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CONNECT HR Associates Newsletter

Spring 2014

2 Weeks Notice March 7, 2014...Opportunity has knocked and you have made the decision to quit your job and move forward. Show some respect to your boss with a letter of resignation. Back in the day, I left dead end jobs in the dust with little consideration. Being older and wiser, seeing past the job to the people affected, I now understand the necessity of giving a two weeks’ notice. The first sentence of your resignation letter should be brief and to the point. Avoid stating reasons for leaving or suggesting situations which may change your decision, like asking for a raise in salary. Being the last document in your employee file, leave on a positive note by thanking your employer for the opportunity they have given you. Gratitude, in writing, will leave the door open for future references and networking opportunities. An example of an appropriate 2 weeks’ notice: “Dear Heather,

Testimonial (Email Correspondence) Sent: October 02, 2013 To: Heather Risner Subject: 30:Nick

Heather, Thank you for getting Nick here on time yesterday. I know that your staff went above and beyond to get him here. I cannot say enough how much appreciation I have for your company’s dedication to us. ... Tony Baker, Human Resources (937) 497– XXXX

Please accept this letter as an official notice of resignation from HR Associates, effective Friday, March 07, 2014. I have enjoyed working for HR Associates these past five years and have learned a great deal from you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you and the HR Associates team. If there is anything I can do prior to leaving, please let me know.

In This Issue

Warmest Regards,

* 2 Weeks Notice

(Former Employee)”

* If The Shu Fits

A two week notice is the norm for most companies, but you may want to consider providing notice equal to the amount of vacation time you have accumulated. Keep the resignation letter simple, easy, and direct. You may need to provide an additional letter to a HR Manager and be sure to hand it to them in person.

* Grilled Beer Chicken * ”Shu-Day” Pictures * Safety Training: A New Direction * Around The Water Cooler * H’s New Home * From The President’s Desk

Be professional throughout your final weeks of employment by maintaining personal accountability and pride in your work. These final steps will insure your exit is on good terms. (Complete text @

Grilled Beer Chicken Ingredients: * 8-10 chicken drumsticks * 1/4 cup olive oil * 1 tsp onion salt * 1 tsp paprika * 1/2 tsp ground cumin * 1/4 tsp cayenne * 1/2 tsp ground black pepper * 3-4 cloves of garlic

* Juice of half a lime HR’s Staff with BayView Funding CEO, Glen Shu

* 1 cup beer * handful of chopped fresh parsley * Salt to taste

If The Shu Fits April 15, 2014... The CEO of BayView Funding, Glen Shu, was in town for a whirlwind visit last month. The Northern California based financial partner and HR’s principals discussed steps to strengthen the business relationship over dinner at Jay’s Seafood in Dayton. HR’s President, Heather Risner commended BayView’s addition of a

regional mailing address in Texas for our clients. A Nappa Valley ’03 Cabernet made the evening pass quickly.

Directions: 1) Wash & bag 8-10 drumsticks . 2) Mix together olive oil, onion salt, paprika, ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder and black pepper. 3) Squeeze in half of a lime, and 3-4


4) Pour



in Sam Adams’ Beer.

5) Stir together. Add salt to taste.

The following day, Glen stopped in to visit HR’s office and meet the

6) Mix in a handful chopped parsley

staff. Glen said it was nice to finally put a face to the voice on the other

7) Seal the marinade in the bag with

end of the long distance calls. HR’s staff enjoyed a Bob Evans’ lunch

the chicken pieces. Allow chicken to

courtesy of BayView and Mr. Shu.

marinade for at least a couple of hours, even longer if you wish.

After, Shu was able to visit the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta and pick up a few souvenirs for his son and daughter. Seeing a Moon rock from Apollo 11, which traveled 250,000 miles to Ohio, was an unexpected thrill for the San Francisco Bay area visitor. To top off the day, Shu, several HR clients, and HR’s staff took in a

8) Throw that chicken on the grill! Add oil every half an hour, and season with the marinade every 10 minutes.

9) If it’s pink, it’s not done! Grill golden brown with a light black char.

Dayton Dragons / Clinton LumberKings’ baseball game. Lots of burgers, hotdogs, & cookies were to be had in the warmth of a Dragons’ Suite. The Dragons tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the 9th and went on to win it by one in the 11th. Everyone went home with a Dayton Dragons’ ball cap. Glen thanked everyone for hosting him during his visit and flew home the next morning. The California based, BayView Funding and HR Associates have been doing business together since 2007.

Safety Training: A New Direction May 2, 2014 After attending many Miami Valley Safety Council Meetings and a few Safety Workshops, I have a new understanding of the importance of a job safety analysis. A properly drafted and instituted safety program can not only protect employees but their jobs as well. Show me a company which ignores safety and I’ll show you a company who is shedding jobs in their downward spiral. On the flipside, a company with safety protocols in place will be ready for the inevitable accidents which will occur. Safety analysis begins with the management team finding the root core of previous accidents. Management should identify the source of common injuries and institute the appropriate solutions. Injuries are not necessarily the equipment’s fault, 8 in 10 accidents are caused by human error. Proper employee safety orientation and training is essential to any good program and should be conducted by a Safety Supervisor. Here are a few questions to ask everyone. Do you take shortcuts at work? Is your work station a mess? Do you ignore safety procedures? You know the saying, “Don’t bring your work home.”, well in reverse, “Don’t bring family issues to work with you”. Being proactive with your safety program on a daily basis, can prevent a tragic circumstance from ever happening. According to the Business Insurance website, the top 5 worker’s compensation injuries account for 72% of direct workers comp costs:

Overexertion injuries like pulling and lifting, are the most common and the

most expensive type of injuries.

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Slipping/Tripping injuries on wet floors or objects lying on the floor. Falling from Heights as in a roof, ladder, or stairway. Reaction Injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling. Muscles

injuries are very common in this type.

Falling Object injuries can be diminished with the proper PPE (Personal

Protective Equipment) like a hard hat.

“Shu-Day” Pics

In 2013, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) most cited standards were fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding, respiratory protection, electrical, forklifts, ladders, control of hazardous energy (Lockout/Tagout), electrical systems design, and machine guarding. The importance of installing safety guidelines for everything under a companies roof can not be stressed enough. One willful citation from OSHA can lead to a fine between $5K-$70K for a company, so get rid of those extension cords. ~Steve Risner, Staff Writer

Around The Water Cooler The Stork Is In Route May 16, 2014… Michelle and TJ Horner are excited for the arrival of their first child, Evelyn Nicole or Dominic Michael. And yes, after a recent doctor visit, the ultrasound confirmed there’s just one little Horner (to sit in the corner). The Stork is supposed to deliver on or about December 1st.

Short Time HR’s newest Recruiter, Kaila Burns, has decided to trade her 40 minute drive to work for a 15 minute one to the Wolverine’ Call Center in Richmond, Indiana. We wish her all the best, especially in her upcoming marriage to Logan Brubaker, an English teacher in the New Madison school district.

All Moved In The Haines have moved into their new home. Double the square footage, Heather loves all the new space. Heather added, “I really love how quiet it is out here and how bright the stars are at night.” Everyone in the family has loved the change except for their Doberman, Brutus. Brutus is proof a house doesn’t make a home, but we think he’ll survive.

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The New Haines’ Residence

From The President’s Desk May 19, 2014… President, Heather Risner, at the May HR Council meeting, expressed a renewed motivation from the addition of a new client & a Direct Hire opportunity. A professional Direct Hire has always been a favorite challenge of Heather’s. Heather stated that HR Associates is exploring the idea of a 2nd office, and the search for a location has begun.

On The Home Front Having her new Wright State Physics sophomore deciding to live (for free) & work on campus this summer was as Heather put it, “Awesome!” The middle son and a 2015 high school senior just finished Spring Baseball at Covington High & has moved on to a summer landscaping job. A soon to be Covington Freshman, as well as Heather’s youngest, played 3 different positions during his Acme team’s win over a Troy club in their 1st outing of the summer season.

Heather & Glen @ Jay’s Seafood

Spring 2014 Connect  

*2 Weeks Notice *If The Shu Fits *Grilled Beer Chicken *Shu Day Pictures *Safety Training: A New Direction * Around The Water Cooler * H's N...