Industry Articles

Should Kids Have Cell Phones? How to Know if Your Minor Is Ready to Be Connected

March 14, 2018

Should kids have cell phones? Find out what the experts say about kids, phones, and today’s connected world.

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Are Candles Bad for You? 5 Fiery Facts That Will Make You Want to Toss the Torch

March 12, 2018

Are candles bad for you? They may be enchanting, but they could pose a big risk if you aren’t careful.

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10 Startling Document Security Issues That Will Ruin a Business

March 7, 2018

Don’t let document security issues be an afterthought. Find out how to keep your sensitive information safe.

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The Most Complete Fire Prevention Checklist Every Homeowner Needs

March 5, 2018

You could be taking a big risk if you don’t have a fire prevention checklist. Here's your guide to making a list that will keep you and your family safe. 

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How to Be Successful in Insurance

February 28, 2018

Learning how to be successful in insurance isn't hard as long as you’re willing to give it your all

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5 of the Best Insurance Career Paths for Young Professionals

February 26, 2018

Are you thinking about a new career? There are several insurance career paths that lead to a rewarding future.

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How to Change a Tire Yourself Instead of Waiting to Be Rescued

February 21, 2018

You don't have to wait for a tow truck. Learn how to change a tire yourself and get back on the road.

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4 Disgusting Bacterial Hazards That Are Lurking in Your Home

February 19, 2018

Find out what bacterial hazards are hiding in your home and what you can do to get rid of them

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What Happens When a Pet Owner Dies? 

February 14, 2018

Without a plan in place, beloved pets may not have a home when a pet owner dies.

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10 Clever Team Building Techniques You Need to Try With Your Team

February 12, 2018

Most team building techniques elicit little more than a yawn and an eye roll, but that's about to change.

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How to Do a Car Seat Safety Check That Will Help Keep Kids Safe

February 7, 2018

Don't take the kids for a ride without making a car seat safety check your first move

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15 Rewarding Benefits of Working in Insurance That Will Make You Want to Update Your Resume.

February 5, 2018

Some of the most exciting benefits of working in insurance are some of the most frequently overlooked.

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15 of the Most Forgotten Driving Safety Topics for Every Motorist to Rediscover

January 31, 2018

Driving safety topics aren't just for new drivers. Here are some old rules you may have forgotten.

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Helpful Snow Blower Safety Advice That Will Save You a Trip to the Emergency Room

January 29, 2018

Learn why snow blower safety shouldn't be an afterthought

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How to Create a Smoking Policy in the Workplace

January 24, 2018

Find out why a smoking policy in the workplace is good business even if you don't have many smokers

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The Scary Symptoms of Mold Sickness You Should Never Neglect

January 22, 2018

It can be hard to recognize the symptoms of mold sickness. Here's what to look for.

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The Best Business Insurance Checklist New Business Owners Need to Be Protected

January 1, 2018

The easiest way to make sure you have the insurance to protect your new business is to use a business insurance checklist.

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7 Everyday Office Fire Hazards and How to Easily Prevent Them

December 27, 2017

Take a look around your office. Fire hazards are hiding in plain sight, and there are more of them than you think.

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How to Prevent Safety Hazards at Work From Causing a Lawsuit

December 20, 2017

Don't feel like safety hazards at work are a big deal? Add an employee lawsuit to OSHA violation penalties, and you could be looking at closing your doors.

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How to Make Sure Your Small Business Cyber Security Is on Lock Down

December 11, 2017

If you run a small business, cyber security protocols could be your key to happy customers.

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5 of the Worst Business Security Camera Placement Mistakes Criminals Want You to Make

December 6, 2017

There's more to security camera placement than finding a spot that points to the front door or the cash register.

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OSHA Top 10 List Remains Mostly the Same for 2017

November 17, 2017

The preliminary list of OSHA’s Top 10 violations for Fiscal Year 2017 remained largely unchanged from FY 2016, except for one new addition. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) entered the list at No. 9 with 1,523 violations, just ahead of Electrical – Wiring Methods (1,405 violations). The entire list was revealed during the 2017 National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo.

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Focus on Workplace Lighting: 5 Brilliant Tips That Will Help Your Business

November 15, 2017

Discovering the right workplace lighting can be an enlightening experience. Find out how to lighten up your work environment and why it's a bright idea.

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Retention Guidelines: How to Be Sure I Should Shred Documents

November 8, 2017

You know you should shred documents, but which ones? And how long should you keep them? Retention guidelines from state and federal governments can help you answer those questions.

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10 Business Loss Prevention Mistakes Most Companies Make

October 25, 2017

When you run a small business, loss prevention is one key to keeping your doors open.

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Business Evacuation Plans: How to Be Prepared During an Emergency at Work

October 11, 2017

Business evacuation plans aren't something to put off for another day. Make a plan now to ensure the safety of everyone.

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6 Alarming Office Theft Realities You Need to Be Aware Of

September 27, 2017

Don't let office theft ruin morale and drag your team down.

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Distracted Driving: Behaviors Seen on the Road

September 22, 2017

We all know distracted driving is dangerous. However, did you know it claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone, according to the National Highway Safety Traffic Association?  

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Too Fit to Quit: Wellness Incentive Programs That Strengthen Your Core

September 13, 2017

Learn how wellness incentive programs can benefit your bottom line and your employee relations

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How to Reduce Retail Employee Turnover in 4 Steps You Can Take Today

August 30, 2017

Don't let retail employee turnover become a drain on your business; find out what you can do to keep your staff in top condition.

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How to Choose the Best Surveillance System for Your Small Business

August 16, 2017

The best surveillance system isn't always the most obvious one

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9 Workplace Wellness Tips to Motivate a Happier, Less-Stressed Staff

August 2, 2017

Workplace wellness tips to keep your entire team fit and ready for action

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HR for Small Business: 10 Things You Need to Know if You Have Employees

July 19, 2017

Running a business keeps you busy, but don’t skip on the HR; for small business, it's the key to a positive work environment.

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Safety Programs for HVAC and Plumbing Technicians

July 8, 2017

As a contractor, do you have a Safety Program that will satisfy OSHA requirements? 

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7 Small Business Equipment Insurance Tips to Make Sure You're Protected

July 5, 2017

For your small business, equipment insurance could keep you up and running when things break down.

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10 Social Media Tools for Business That Will Save Time and Money

June 28, 2017

You don't have a lot of extra time in your day; that's why these social media tools for business are here to make your life easier.

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Business Safety: Non-Routine Tasks Can Have Deadly Results

June 19, 2017

As a small business owner or contractor, you may be asked to complete a job that you’ve never done before.  Are you a small business owner or contractor with a reputation for quality work who is highly respected and appreciated in the community?  If the answer is yes, you may be asked to complete a job that you have never done before.  It is this type of “non-routine work request” from a customer that can potentially lead to a major injury, fatality, or liability exposure. The following provides a brief overview of what management should consider before conducting this type of work as well as a hierarchy of controls to consider (engineering controls, administrative controls, personal protective equipment, etc.) BEFORE commencing work.        

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How to Get a Business Vehicle Deduction as a Small Business

June 14, 2017

Find out how to take advantage of a business vehicle deduction now so you can save money when your taxes are due.

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How Does Property Maintenance Insurance Protect You?

May 30, 2017

Protect your business and your livelihood with a property maintenance insurance policy designed to meet your needs.

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Voluntary Products Add Value, Close Gaps in Your Benefits Package

May 25, 2017

As a business owner, your budget constraints may limit your ability to give your employees everything they might need.   

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The 7 Business Insurance Requirements Needed to Lease Property

May 24, 2017

There's little more exciting than signing a lease for your new business location, but are your business insurance requirements in place?

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10 Data Security Methods for Protecting Your Small Business

April 26, 2017

Are your data security methods enough to keep out a motivated thief? Here are 10 ways to keep your data safe from sticky fingers. 

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7 Natural Pest Deterrents to Use Around the Office

April 17, 2017

Keep your office healthy and pest-free with natural pest deterrents that work like a charm

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Landlord 101: Carbon Monoxide Safety in Residential Apartments

April 9, 2017

Approximately 500 non-fire Carbon Monoxide poisoning deaths and thousands more hospitalizations occur each year.  

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3 Things Successful Pet-Friendly Companies Do Right

April 6, 2017

People love bringing their pets to work. Find out how pet-friendly companies make it part of the culture.

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Small Business Fleet Management Tips to Keep Your Operation Running Smoothly

March 22, 2017

If you count on one or more vehicles in the day to day of your small business fleet, management strategies are critical to a smooth operation.

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The Dynamic Duo: Self-Funding and Voluntary Benefits

March 16, 2017

Health care. You love it, but you also hate it. You’ve got double-digit premium increases and plenty of unknowns.  

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Don’t Let the Dust Settle: Changes in Construction Workers’ Exposure to Silica

March 14, 2017

Attention: Contractor Business Owners. OSHA estimates that about two million construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in more than 600,000 workplaces.  Silicosis, lung cancer, other respiratory diseases, and kidney disease have been linked to exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

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How to Survive Business Disasters

March 8, 2017

No matter what line of work you're in, business disasters happen. Here's what to do when they happen to you.

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7 Corporate Wellness Program Ideas Your Employees Will Love

February 22, 2017

Are you feeling stuck for corporate wellness program ideas? Here are 7 that actually work.

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Lower Your Workers Compensation Rates

February 19, 2017

If you are like most business owners, controlling your overall operating costs is something that’s always on your mind.  Some of the most significant costs you deal with are those associated with employees being injured on the job.   

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What Is the Best Office Temperature?

February 15, 2017

It's a familiar debate in any professional setting, but believe it or not, there's a science to setting the best office temperature.

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5 Types of Business Insurance You May Need

January 25, 2017

If you're a business owner, it's hard to know the different types of business insurance you'll need. Here's a breakdown of the basics.

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Are Your Employees Struggling With Health Care Costs?

January 14, 2017

According to a recent survey from Aflac, 31% of employers have increased their employees’ share of health insurance premiums this year, 30% have increased employees’ copayments, and 21% have implemented high-deductible health plans with Health Savings Accounts.  Deductibles employees must pay have risen six times faster than their earnings since 2010, and co-pays and out-of-pocket limits have also been increased significantly.  The survey also showed that 78% of employees making under $50,000 annually currently have less than $1,000 set aside in an emergency fund to pay for out-of-pocket expenses associated with an unexpected illness or accident.  Even those making more are not immune, as 20% of employees making $100,000 or more also have less than $1,000 set aside.  It’s not surprising that your employees may be struggling with health care costs. 

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How to Terminate an Employee Without Getting Sued

January 11, 2017

It's hard enough to terminate an employee, but if you have to do it, learn how to minimize the risk of a lawsuit.

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Setting Up the Computer Workstation to Fit You

January 10, 2017

We humans are just not designed to sit for 6-8 hours a day, in a chair, at a desk, looking at a computer monitor. We really aren’t designed to sit for very long at all without changing position, getting up, and moving.

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The Best Paint Colors for Office Walls

December 22, 2016

Thinking of adding some character to your workspace? Here's what you need to know about paint colors for office walls.

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Employee vs Contractor: Which Route Makes Sense for Small Business?

December 12, 2016

Employee vs contractor? It's a question that's cropping up more and more for small businesses. Which is right for your company?

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The Most Common Business Insurance Claims & How to Prevent Them

December 5, 2016

If you own a company, it's almost impossible to avoid business insurance claims. However, there are things you can do to minimize the risk.

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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Walking/Working Surfaces, Fall Protection

December 2, 2016

OSHA has released a long-awaited update to its standard on walking/working surfaces, issuing a final rule that addresses slips, trips, and falls in the workplace and establishes employer requirements for the use of personal fall protection systems.    

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