Employee & Job Seeker Blog
Alpha's Safety Protocol for Meeting with Clients, Employees, and Applicants in the Office
The health and safety of our clients, employees, and staff is our top priority. To ensure in-person meetings continue to safeguard all individuals Alpha has set up the following safety protocols when meetings are held at our office.
Alpha's COVID-19 Safety Protocols:
All meetings are by appointment only
Applicant / Employee will text or call the person they made an appointment with to meet them at the door and let them into the office.
Human Resources (Lory Taylor): 207-776-1134
Payroll (Jennifer Corby): 508-840-9875
Sales (Chris Lihzis): 508-280-7388
Sales (Jessica Kegler): 608-234-2960
Alpha staff member will greet visitor at the door. Prior to entering the office the visitor will be asked if they have read the standard CDC checklist questions. There will be hand sanitizer and masks on a table outside the door for visitors to use at their discretion.
While maintaining social distance (6-feet apart), the visitor will be led to the meeting area.
Social distance (6-feet apart) will be maintained while visitor is seated for interviewing or being assisted with paperwork.
If the visitor is using an Alpha pen, they will take the pen with them at the end of the meeting.
Alpha staff will use disinfection wipes pre and post visits, as well as wear a mask.
If you have any questions, please contact Alpha's Human Resources Department: 207-776-1134
Stay Safe and Healthy!
The Alpha Group
61 East Main St, Norton, MA 02766 / Tel: 508-285-8500 / Fax: 508-285-4000
Alpha's Employee COVID-19 Health Assessment
The CDC requires us to ask these questions. We are asking you to do a self-evaluation health assessment. Do not enter the office, report to work, or apply to work if you say "YES" to any of the following questions: Please contact our Human Resources Department: 207-776-1134.
Question 1: Do you have any of the following symptoms?
- Shortness of Breath
- Sore Throat
- Chills and Body Aches
- Nausea or Vomiting
Question 2: Do you have a member of your household suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19?
Question 3: Have you recently been in a large gathering with 10 people or more not wearing mask and not social distancing?
- To social distance - 6 feet apart
- Wash your hands often
- Wear a facemask*
* We require you to bring a face mask with you every day to work. If you do not have a mask, please call Human Resources 207-776-1134 and one will be provided to you.
Be safe and thank you for your understanding.
The Alpha Group
61 East Main St, Norton, MA 02766 / Tel: 508-285-8500 / Fax 508-285-4000
Assisting Alpha Clients in Staying Up-to-Date on COVID-19
At The Alpha Group we feel it's important to provide our clients with up-to-date resources on staying healthy and safe during COVID-19 and when returning to work. To assist you with this links to external sites that provide valuable information are listed below, and will be added to as new ones become available.
COVID-19 Information Links:
- CDC Activities and Initiatives for COVID 19 Response
- OSHA COVID-19 Guidelines
- COVID-19 Return to Work Series by Holland & Knight
- Employer COVID Reporting Obligations by Holland & Knight
- Contact Tracing for Employers
Stay Healthy & Safe!
The Alpha Group
Helping Employees Stay Up-to-Date on COVID-19
At The Alpha Group we feel it's important to provide our candidates and employees with up-to-date resources on staying healthy and safe during COVID-19 and when returning to work. To assist you with this links to external sites that provide valuable information are listed below, and will be added to as new ones become available.
COVID-19 Information Links:
How to Successfully Bring Back Employees as States Reopen
Are you tired of hearing the words "COVID-19" and "coronavirus," as well as the phrases "the new normal" and "getting back to business?" We are too! But, being in the staffing industry there are times we must use them. Assisting employers with finding employees - now that they are "getting back to business" or increasing business - is one of those times when we find ourselves communicating with these terms. After all, reality is, it is because of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the CARES Act that employers are facing the current staffing challenge.
WORKING REMOTELY: 5 Tips on Making It Work for You!
You're about to work from home! Are you nervous? Excited? Overwhelmed? Looking forward to it? All of the above?
If you haven't worked remotely before you may wonder how you will balance everything, how you'll stay disciplined and focused. It may take a bit of adjusting your mindset, but it will be worth it. You may even find you have increased production, less office distractions, and time freed-up from no commute.
March 12, 2020
To: All Employees
We, at The Alpha Group, Inc., understand your concern about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and our hearts go out to all of you who've been touched by this in your lives.
We want to keep our employees healthy and safe. Please think about washing your hands many times during the day, using hand sanitizer, and coughing or sneezing into your sleeves or tissue. Be aware of your co-works and your teams to ensure that anyone is cooperating and taking the necessary steps to keep your environment free of germs. Follow regular cleaning practices using a disinfectant formulated to kill the coronavirus.
We will continue to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other public health agencies to determine the safest course of action for all of our employees.
For the latest information about coronavirus, we encourage you to visit the link below:
At The Alpha Group, Inc. we truly care about your health and well-being. We value you as an employee, particularly during these challenging times, and we thank you for your commitment and for being part of our team.
Stay Positive and Be Well!
Human Resources Director
Protect Your Back While You're at Work
It's the only one you have!
It's Monday morning. My back is aching. I spent Saturday sitting on an airplane, sitting outside in the cold at a sporting event, then sitting on an airplane to fly home. Sunday I cleaned out, organized, and rearranged my home office. Now I sit behind my desk at work typing on my computer. All the lifting, carrying, and moving furniture and items, combined with sitting for long periods of time, took a toll on my back. So it's fitting that I am now writing about protecting your back. Whether it's at work or home, there are several ways to protect your back.
The Legalization of Marijuana and the Impact It Has On the Workforce
Are you an employer who currently drug tests your employees? Is your business located in a state that has legalized marijuana for medical and / or recreational use? How has this impacted your company's hiring practices?
Providing Support to Employers and Employees When Employee is in the Reserve or National Guard
If you're an employer who has an employee in the Reserve or National Guard you may struggle trying to determine how to make their time away, serving our country, work for all involved - your business, the employee, and their family.
You're ready to fill a position, now you need to decide if you will go the direct hire or temp-to-perm route - which is the best route for you?
Being a staffing agency, we often receive the question from our clients, "Is it better to hire an employee as a permanent (direct hire) or temp-to-perm employee?" As with so many things in business, the answer is, "It depends." I sat down with Jessica Kegler, our sales manager, to get her thoughts on this. Let's see and listen to what she has to say about this topic.
Tips on Writing a Professional Resume
You've been searching for a new job and wonder if your resume needs to be cleaned up a little. You're not sure what to include and not include, what the layout should be, or how to best highlight your skills and accomplishments. Below are a few tips for you to consider as you write or rewrite your resume.
Payrolling is different from the payroll processing services most of us are familiar with - where you process payroll checks for your employees or outsource the service to a third-party. Payrolling an employee - is a cost-effective option, with lower company payroll risks! Read on, to learn more about Payrolling Services and how your company could benefit from it...
There are certain questions we are asked on a regular basis from businesses when considering using The Alpha Group for their staffing and hiring needs:
Who is The Alpha Group?
What makes your company different from other staffing and employment agencies?
What different types of hiring does The Alpha Group assist with?
What additional services do you offer?
To assist you, and make your life easier, we've brought the answers here, to one location.
4 Tips for Holiday Shopping on a Shoestring Budget
Thanksgiving is over. Christmas is only two weeks away. The race to finish your holiday shopping is on! Are you ready? Or do you still have more shopping to do?
Are you trying not to break the bank, while still finding the perfect gifts? Are you working on a shoestring budget? Have no fear - you can still find great gifts and stay within your budget.
Have you ever been in a situation where there was a job to be done, but no one did it? No one stepped up to the plate and made it happen. Then everyone started pointed fingers and blaming everyone else for the failure.
Take a moment and ask why this happened. What could have been done to make sure the job was completed? Was it that everyone thought someone else would take care of it? Was there a lack of leadership, clarity, or communication of who was to do what? Was is it similar to Charles’ Osgood’s “The Responsibility Poem?”
It's Done! The overtime rule has been finalized. Effective January 1, 2020 the new rate will take effect. Refer to the infographic to help you better understand the changes.
Good to Know: Protest Review – Massachusetts DUA Online
To everyone that protests claims with Massachusetts unemployment, we would like to provide you with some information for submitting information online:
Soft Skills: Definitions and Examples
Soft skills are personality traits and behaviors. Unlike technical or “hard” skills, soft skills are not about the knowledge you possess but rather behaviors you display in different situations.
Let a tough problem marinate overnight.
Write it down before you go to bed. Let your mind turn it over, and then write more in the morning.
Who used this method? Thomas Edison. He once said: “Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious.”
— Adapted from “10 Things the Most Successful People Do Every Day,” Eric Barker, Time.
Last week, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its long-awaited proposed change to the minimum salary threshold for the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new minimum salary threshold is $35,308/year (or $679/week).
This new rule is not finalized nor in effect now. Rather, the new rule is open for a notice and comment period, with the DOL accepting public comments for 60 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register. The Department of Labor predicts that the new rule will likely become effective in January 2020.
8 Expert Tips To Having A Healthy Company Environment
Arguably one of the most important elements in motivating and engaging employees is by having a healthy company environment. But, how exactly can you make an environment where team members are productive, happy, encouraged and accepted? Try these eight valuable tips and you’ll be on your way to having a healthy company environment.
1. Build Trust
According to 90% or workers, honesty, trust and fairness are considered the most important attributes valued in the workplace. But, how exactly can you establish trust in the workplace? According to Eva Rykrsmith on QuickBase, an organizational psychologist and HR/OD leader, you can begin by doing the following:
This 5-Day Workplace Meditation Challenge Will Make Everyone in Your Office Happier
You don't know yourself.
You spend your life pretending to understand yourself, others, and the world. But the truth is that you have no idea--you're just doing what everyone else does: going with the flow instead of engaging in meaningful introspection.
But you want something more.
You're aware that, despite your limitations, there's still plenty of fulfillment to be discovered in this lifetime. So, you're trying to walk the fine line between professional success and personal fulfillment.
Sedentary lifestyles are killing us – we need to build activity into our everyday lives, not just leave it for the gym.
Originally Published by The Guardian
This is the time of year when trainers are mined from under beds and gym kits are disinterred from the bottom drawer. Google searches relating to physical fitness peak in January. Many people even trawl the web to find out about “desk exercises” and “workouts on the go” in case they are too busy to use their new gym memberships.
Our first Alpha Cares initiative for 2019 is…
Maintaining a Healthy You!
We will be focusing our efforts from January through March on the importance of keeping yourself healthy. Maintaining a healthy body, mind, and workplace are of the utmost importance, and will positively affect other aspects of your life.
What you might see in the coming months from Alpha Cares:
Physical Health: Did you know that there are no visibly clear symptoms of high blood pressure?
Mental Health: Did you know that about one in five adults experienced a mental health issue in 2014? You are not alone.
Workplace Health: Did you know that workplace health programs that offer an integrated approach to employee health can lead to better productivity, fewer absences, and improvements in employee retention?