ABR Safety Spotlight: Winter Driving

November 25th, 2014

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Driver Safety: Winter Driving

Fair or foul weather driving always presents hazards. But winter months present drivers with conditions that are far different from those they face during the rest of the year. Follow these safe winter driving tips:

Know your brakes: When your brakes lock up on wet and slippery roads or during a panic stop, you lose steering control and your vehicle can spin.

Anti Lock Braking Systems (ABS): In vehicles equipped with ABS, the driver’s foot remains firmly on the brake pedal, allowing the system to automatically pump the brakes. Rear wheel ABS prevents wheel lockup so your car stays in a straight line. If your car has ABS control on all four wheels, you also keep steering control. If you have steering control, it is possible to avoid a crash by steering around hazards if a complete stop cannot be accomplished in time.

Get the feel of the road: While braking or accelerating, do so gently. Be aware of how slippery the road is and adjust your speed accordingly. Rising temperatures greatly increase the slipperiness of ice and snow.

Brake before curves: All vehicles are particularly sensitive to over-powering and over-braking on curves. Unseen hazards around the bend may require an evasive action, so turn your steering wheel slowly and smoothly, keep a constant speed in the turn, and pump your brakes carefully if it’s necessary to slow down or stop.

Stretch your “following” distance: Knowing that winter surfaces increase stopping distance three to 12 times, the smart driver increases their normal dry road following distance. Heavy trucks require a longer stopping distance on slippery roads than passenger cars. Remember… don’t tailgate.

Make sure you have the right tires: Tires with deep treads are essential for safe cornering and handling on slippery roads. Check the air pressure frequently to maintain the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

Use proper lights: Never drive with parking lights instead of headlights during late winter afternoons or in the early evening. Parking lights can cause an oncoming driver to think you are farther away than you are. Keep headlights clean; dirty headlights can greatly reduce your long-distance vision at night.

Be able to see and be seen: Clean all the snow and ice off of your windshield, other windows, outside mirrors, lights, and reflectors.

Make sure your vehicle is equipped with good wipers: Check that wiper arms exert enough pressure on the blades to ensure a clean sweep. If moisture or ice builds up on the inside or outside of your windshield, stop and clean it off.

 

Felicia Harris: You Helped Me Find My Dream Job

November 19th, 2014

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Thank You ABR For Helping Me Find My Dream Job

ABR regularly receives testimonials and letters of thanks from our Talent. We recently received the following from Felicia Harris (ABR Brookfield). 

I have been employed with a construction company as an Administrative Assistant. This job is a dream job! I work independently at the front desk and am the first person everybody sees when they come in. This company takes pride in the people that work for them and it’s not always about just the work. I have never been called a temp or treated like a temp; they consider me as part of their team! Personally I have never been so proud to work for a company like this, I am working for one of the most prestigious companies in the city that one could only dream of working for.

I work with a group of professional people that are compassionate and caring, a company  where people do come first.This is a great job because you do have a voice within this company and your opinion does matter. I have the utmost respect for everybody I work with and for. It is a pleasure serving each and everyone I can serve within the company.

I look forward to going to work daily and going the extra mile for this company; it’s easy for me to do. I feel as if I am in a dream because they don’t mind teaching you anything new. I am learning so much about the construction business and how it operates. Not only am I sitting at the front desk answering the phones and greeting people as they come in, I am being taught to do what others are doing within the company gaining experience in other job areas.

I thank ABR Employment Services for helping me find my dream job!

Sincerely,

Felicia Harris

And the November Free Rent and a job! winner is…

November 14th, 2014

Austin McCain, ABR Appleton!

Amy Conn, Staffing Coordinator; Jayme Roberts, Staffing Coordinator; Talen Winner – Austin McCain, Staffing Specialist, Robin Pecaro; Staffing Assistant, Cathy De Deker; Branch Manager, Kris Buss.

Pictured: Amy Conn, Staffing Coordinator; Jayme Roberts, Staffing Coordinator; Austin McCain, Winner; Robin Pecaro, Staffing Specialist; Cathy De Deker, Staffing Assistant, Kris Buss,Branch Manager.

Congratulations to Austin McCain, the $1,000 winner of our November Free Rent and a job! drawing. Austin, whose name was randomly drawn by American Sweepstakes and Promotion Company from 5,677 entries, received a check for $1,000 from CEO Jim McNett during a recent check presentation ceremony at ABR’s Appleton branch.

Austin was asked to stop by the branch to complete a work form; he had no idea what was about to happen. Jim and branch staff (pictured with Austin above) greeted Austin and asked if he knew about the Free Rent and a job! promotion. He replied he did not but saw a poster about it in the branch lobby. Jim told him, “Last month, ABR launched an employee appreciation campaign for our Talent called Free Rent and a job! We wanted to do something big to make a difference in the lives of those that work for ABR. And you’re our first winner!”.

When Austin was presented with the check, he was shocked! He said  winning means a lot to him and his girlfriend, who recently had a baby. He commented that he needed new tires for his truck, but did not know how he was going to afford them. Now Austin can purchase new tires and feel safe driving this winter.

Austin, who is an employee with the ABR Appleton location, started working for ABR in April, 2014. He is currently working for our client company Eggers Industries, doing general plant manufacturing work.

At the end of every month, ABR Talent in good standing will receive one drawing chance for each week that he or she worked in that month. Our next drawing will be held around December 10th. Who knows, the next winner could be you!

HR Insights Magazine: November/December 2014

November 7th, 2014

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The Magazine for WI and MN HR Professionals and Hiring Managers

Whether you’re looking for ideas to mull over or concrete suggestions to implement, you’ll find plenty to interest you in this latest edition of HR Insights! Click on the image to read the November/December 2014 edition now.

In the feature article, “Health Care Reform: Are We There Yet?” Tracy Watts and Beth Umland explore some of the measures employers are taking to address new parts of the Affordable Care Act that will go into effect in the near future. The ACA requirements affect companies of all sizes and industries, so perhaps there’s an idea or two in here that might be useful for your own organization.

This issue also contains articles on a number of other issues of interest to HR and staffing firms. Finding—and keeping!—top talent is a perennial concern of most companies.  In “The Case for Continuous Recruitment,” Stephanie Reyes highlights some of the negative consequences of having unfilled positions and suggests ways to maintain desired staffing levels. And in “How to Foster Employee Happiness for Better Stock Performance,” Charles Coy details how “companies with happy employees have higher stock returns than the market average” and offers recommendations for increasing employee satisfaction in any organization.

As you work on your company’s plans for the upcoming year, feel free to call on us for advice. We know how important appropriate staffing is for any organization, and we can help you make sure you have the right people in the right places so that your 2015 is an even bigger success than your 2014!

Featured November Webinars: ABR JobConnect

November 3rd, 2014

Triggers Will Help You Land a Job! Friday, 11/7, 1:oo pm 

Description: Knowing how to research triggers and utilize them in your job search will help you land a job faster than anything else you could do. During this session we will address:
• What is a Trigger
• Where can I find this information on my prospects
• How to Effectively utilize Triggers in your job search
• Why Triggers will differentiate you from your competition

Registration Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/801119674

How to Create a Targeted Resume; Tuesday, 11/11, 10:00 am

Description: This webinar will help job seekers from all career levels create a resume that effectively speaks to a targeted audience while also handling (and beating) Applicant Tracking Systems and keyword scanning technology.

Registration Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/734216642

Don’t Make These Common Career Mistakes! Monday, November 17th, 11:00 a.m.

Description: As a results coach working with thousands of job seekers, I’ve learned it’s not always the most qualified person who gets the job.

In this webinar, we are going to break it down so you can learn the COMMON MISTAKES made by job seekers and more importantly how to get it right so you are a top candidate.

How well do you think you are doing on your job search?

Come ready to learn and be inspired as this will give you the confidence you need to kick your job search into “high gear”.

Registration Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/757561250

Don’t Make These Common Career Mistakes! Monday, 11/17, 11:00 am

Description: As a results coach working with thousands of job seekers, I’ve learned it’s not always the most qualified person who gets the job.

In this webinar, we are going to break it down so you can learn the COMMON MISTAKES made by job seekers and more importantly how to get it right so you are a top candidate.

How well do you think you are doing on your job search?

Come ready to learn and be inspired as this will give you the confidence you need to kick your job search into “high gear”.

Registration Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/757561250

Nine Things To Do Before An Interview; Tuesday, 11/25, 1:00 pm

Description: There are hundreds of interviewing books and thousands of articles on the Internet. It isn’t necessarily the most qualified person who obtains a job offer. It is often the job seeker who aced the interview. Learn what to do BEFORE your interview to give you a competitive edge:
• Nine steps to help you prepare for an interview
• Why preparation improves your interview abilities
• Tips to remember during the interview process

Registration Link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/341510442