation of value for all stakeholders, not just shareholders.” Co-founders of the B-Corp Movement.”J ay Coen...

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Meaningful Work

Studies show that people are happier, healthier, more engaged, more committed, and better-performing when their work is meaningful to them. According to the researcher, these results seem to hold true whether you are working as a nurse or a custodian, whether you lead...

Happy Employees = Happy Customers

A recent Glassdoor study found a strong statistical link between employee well-being and customer satisfaction among a large sample of some of the largest companies today. The bottom line is that happier and more satisfied employees deliver better customer service....

Redesigned Whistleblower Protection Website

On August 1 OSHA announced the recent launch of a redesigned website for its Whistleblower Protection Program. The interactive, streamlined design highlights important information and data on more than 20 statutes OSHA enforces. The redesign includes a new homepage...

Managing Crisis: Difficult, Yes? Constant, Yes!

Required, Yes! Any leader should understand that he/she would have to deal with a wide variety of difficult situations on a regular basis. From smaller day-to-day anomalies to massive scale setbacks, managing crisis situations goes hand in hand with being in a...

11 Critical Steps To Having Crucial Conversations

Any person in a leadership position in any organization is regularly at one end of a crucial conversation. A crucial conversation is when, Stakes are high Opinions differ Emotions are strong Sound familiar? People in leadership roles regularly have such conversations...

Tips and Myth Busters

We haven’t published these for a while, but this season is ripe with myth busters! Some myths have been well-known for years yet persist, even in the health and wellness professions. Researchers combed through current advised health practices and found 400 common ones...

Unclear Charter: Marijuana, CBD Usage & The Workplace

At this year’s ASSP conference a panel discussed current issues regarding how the legalization of marijuana, popularization of CBD oil, and drug testing practices are impacting the workplace. CBD supposedly does not contain THC and is being widely used for a variety...

Can Burnout Be Prevented?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified burnout as a syndrome specifically linked to workplace stress. The rumor was that WHO defined burnout as a medical condition, but not true, ‘a syndrome’, which isn’t a change from the past classification. The...

Set the Tone for Inclusivity and Belonging

A good leader knows the importance of the unique individual talents that each of his/her team members bring to the table. An open and inclusive environment is key in enabling all employees to express their talent to the best of their abilities. Employees are not only...

Foster and Instill Collaboration

It may surprise you to know that 39 percent of employees do not perceive that their input is appreciated (Weekdone.com). So instead, they keep their great ideas to themselves and work in silos. This is despite the trend in organizations to plan teamwork and activities...

Are You Ready for the Honest Generation?

“Futerra and The Consumer Goods Forum launch new research, revealing uncompromising expectations from Gen Z consumers on product transparency for social, health, environmental, and safety issues”. If you contract work to other facilities, how are worker safety and...

Model Appreciation and Gratitude

Want to build a culture of appreciation, increase productivity, and enhance well-being? Make others feel Important, appreciated and that their contributions matter. Our research demonstrates that employees want to be, Trusted and to Trust Managers & Co-workers...

The Power of Trust

The power of trust should never be underestimated. In fact, many in the organization development field call trust the new imperative. Trust is necessary for collaborative, high functioning teams and organizations. A study several years ago from the Ken Blanchard...

Be The Person Others Choose To Follow

Leaders cannot lead without followers, obviously. But, have you ever asked yourself why others would want to follow you? The answer is important to consider. Here are a few ideas. Employees follow someone based on what the leader stands for. It’s important that...

Live Your Values

Values are defined as one’s principles, what are most important in business and life.  The values for both should align. Values are our north star, what guides us in all decisions and should never be compromised. Living by your values and being the person that others...

Oh The Irony…

First, if you realize the benefits that meditation has on creating positive relationships, self-awareness, compassion, equanimity, and great leaders, then there is good news. The meditation rate in the USA has tripled over the past five years and according to the CDC,...

Got Gaps?

Companies should assess their lockout tagout (LOTO) programs for gaps that may significantly impact safety. We often find three significant gaps. One gap is related to accurately assessing the needs of and training for affected employees. Many employers train their...

#6: Communicate Effectively – and with Gusto!

Sadly, many employees are promoted to leadership positions because of their technical skills and seniority without being mentored to develop the skills needed to lead. In these situations, when left to figure it out on their own, new leaders mimic the managers/...

Congratulations, Matt – NC ASSP Chapter Secretary

Matt Machles has accepted the position as North Carolina ASSP Chapter Secretary. Matt has been with Dimensions since 2012 and has taken a lead role on several safety projects including industrial hygiene monitoring, respiratory protection, lockout tagout initiatives,...

Tip # 5: Lead With Courage

Many believe that courage is an essential attribute of great leaders, but the message is often confusing. According to Merriam Webster, the definition of courage is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. Courage...

Tip #4: Listen – Actively Listen

Actively listening means turning your attention fully to the person you are with. It means listening not to just the words, but for emotions, and for ideas especially those different than yours. Active listening provides opportunities for others to share, and feel...

Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Our research found that what positively influences employee well-being, engagement, and collaboration is when employees feel. Valued Respected Trusted And when the work environments are positive, transparent, and supportive, in other words, ‘psychologically safe’....

25 Ways Leaders Inspire Others: Tip #s 2 & 3

Happy New Year! Throughout 2019 we’re sharing ways leaders inspire others and motivate success. We’ll send tips and ideas each month. The first was to ‘Check Your Ego.’ The two tips for January are: #2 Act With Compassion #3 Practice Empathy Leading with compassion...

25 Ways Leaders Inspire Others & Business Success: #1

Throughout 2019 we’ll share ways leaders inspire others and motivate success. And here’s the thing, it is the 25 Ways that enhance well-being and fosters a great place to work. We’ll send tips and ideas each month, beginning now. #1. Check Your Ego – Leave Your...

Cultivating Inner & Outer Nutritional Wisdom

Are you considering another weight loss program? Is your company offering a weight loss initiative or promoting a weight loss challenge in 2019? PLEASE RECONSIDER! Decades of research demonstrate that dieting doesn’t work. There are better, more sustainable, and...

Our 25-Year Celebration!

It’s hard to believe that Dimensions has been providing services to organizations since October 1993. During this time we have partnered with over 200 businesses & organizations, hundreds of thousands of employees, and thousands of leaders and managers. We...

It’s Time to Plan 2019 Safety Goals

What will yours be? There are many best practice goals to consider, but one should never be to encourage a zero injury goal. Establishing such a goal has been advised against for years, yet many companies continue to set – and promote – zero injuries for the...

Cure the Stigma!

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite the prevalence of mental illness, stigma and misunderstanding are...

Build A Better Breakfast: Initiative Ideas

September was Better Breakfast Month, but it’s not too late! There are many ways to celebrate building a better breakfast at your workplace. Here are a few ideas: Plan a contest: Ask employees to submit their quick and healthy breakfast meals. You can have a drawing...

Create A Ripple: Acts Of Kindness Increase Well-Being

A recent study published in Greater Good Science Center Magazine looked at what type of acts of kindness was most beneficial for those performing the acts. The research surveyed 4 groups of adults, Those asked to perform at least weekly acts of kindness for people...

Are You Wasting Your Company’s Coaching Budget?

Not every executive will benefit from working with a coach. And if you’re the person who decides which company leaders get to work with an outside expert, you want to spend your budget wisely. To assess whether a struggling leader is ready for coaching, watch for a...

Crack Down On Vaping Coming

The FDA said it is cracking down hard on sales of vaping products to teenagers and might consider taking e-cigarettes off the market completely if makers don’t do more to stop exponential sales to teenagers. One e-cigarette company (take a look – Juul) created...

Distorted Thinking

I went to the grocery story earlier in the week and noticed how full the produce section was – filled with a beautiful array of colorful fruits and vegetables – while much in the inner aisles were already fairly empty in anticipation of Florence —...

Be Prepared: Grab and Go Emergency Bag

Below is a list of considerations to make easily accessible in case of emergencies. This became more important to us after talking with a colleague whose co-worker lost all during the CA fires. He had 5 minutes to get to his car. Now an emergency is days away for NC...

Cultivating Inner and Outer Nutritional Wisdom

Cultivating Inner and Outer Nutritional Wisdom is a complete well-being program that supports wellness AND changes our approach to diets. Cultivating Inner and Outer Nutritional Wisdom is a program based on meditation, mindful self-awareness, inner wisdom, and...

Presenting the 2018 Best For The World: Changemakers

DIMENSIONS MADE THE LIST!!!  On Sept. 5, 2018, B Lab released the list of 2018 Best For The World: Changemakers. This list celebrates the companies tackling the hard work to make measurable, positive impact improvement. Each of the more than 2,500 Certified B...

Natural Light Is The Best Medicine For The Office

New research from Cornell University Professor Alan Hedge finds the optimal amount of daylight reduces eyestrain and headaches of office workers by 84 percent. Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors and those in the working age range spend 2/3 or more...

To Stand Or Not To Stand? That Is The Question

It’s usually not a simple yes or no answer. There is much excitement around sit stand desk options. The desks have become quite popular and are perceived by many as the magic bullet to prevent prolonged sitting and address discomforts while working at computers. Sit...

Create A Top Down And Bottom Up Movement!

What Would Have Lasting Benefits For Your Organization: Managing People Or Leading Great Employees? We probably all agree on the answer, but there seems to be a practice gap. An article was recently published regarding why great employees leave what are believed to be...

ANSI Adopting ISO 45001

The national adoption of the ISO 45001 Standard (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) has been approved as an American National Standard. Stay tuned for more details!

Don’t Be Fooled By “Well-Washing”

Many organizations are expanding wellness program offerings that move beyond the physical dimension of health (biometric screenings, BMI, health risks), such as building resiliency, managing stress, and practicing meditation. While admirable and potentially...

Workers’ Memorial Day

April 28 was designated as Workers’ Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor the men and women who have lost their lives on the job. OSHA first began operating on this very day – April 28 – in 1971. Workplaces are certainly safer in the nearly 50 years since....

Social Impact 360

On April 21st, 2018, Social Impact 360 (SI360), the only youth-led movement in the business sector dedicated to solving social issues, today announced it is creating the 1st Service Corps for Business for Good. Social Impact 360 (SI360) is the first and largest...

The Happiness Factor and Why It Matters

According to one finding within a recent global wellness report (2018 Global Wellness Trends), happiness in the USA is plummeting. Of interest is that this has more to do with a lack of social connections and sense of community than with physical health or money. We...

Really? The 5th Leading Cause of Death

A new book, “Dying for a Paycheck” was published in March. The author argues that today’s work culture exacts a harmful toll on the health of employees. He sites an example given by a CEO: “I look out at the workplace and I see stress, layoffs, longer hours,...

Confused About Submitting Electronic Records?

We understand that there has been some initial confusion regarding what companies are required to submit the 300A summary electronically to OSHA. Companies with 250 or more employees that currently are required to maintain OSHA recordkeeping must submit...

ISO 45001 Has Been Published!

The bar has been raised! According to the announcement, “the world’s much anticipated International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) has just been published, and is set to transform workplace practices globally.” ISO 45001, Occupational health...

Surprising? Or Not So Much?

A recent Willis Towers Watson survey paints a not so stellar report on employee views of workplace health and well-being programs; however, it may not be all that surprising to many. Only 1/3 of employees globally responded that their employers’ programs have helped...

ISO 45001 Update: Publication Likely To Be Soon

The first occupational health and safety international standard is set for publication release March 2018. ISO 45001 will help organizations provide a safe and healthy workplace and continually improve occupational health and safety performance, as well as prevent...

Educate Employees on Recycling!

Did you know that the U.S. exports about one-third of its recycling – and nearly half goes to China? China has used recyclables from around the world to supply its manufacturing boom. But now China has declared it will no longer accept recycled materials due to...

Another Reason Organizations Lose Talent

Recent research by Gallop revealed that highly talented employees who are not engaged were among those who had the highest turnover in organizations surveyed — on par with low talent, disengaged employees. This piggybacks on our previous blog, Why People Quit...

Is Raising The Pay Scale Enough?

Several large employers, such as Wal-Mart, are admirably raising the minimum wage paid to employees. This is an important decision, but is it enough? – a question raised in a recent HBR blog. It was interesting to read the perspective and what more could be done to...

Peacefully Ending The Weight Loss Struggle

As the New Year begins, so do the “new” resolutions to lose weight. Many well-meaning companies offer support by scheduling onsite weight loss programs and even challenges as part of their wellness program. Employees and companies resolve that this time they will be...

Why People Quit Their Jobs

An interesting case study presented in a recent article noted, yes, employees leave a job due to a toxic boss or work environment; HOWEVER, the case demonstrated that employees also leave when their job isn’t enjoyable, their strengths aren’t being used, and they...

How About A Different Approach?

The tradition of making New Year’s resolutions continues despite the fact that by February most have already ‘broken’ theirs. This isn’t due to failings, weakness, or lack of will power, but instead based on many other factors including the power of habits,...

300A Recordkeeping Summary

It’s that time of year again! Just a brief reminder that it’s time to summarize your OSHA 300 Log by January 31st using the 300A recordkeeping summary form. The completed and signed 300A form is to be posted in a location easily accessible to employees. The posting...

2018 Labor Law Posters

It may be time to update your workplace labor law poster. There have been changes to the labor laws in 19 states, requiring labor law poster revisions effective January 2018. The posters can be purchased from vendors; however, the same posters are also available at no...