Risk Management Tips

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How to Manage Risk

Priority Staffing Group sent two representatives to the Risk Control Workshop in Denver, Colorado this month.

Kara Metzger and Ally Farlow spent three  days studying up on risk management procedures and workers’ compensation laws. They learned new tips on how to help both our business and our clients’ businesses.

So, does your company have a plan for when work-related accidents happens?

There are some simple steps that your company can take to create a safe work environment. And when an accident does occur, you should know your employees will have the best care possible.

StethoscopePre-Employment Physicals

  • Pre-employment physicals are a risk management tool used to screen individuals for risk factors that may limit their ability to perform a job safely and effectively.
  • Functional testing before starting work can prove essential function capability, limiting the risk of injuries associated with certain jobs.

Pre-Employment TrainingSafety Training

  • Try to stop the accident from happening in the beginning! You can do this by implementing training videos to make sure that your employees know what kind of work hazards they will be around and how to deal with them properly.
  • Make sure that you hold regular training sessions to keep employees up to date on new rules and regulations and remind them of the correct safety procedures.

Safety Sign

Visual Warnings

  • Have all the appropriate signs posted regarding workplace rules and safety.
  • Make sure all signs are up-to-date and in a heavily trafficked area so all employees can see.

Emergency Plan

Employment Physical

  • Make sure your company has a plan of action when an employee is hurt on the job. Find out what level of care is needed and get the employee taken care of as quickly as possible.
  • Have a designated urgent care set up to send employees so that the process is simple for everyone.
  • Make sure to document all the details of the accident by taking notes and photographs. You should have a standard accident report and witnesses to back everything up. There should always be a signature from the supervisor that was on duty when the accident occurred.

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An additional tip to help improve safety in the workplace:

  • Have a safety committee. Get together once a month and go over ways to improve workplace safety.

 

Priority Group wants to help our clients establish a safe and prepared work environment. For additional information on our services and how we can help you as a client, email us or call any of our office locations.

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Employee Appreciation Weekend

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Priority Group’s three partners, Heather Goines-Evans, Gail Lannom, and Carlos Tanner, extended an invitation to the staff and their families for an Annual Employee Appreciation Weekend!

 

Heather said they offered this event to all three offices and their families because “Priority Group’s success is a direct result of [employees’] hard work, determination and dedication to our vision.”  The company also has several new additions to our team this year and wanted to welcome “your family to our family.”

 

Emily Melvin, Placement Specialist & Heather Goines-Evans, COO

The weekend started on Friday July 28th when Priority Staffing Group closed the office early, rented the Marion Pool for a family pool party and had a cookout in the park. The event was open to all employees and their families.

“I honestly liked the whole weekend and loved that a family included portion was a part of the event,” says Emily Melvin, Placement Specialist in the Marion office.

 

The fun continued the next day when the adults loaded up the Redneck Party Bus to tour a few of Southern Illinois’ best wineries. A twist was also added to the day in the form of a Hawaiian theme. Flower patterns and hula skirts took over the day as everyone enjoyed the company of their Priority Group family.

 

Gail Lannom, PSG Partner

Lindzey Barger, Business Development & Gail Lannom, CEO

“The ‘Redneck’ bus was so funny,” said Gail. “The Southern Illinois wineries are so beautiful, and the music we heard was great too!”

 

The event didn’t focus on the day-to-day operations of business – just some off-the-clock personal time with the rest of the staff. “Sometimes in the hectic days at the office we can forget how fun our co-workers are and how awesome a team we have,” says Emily Melvin. “Fun events help us to realize great positive qualities about our team members and Priority as a whole.”

 

Priority Group believes that appreciated employees will do their best work. Each year, the Staff Appreciation weekend allows our separate offices to come together, socialize and get to know people we wouldn’t otherwise meet. “We have been able to do a company appreciation day every year and I always look forward to this event,” said Gail.

 

2017 Back to School Drive

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Priority Group is hosting a Back to School Drive for The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter in West Frankfort, Illinois.

The shelter is a private, non-profit organization that provides a 24-hour emergency shelter for abused, neglected and/or abandoned children for the entire state.  The Night’s Shield accepts both male and female children from ages newborn to 18 years. The children are provided food, clothing, medical care, education, and weekly activities.

All donations can be dropped off at Priority Staffing Group’s Marion location from July 24th to August 9th during business hours. Please contact Robyn with any questions about the school drive.

Chris Nichols Joins Young Professionals Committee

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Priority Group’s Murfreesboro office is developing in the community by way of its team members. Chris Nichols, Director of Business Development, was just named a committee member for the MT SHRM Young Professionals group.

 

MT SHRM is the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management. The Young Professionals group is an affiliate of that chapter. Each quarter, the Young Professionals host a happy hour event of open networking for HR professionals early in their career.

 

June 1st is the next Happy Hour event. Chris Nichols has worked with the rest of the planning committee to put on this event, which is free for all MT SHRM members and their guests. However, registration will still be required for all attendees. Register here

 

“I’m really excited about joining a group of intelligent, forward-thinking individuals,” Chris said. “I look forward to seeing the growth we can have with young HR professionals in Middle Tennessee.”

 

The networking event will be held at SOUTH in Nashville from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on June 1st. Individuals will purchase their own drinks; complementary appetizers will be provided.

 

Contact Chris Nichols at chris@prioritystaffinggroup.com or Lynzi Loyd at lloyd@vaco.com if you have questions about the event.

 

Memorial Day Celebration – City of Marion

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Priority Group is collaborating with the City of Marion on a Memorial Day event at Ray Fosse Park on Monday, May 29th.

The partnership, spearheaded by Priority Group’s CEO, Gail Lannom, happens every year. The free event is family friendly with goofy golf, swimming, antique cars and much more throughout the day.

The only cost to attendees is food from event vendors and the chicken dinner, which requires a ticket that must be purchased in advance of the event day.

Tickets for the chicken dinner are being sold at Priority Staffing Group’s Marion office now until Friday, May 26th between 8:30am and 4:30pm.

Please call us (618) 969-8800 with questions or stop by 712 N. Carbon St. Marion, IL.

Fosse Park Memorial Day 2017

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COATS Visual Upgrade

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COATS Logo

Priority Group strives for an efficient workplace, and because of that, the company just upgraded our staffing software from COATSsql to COATS Visual.

 

Emily, Kara, Ally

Emily Melvin, Kara Metzger, and Ally Farlow

Priority Group sent three representatives to the software company’s headquarters in beautiful Virginia Beach, Virginia from March 22nd to 24th. This three-day program covered all COATS Visual’s features with hands-on instruction.

 

Each of Priority Group’s locations sent one representative: Emily Melvin from Marion, Illinois, Kara Metzger from Vandalia, Illinois, and Ally Farlow from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Each of these women trained and came back prepared to teach what they learned. Now the rest of the team is ready to maneuver through the COATS Visual software as well.

 

“We had a great time at COATS,” said Emily, Placement Specialist. “The whole staff made us feel welcomed and they were very accommodating with our training preferences.”

Trainer Jesse w/PSG

COATS trainer, Jesse, with Priority Group

Ally, Account Manager, said good things about their team as well. “Everyone was easy to work with and answered all our questions. If they did not have an answer, they took the time to go and find it.”

 

Priority Group selected COATS Staffing Software for its ability to track all clients and applicants efficiently. A separate customer relationship management product is not needed when COATS is used to its full potential. It can track history with a client from the initial contact all the way through invoicing.

 

COATS

Priority Group has used this staffing software to stay on top of employee management since opening in 2010. Now we’re very excited to improve that process with COATS Visual. “The upgrade is more user friendly and has a lot of new function that will make everything from sales to operations much smoother within the system,” Ally said.

 

We think some of the most noteworthy features are resume parsing, direct emailing, grid customization, drag/drop features and easier searching.

 

So, have you used COATS Visual? We would love to hear about your favorite features!

Workers’ Compensation Symposium

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Gail at the Workers' Compensation symposium

Priority Group CEO, Gail Barger Lannom (left)

On March 9th, men and women from throughout southern Illinois joined at the John A Logan College for the 2017 Workers’ Compensation Symposium. Lindzey Barger and Gail Barger Lannom represented Priority Group at the event.

 

“We set up as a vendor and met many potential clients,” Gail said. “We got to network with existing clients too.”

 

The event, put on by WORKcare.ready.well, was for experts to teach the best practices in prevention and injury–navigation management. “Educational information was presented that will help with managing our day to day workers’ comp issues,” Gail said.

 

Attendees learned about many issues, including: early intervention and injury management programs, legal benefits and costs of such programs, and how local safety experts deal with workers’ compensation issues.

 

“It was a very nice event with great speakers,” Gail said. “The John A Logan College always has a nice venue for these type of events.”

 

By attending events like this one, Priority Group prepares for all our clients’ needs. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us by email.

 

 

Pageant Winners

The Queen of The Hill / Ms. Kokopelli Pageant

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The Miss Kokopelli/Queen of the Hill Pageant was held on February 25, 2017. The event benefited Angels Cove, the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

 

BCHFS is a multi-faceted family crisis center consisting of five ministries that work together to protect, heal and restore struggling children and families. Whether it is helping teens in trouble, young women with unplanned pregnancies, or Christian counseling services – BCHFS has been helping those who need it most reach their full potential.

 

Women and girls of various ages competed in one of seven categories: Baby Queen of the Hill, Tiny Queen of the Hill, Little Queen of the Hill, Junior Queen of the Hill, Teen Miss Queen of the Hill, Ms. Kokopelli, and The Queen of the Hill.

 

Megan Jones and Jenn Fortune

Pageant judges, Megan Jones and Jenn Fortune

The prize for winning was a cash purse based on the number of entries, a crown, a sash, a pin, flowers and a photo session to be featured on the Facebook pages.

 

Megan Jones, COO of Priority Professional Group, was asked to be a judge at the pageant. The committee was looking for a smart, successful business woman that is active in the community to serve as a judge for this year’s event, and Megan was the perfect fit.

 

This is Megan’s second time judging the pageant and it won’t be her last. “The thing that I enjoy about these pageants is that most people believe they are based on external beauty. That is absolutely not true,” Megan said. “It takes a lot more than external looks to make a person truly beautiful. The women who participate in these events are strong, outgoing, charismatic, and truly add value to their communities and to the world.”

 

Priority Group supports and congratulates the winners of the pageant and the organization that this event benefited.

 

Megan adds that “it takes a lot more than a pretty face to be kind and generous and want to make a difference in the world and those are the kind of women you see participating in these pageants. There is so much more to a pageant that people just don’t see until they participate in one.”

 

Please visit the event’s Facebook page to see photos of the contestants.