Six Ways to Motivate Without Money

In today’s economy and workplace, it can be difficult to find ways to motivate employees without a monetary incentive. Kars4Kids, the nation’s largest car donation charity, offers six ways to help keep workers motivated, engaged and passionate – withoutbreaking the bank by handing out more cash. 1. Make your employees feel needed and appreciated. No matter how idealistic your employees are and how dedicated to the business, everyone needs a healthy dose of external appreciation to keep them going. It sounds like a no-brainer, but never forget to tell your employees – as often and in as many ways as possible – that your organization could never accomplish all it […]

Heat Blamed for Death of Massachusetts Postal Worker

Just days after Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels, the National Weather Service’s Director Dr. Louis Uccellini and television and radio meteorologists across the country held a teleconference to discuss the danger of heat to workers and provide life-saving information to share with outdoor workers in their communities, a U.S. Postal Service worker in Medford, Mass., collapsed and died during his mail route. James Baldasarre, 45, was due to leave work at 4:30 p.m. on July 5, but stayed later to work an additional shift. Baldasarre, who had worked for the postal service 24 years, never finished the route. He collapsed; his temperature reportedly […]

The Power of Servant Leadership

Throughout my career and travels, I have had the opportunity to see many people in leadership positions. Holding the position, however, does not make someone a leader. In fact, quite the opposite has been true in many cases. General George S. Patton said, “Never tell someone how to do something. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” His idea of empowering people has resonated with me. Whether as a temporary foreman at one steel company, a full-time foreman and wharehouse manager at another, a manager in a private business or a volunteer leader working with high school students, I have seen General Patton’s theory […]

Danger in the Sky: Researchers Examine Impact of Decompression on Pilots

Early reports from the scene have experts pointing to pilot error in the crash of a Boeing 777 July 6 at San Francisco International Airport. The pilot had never landed a 777 at the airport before, and had logged only 43 hours at the controls of a 777 before the crash. He had flown approximately 10,000 hours total in his career. Witness say the plane was low and slow as it made its approach, with the rear of the plane striking the runway and breaking off. As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation, it’s too soon to tell what factor or combination of factors caused the crash of […]