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Best Practices for Updating an Employee Handbook

Workers in the US are very different today from how they were ten or even two years ago. With the changes in worker expectations, it is important that your business evolves alongside them. Here are a few tips for updating an employee handbook.

Use Inclusive Language

Your employee handbook might use pronouns such as “he” or “she,” but consider also using the pronoun “they.” Millennials and Gen Zers are making the general public more aware of gender nonconformity, and many individuals in these cohorts use the pronoun “they.” Your handbook should reflect inclusivity of non-traditional gender identities.

Allow for Mental Health Breaks

Mental illness can be exacerbated by overwork. Millennials and Gen Zers are particularly prone to depression and anxiety due to a combination of factors including student loan debt, high cost of housing and low wages. Allowing employees to take time off for mental health reasons can allow them to be more productive while on the clock. 

Accept Individuality

Consider the reasons for prohibiting certain things according to your employee handbook, especially ear piercings, unnatural hair colors and other marks of individuality. While these aesthetic choices may have been considered extreme 30 years ago, today they are commonly accepted. Consider eliminating the prohibition of these aesthetic choices in order to attract a wider pool of quality workers.

It is important to update your employee handbook to reflect modern life. These are just three things to consider.

Quick Guide to Marina Etiquette

Marinas can be like floating neighborhoods wherein there’s a time and a place for certain behaviors – and some behaviors are unforgivable. Here is your quick guide to marina etiquette.

Handle Your Trash

It is never acceptable to throw trash into the water. Plastic is especially toxic for the choking and entanglement hazards they pose to marine life. Make sure you cut up all plastic loops before discarding them into designated receptacles, including plastic bag handles and six-pack rings.

Move Slowly

Don’t speed out of port or rush in when docking! You don’t want to make waves for your neighbors and their expensive homes.

Keep it Ship-Shape

Keep all hoses, cords and lines coiled or packed away when not in use. Trip hazards are preventable with a little effort.

Maintain Your Vessel

Keep your engine maintained to prevent pollution into the water, which can kill marine life and turn a beautiful body of water into an oily mess. Complete your oil changes and check fluid levels regularly.

Move it Along

Don’t block the dock with your day’s unpacked gear or hog the launch ramps. Move efficiently and plan ahead so you don’t use common spaces longer than necessary.

These are just a few ways to be a good sailor to fellow water lovers, including marine animals.

Responding to Infection Risks in Care Home Settings

Care centers need to be vigilant about preventing transmissible infections. In settings where residents are in close proximity to one another and sharing common facilities, it is imperative that providers do everything reasonably possible to protect a population of residents with preexisting health conditions or increased susceptibility to serious infection due to advanced age.

Combatting New Threats

Clostridium difficile is among the most dangerous hospital-acquired illnesses. A bacteria infects the colon, and patients can experience extreme dehydration, permanent intestinal damage, or even death. 

A new deadlier strain of c. diff is accounting for a growing percentage of infections. Enhancing sanitation procedures and ensuring all patients take probiotics whenever there is an outbreak may be strategic precautions.

Recognizing the Importance of Training

It is important that frontline staff have a thorough understanding about the importance of infection prevention initiatives. Training sessions should include practical examples of what staff need to do in their individual job roles to reduce patients’ risk of exposure to viral or bacterial germs. 

Infection hazards in a care home setting can present significant challenges. Facilities’ policies and procedures aimed at prevention must be comprehensive but adaptive in order to effectively protect patients from isolated outbreaks of transmissible infection as well as public health emergencies affecting the general population.