Seventy-one percent of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, including opioids, according to a new survey. “Most drug addictions today don’t begin on the street; they start in a doctor’s office with legal, valid prescriptions,” said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National… Read more »

When David Wegenka joined with Staci Thornton, Patrick Hawkins and Keith Hawkins in 2008 to buy IMKO Enterprises they had big dreams for a small company.  Their explosive success in the last few years has earned them a place among the 2015 Missouri Fast Track Award winners.  In 1998 IMKO employed 7 or 8 internal… Read more »

Whether it’s in sports or in business, people generally like to connect themselves with winners. I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that most people filling out their brackets for March Madness office pools are predicting Kentucky to emerge as the eventual champion. During this special time of the year,… Read more »

Are you frustrated by trying to get your finance people or other senior executives to understand the value of measuring and building employee engagement? If so, you are not alone. I’ve talked to thousands of managers and HR people who are at their wits end trying to justify the cost on such initiatives. Sometimes, people… Read more »

No worker has ever received an engraved plaque that read “Thanks for keeping your seat warm for 10 years.” Yet that is the message employers send with awards for employees’ five, ten or 20-year anniversaries, according to human resources and recognition experts. They say that most recognition programs reward the wrong things.

There is no better time to focus on employee and company goals than the beginning of a new year. Communicating and aligning employee goals to that of their team and the overall company vision builds morale and improves individual and team performance. Engaged, well-performing employees contribute greatly to the long-term success of an organization.

Beating the cold How to stay safe when working in cold  weather Working in cold weather puts enormous strain on your body. To fight back, try these cold-weather safety tips while working on the job: Securely tie down or weigh down supplies so they are safe from gusts of wind. Wear a hat—20 to 30… Read more »