With the summer season comes a few things in particular that companies need to consider. Here are a few hot topics that may apply to your business:
• Dress Code – The warmer season is a great time to revisit your company dress code and remind employees of what your guidelines are for appropriate work attire in the summer season. There are a few different factors to consider when it comes to a company’s’ dress code such as the company culture, the image the company expects employees to portray as well as the risk associated with certain attire. No matter what the dress code is, what is important when it comes to the dress code is that the policy is written, clearly communicated to employees and enforced.
• Summer employment of teens – Summer means no more school for the kids and some teenagers are eager to get a temporary summer job. Employers need to be aware of the requirements related to hiring minors if they choose to bring on teenage help over the summer. Both state and federal child labor laws have restrictions around what employees under the age of 18 can do for work, what equipment they can/can’t use and the hours they can work. It is important for employers to do their homework on the child labor laws applicable to their business and be sure to have policies in place to enforce those laws.
• Hot Weather Safety – As the temperature outside rises, so does the risk to employees that work outdoors and/or are subject to the weather conditions in their work environment. It is the employers responsibility to protect employees from the hazards of the heat and take steps to prevent heat related illnesses and injuries. Water, shade and rest of key safeguards companies can incorporate during periods of warm weather and high temperatures.
• Summer Vacations – Great weather and no school is a recipe for vacations and more time off from work over the summer months. Companies need to be mindful of, and prepare for, employee vacation time as to ensure continued productivity while eliminating the need to contact the employee while away from work. Flexible work arrangements and time away from the office are top perks for employees now more than ever before and can be great for overall morale and productivity.
Summer time is a great time of year and is even better when companies are prepared and able to provide a great overall work experience for their employees.
Deanna Arnold, PHR, is the president and owner of Cornelius, N.C.-based Employers Advantage LLC, which provides practical and sound solutions to meet the needs of your business in all aspects of human resources, including but not limited to, recruiting, benefits, employee relations, compliance, performance management, HRIS, workers compensation, safety, facilities/office management, and budgeting. She can be reached by emailing [email protected] or calling 980-422-7953. www.employersadvantagellc.com.
Article courtesy of TIRE REVIEW.