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New Hire Welcome LILHCO “Go Green” Initiatives Office Health & Safety Tips Wellness Corner
Financial Matters Recipes & More
Message from our HR Manager
“Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day.” As noted within these pages, quite a few changes have taken place during the year within our organization. To those joining us; WELCOME on board! To those who have already been working with us, we would like to thank you for your enthusiastic approach and active contribution to the growth of our dynamic group!
who has joined us to help continue what our previous ADM—Dan McKinzey has begun.
To lead our company in these challenging times is our new ADM—Mr. Brendan Hames
Other changes in the company include the implementing several initiatives. These include our Green Initiative Program which involves recycling of paper and ink cartridges as well as energy conservation, and our Wellness Program which we are currently in the process of At a time when each of our islands are faced rolling out. The Wellness Program will assist with the major issues of economic stagnation, you and your families in being as healthy as increased competition and a changing society; possible and adopting healthier lifestyles. more than ever sales and quality customer ser- Additionally, our Safety Program is being finalvice has become the central concern for our ized along with IDP which is a continuous probusiness. This requires the development of fessional and personal development plan for strategies as well as recognizing the need for each member of staff. continuous training for every member of staff. Your assistance and enthusiasm in assisting At a time when we are faced with these tough with these programs and upcoming transforchallenges, we rely more than ever on you to mations would be greatly appreciated and we represent our strength, the primary factor for would just like to take this time to thank you our success. It is therefore important for us and encourage you to continue the great work! to perform at your best to improve our company’s position in the market . Sincerest Regards,
Katrina Dottin Senior Accountant Barbados
GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO LILHCO’S NEWBIE’S!!
A/C Payables & Receivables Coordinator
Sales Agent Rep
Not Pictured: Karl Caesar—Sales Agent Rep—USVI
A greener workplace can mean a lighter ecological footprint, a healthier and more productive place to work, and good news for the bottom line. Whether you're Supervisor or the Employee, whether your office is green already or still waiting to see the light, some practical steps can lay the groundwork for a healthy, low-impact workspace. Here are some tips...
Conserve your computer's energy: Switch to energy-saving settings Set your computer to hibernate whenever youâ€™re not using it, and turn off your monitor when leaving work.
Reduce printer use: Try not to print in color Use a printer that does double-sided copying. Recycle ink and toner cartridges
Recycle: Paper products like copy paper, envelopes, magazines, etc. Cardboard boxes from shipped supplies; Soda cans and plastic bottles; Aluminum foil; Plastic bags; Ink cartridges
Eat green and healthy: Reduce your paper waste: Keep copies of important emails and files on your computer REMEMBER: to backup weekly to an external drive. Send company updates through email instead of on paper. Review any documents online instead of printing them out. It's commonplace to hear people say that they cannot read on the computer screen but the font can be increased and it's a learned skill like most work skills. With practice, it is possible to read most of your work on -screen and print only when absolutely necessary. If you have problems with eye strain, see your doctor.
If you bring your lunch in a paper or plastic bag, recycle it. Plastic bags can be washed and left standing upside down overnight to dry. Use containers, mugs, and silverware that can be washed and used again. Switch to organic food and drinks. Drink from the fountain instead of bringing water bottles. You can bring your own durable, reusable water bottle for constant refills. Recycle your soda cans, bottles and aluminum foil. Select healthier lunch items from the restaurant menu if your forget to pack your own lunch.
Check out “Moving Day” @ GGSC—Barbados to their new home on Independence Square!
More “Moving Day” pics!
GGSC BARBADOS “THE WATERFRONT” INDEPENDENCE SQUARE BRIDGETOWN ST. MICHAEL BARBADOS BB 11121
Preventing Slips, Trips And Falls At Home And At Work tant step to prevent falls due to slips and Injuries and deaths trips. When looking throughout your home from falls do not have or office to identify potential hazards, conto happen. There is a sider taking the following steps: misconception among the general public that Mark spills or wet areas to warn others there are some accidents that just cannot be and then clean immediately prevented. Most safety professionals agree Mop or sweep debris from the floor that although some accidents are more diffiRemove obstacles from walkways and alcult to anticipate and therefore more difficult ways keep them free of clutter to prevent than others, in theory there is no Secure mats, rugs and such thing as a noncarpets to the floor preventable accident. Cover cables that cross walkways To prevent slips, trips and Keep working areas and falls, consider these tips: walkways well lighted Understand how “slip and fall” accidents happen. Statistics show that 40% of all falls are from height, while 60% of falls happen on the same level due to slips and trips. Slips happen when there is not enough friction or traction between the footwear and the walking surface. Common causes of slips are wet or oily surfaces, occasional spills, weather hazards, loose rugs or mats, and flooring that does not have the same degree of traction in all areas. Trips happen when your foot hits an object causing you to lose your balance. Common causes of trips are obstructed view, poor lighting, clutter, wrinkled carpet, uncovered cables, uneven walking surfaces and the like.
Adjust your personal habits to be safer through your daily routine. Select proper footwear. Footwear that is properly fitting and prevents fatigue which, in turn, improves safety. Take your time and pay attention to where you are going. When you are distracted by texting or talking on the phone, it is easy to lose track of what’s in front of you. Adjust your stride to a pace suitable for the walking surface and the tasks you are doing.
Make wide turns at corners to prevent runIdentify trouble areas and eliminate or mini- ning into other people or objects. mize the hazards in your environment. Good housekeeping is the first and the most impor- Use a flashlight if you enter a dark room
Use the saved berries and then grind or mash then mix with very strong old rum. Add sorrel, vanilla beans, cinnamon bark, and the ginger root to the cooled mixture. Ingredients: 1 pound sorrel 3 vanilla beans 3 cinnamon sticks 1 pound brown sugar 1/2 pound gingerroot 1 pound guavaberries (red) 1 pound guavaberries (yellow) 2 (750 ml) bottles of rum Directions: First use a small amount of water to rinse the berries. Now clean berries by popping and removing seeds. Rinse off seeds, strain and save liquid.
Now fill the mixture in the bottles, cork & wire down securely. Store in cellar for several months or a dark place. The taste will tell when the liqueur (guavaberry) is fully ripened, strain and re-use the bottles. Note: Guavaberries can leave permanent stains be careful. Serves: 24 and 4 ounce servings Preparation Time: 30 minutes
In a large pot add seedless berries, but reserve -1/2-cup red berries and -1/2cup yellow for later use. Place the liquid that was saved from the rinsing seeds into a pot. and add brown sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil until the berries are soft. The consistency of the juice should be a medium syrup or sticky when cool.
Submitted by our friends in St. Maarten Thank you! PAGE
Madeline Taylor Head Cashier
Francyne Reggies Cashier
Doreen Roacher Cashier
e m m a r g o r P s Wellnes
For all LILHCo & GGSC Barbados Employees
DID YOU KNOW….. On the GTECH IntraConnect page, under Human Resources you can view a new ‘Take 5’ stretch video. Take 5 minutes out of your day and give it a try….
Coming soon is the launch of the LILHCO/GGSC Wellness Program. We are going to be implementing 3 initiatives which we would like you to participate in, namely:
1. Water Wednesdays 2. Fruit Bowls 3. A Breath of Fresh Air The following persons have kindly stepped forward to be the Wellness Committee representative at your site: Carol Lake, Fiona Proctor, Christine Miller, Arainna Walcott, Sh’reen Arri, Tammy Wilkins and Paula Williams. Please note, a representative from Barbados is needed and we look forward to someone stepping forward!!
A Breath of Fresh Air
Each and every Wednesday, all staff are encouraged to refrain from drinking sodas and sweetened fruit juice and to instead drink water all day and reduce the sugar intake in hot beverages.
Walking is a gentle, low impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. We would like staff to when possible, if possible, to try to take 5-10 minutes out of their day to take a brisk walk, either outside or up and down stairs!
Let’s encourage one another! So If you see a colleague drinking a soda or using sugar liberally, report them to your Wellness Committee representative! You should aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day The benefits of drinking water include regulates body temperature, protects and moisturizes your joints, protects our organs, helps with our metabolism and helps our organs to absorb nutrients better.
Fruit Bowl Staff are also encouraged to bring in fruit from your gardens and homes and share with colleagues instead of snacking on chips, candy, cake, biscuits….. Did you know that a diet high in fruit can help prevent many symptoms of diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Fruit contains important vitamins and anti-oxidants that the body needs to stay healthy. Also fruit functions as a natural laxative, helping to regulate your body’s digestive process. They provide roughage and fiber that is important in helping your body get rid of wastes.
Yes, put on some comfortable shoes with a proper arch support, firm heels with a cushioned sole and with the correct posture you’re ready to go! Start slow and easy with a warm up and stretch and then short daily sessions of 5 to 10 minutes and build up to 15 minutes twice a week. Then, over several weeks gradually build up to 30 to 60 minutes 2-3 days a week. Cool down and stretch after each walking session.
Until our next newsletter, look out for any health related seminars, lectures, and talks your site may wish to attend and send to me the details. Also, send pictures of your site in action! PAGE
Standard of Conduct The Company conducts all its activities in an ethical manner, with integrity, trust, respect, and fair dealing. These values should govern our conduct in every decision we make which affects the Company. Regardless of the pressures involved in conducting business, it is our duty to act responsibly and with integrity. This means that we must avoid even the appearance of impropriety in carrying out Company business. Commitment to Integrity Compliance is everyoneâ€™s responsibility. We must comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Unless otherwise prohibited by local law, as a condition of employment, we require all employees to acknowledge their commitment to comply with this Code and all Company policies.
Participation in Lotteries
Conflict of Interest
All employees, representatives and consultants shall not participate in or claim or receive any benefit, own or operate, directly or indirectly, from any lottery game in any jurisdiction where the Company provides lottery services or products.
We must avoid behaviors, relationships and situations that conflict or appear to conflict with our job responsibilities or the interests of the Company.
Employees and consultants should advise immediate family members (parents, spouse, siblings, and children) and members of their household that they are similarly restricted by regulations or the Companyâ€™s contracts in various jurisdictions.
A conflict of interest is considered to be any situation or arrangement where your personal activities or interests conflict with your responsibilities to the Company. Any outside activities or relationships that may involve a conflict of interest or even the appearance of a conflict of interest must first be discussed with your manager and with your HR Business Partner.
Celebrating 15 Years of Service
Ferdinand Lord Technology Manager Barbados
Fiona Sutherland Marketing Analyst Barbados
Corah Bowery Cashier St. Kitts
Zerelda French Cashier St. Kitts
Not pictured: Wendell Goodman, Technical Services Repâ€”Barbados
As you incorporate more and more of the following tips into your life, the savings add up and it wouldnâ€™t be surprising if you could save thousands over the course of a year! Cook at home often: If both the husband and wife work, this is likely to be very difficult. Start out with the habit of cooking at home once a week and slowly increase the frequency until you find a balance between saving money and getting stressed out. Make a list before going shopping: They call it impulse buying for a reason. Humans simply have a very tough time resisting the temptation to purchase extras while shopping. Without a list you will buy items that you simply do not need. Even worse is when your forget to purchase the actual item you came to the store for in the first place. If you plan on cooking at home, pre-plan a rough menu and make a list before you go grocery shopping. Getting all that you need in one trip can help avoid another unnecessary trip and temptation. Buy in bulk whenever possible: When it comes to non-perishable items, buy in bulk whenever you find something on sale. The items which make a good stock up are; cereals, tinned goods, rice, beans, pasta, coke, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, toilet paper etc. For such items, shopping at wholesale stores can save you quite a bit of money, provided you stick strictly to your shopping list when you shop at these places Pay your bills on time and avoid late fees: Get organized about your regular bills. If possible, automate the payments. Most utilities and other recurring bills can be set to be charged to a credit card or deducted from a checking account these days. Also, many banks offer free bill pay programs. So there really is no excuse for forgetting to pay a bill on time and forking out the late fees. Avoid impulse buying: Make it a habit to avoid impulse buying. Many of the things you want to buy do not seem all that necessary, if you only you wait for a day or two. Also, waiting means you will be able to check prices and make an informed decision to buy it at the best possible price. Plan vacations ahead of time: Vacations are a necessary part of saving our sanity in the busy lives that we lead. But vacations are also a huge drain on the family finances. You can cut the cost of a vacation significantly by planning and booking ahead of time. Bookmark travel sites for finding inexpensive airfare, hotel etc., and book at least two weeks in advance.
This newsletterâ€™s crossword is completely related to health and safety in the workplace. See article on page 6 for help. The first person to complete the puzzle in full will receive a prize!
Across: 5. It is our ________________________ to work safely and report hazards 7. We can prevent slips, trips and falls by maintaining good ________________. 9. When lifting, always keep load _____________ to your body. 10. When carrying an object, keep your __________ straight. Down: 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 8.
Reporting unsafe acts and conditions can help prevent ______________. When climbing the stairs, use the ______________. Lift with your_______________, not your back. Do not overload electrical circuits. Use only one ______ for each socket, Do not _______ fire escape passages or fire fighting equipment. Whether you are sitting, standing or lifting, use good _____________ to avoid muscle damage.
Leave low lying areas. Protect windows with plywood boards, or storm shutters. Secure outside objects. Make sure you have plenty of fuel and water. Have several days supply of food and water for each family member. If called to evacuate, do so immediately.
Be ready to put your plan and preparation into action. Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet. Have house boarded up, or have storm shutters in place. Have plenty of food and water. Make sure all your tools, supplies, and first aid kit available for use. Have a secure room available.
Stay in Secure Room. Stay away from windows. Do not use the phone, or candles. Monitor Weather and Civil Service Bulletins on either regular or NOAA radio. Have supplies on hand. Remain indoors when the eye moves over your area because the storm will resume shortly.
Make sure that all is definitely clear outside, and the storm has completely passed before going out. Report downed power lines, and stay away from them. Use stored water and food. Be patient. Things will take a while before they get back to normal.
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