The Power of Gratitude: Taking a Closer Look at What We’re Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Being Grateful this Thanksgiving

While the sights and smells of Thanksgiving conjure up fond memories of family gatherings, turkey and homemade pies and watching movies on TV, it’s important to remember what the true meaning behind Thanksgiving is: to celebrate gratitude.

The Universal and Timeless Value of Gratitude

In the words of American writer Melody Beattie, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity … it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

It doesn’t end here.

According to experts at Forbes, various studies have shown that there are seven proven benefits of feeling and expressing gratitude.

  1. It improves physical health:
    • Grateful people exercise more often (than their counterparts) and make regular trips to the doctor’s office, thereby, showing signs of better overall health.
  2. It enhances empathy and reduces aggression:
    • Grateful people

Navigating through Introversion: Four Proven Methods to Improve Collaboration When Working with Introverts

Contrary to general conceptions, being outgoing or assertive is not the only way to excel in our careers. In fact, many great leaders, innovators and artists are (or were) introverts.

As a child who was a serious introvert, I can empathize with those who are. It’s not a choice; rather, it’s what comes naturally. As such, group activities at school were, at times, more a source of anxiety than anything else. Over the years, my introversion lessened and eventually became a thing of the past.

However, that is not the case for many introverts.

In this blog, I’ll examine these challenges, and, more importantly, explore some solutions.

Common Misconceptions About Introverts in the Corporate Environment

Some common misconceptions about introverts, particularly in the context of the corporate environment, are:

  • They don’t exhibit strong leadership skills.
  • They are disengaged or uninterested.
  • They don’t like their job or their colleagues.

This can …

Don’t Trip Up: The First Day of Fall Is a Good Reminder about Revitalizing Fall Safety Programs

Organizations need to put more focus in and dedicate more resources towards developing and executing walking-working surface and fall protection programs.   

The first day of fall is a good reminder to re-examine your fall protection program. The only things that should be falling in the next several months are leaves, not employees.

When it comes to the sheer number of falls that happen every year and the severity of their impact, the numbers are quite staggering. In the United States alone, they represent the third-leading cause of accidental injury-related deaths. For instance, in 2018, falls represented 22 percent of the total number of unintentional deaths. To say that these rates are alarming would be an understatement. 

Intelex offers these useful resources to help you reinforce the importance of fall safety with your workforce. Whether it’s eliminating falls from heights by utilizing the correct personal protective equipment and training workers in … Read more...

L2L Episode 3: How Are You Tracking and Managing all the Compliance Issues You Face Day-to-Day?

Corporate manager giving a presentation to group of factory workers and talking with them about future business development.

Health and safety leaders agree that navigating the complexity of regulatory, governmental and even internal compliance can be challenging. 

The five leaders who sat down to discuss the trends and issues that impact health and safety performance as part of our Leaders2Leaders video series agreed that compliance – local, city, province, region, internal, etc. – can be one of the most complex aspects of their jobs. 

“There have been significant changes in the law in some countries which has helped,” said Paul Darby, Global Head of Health and Safety at DHL Global Forwarding. “Corporate manslaughter in the UK really woke a lot of chief executives up. It’s a complex world and even slight variations can introduce massive complexity.” 

Darby and the others agreed that when it comes to compliance, corporate H&S leaders should not assume they know everything required to meet regulations and requirements at the … Read more...

Labor Day Through the Years – Don’t Allow the Pandemic of 2020 to Derail your EHS Efforts

The first Monday in September is dedicated to Labor Day, which honors the dedication and sacrifice made by today’s workers, as well as the sacrifices of the workers who came before us.

Looking at a timeline of the 150 years leading up to now, one thing becomes apparent: the Labor Day celebrations we enjoy today, filled with picnics and family time, are the result of the blood, sweat and tears of millions of workers throughout the last century and a half and beyond.

From mining disasters that claimed hundreds of lives, to construction work that triggered an epidemic of silicosis among workers on a bridge project, to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, workers have paid the price of lax workplace safety and health practices with their lives.

I’m not an EHS professional. I’m a journalist and content director. But over the years, especially as I was growing up, worker safety … Read more...

A Darker Shade of Orange: How to Thoroughly Understand and Effectively Manage Autumn Anxiety

While some people enjoy the changing of the seasons (I happen to be one of them), I will say this: it’s not always an easy transition. You can often feel down – at least at the subconscious level – without even realizing it. It’s not always easy to comprehend, much less simple to identify the reasons why you feel the way that you do. If you’re anything like me, you somehow rationalize it and often dismiss it.

But that’s just pulling the wool over our own eyes, isn’t it?

If we actually took the time to research whether this is a legitimate condition or not, we’d realize that the answer – according to the experts in the field – is a reverberating yes.

Understanding the Science Behind it All

Before attempting to tackle the issue head on, it’s important to understand the issue in its entirety, starting from its true … Read more...

Check Out the New Features Added to the Intelex Platform

Enhancements to the Intelex software platform improve usability and performance!

The Intelex platform keeps getting better and better! Intelex has delivered new features as well as usability and performance enhancements over the past months. Key items released include:

Photo Annotation

Now, your users can draw on photos before attaching them. They can circle a hazard, draw an arrow to highlight an observation, and more. Not only will you be able to better pinpoint exactly what is reported, it saves time in investigating or resolving a reported concern or safety hazard.

Email Warnings

Misconfigured data imports cost time, money, and result in a lot of frustration. You can now receive an email notification warning of misconfigured Data Import Templates. Minimize the time and troubleshooting required to import data cleanly the first time, without the headache.

Document Format Support

Uploading a document in Word? PDF? Excel? With our new release for the … Read more...

Thinking on Your Feet: The Importance of Agility Outside of the Workplace

If there’s a consistent message that’s been all over the business news the past few months, it’s this: organizations all over the world have had to make dramatic changes to existing strategies, tactical plans and processes to respond and adapt to the recent COVID-19 outbreak and its aftermath.

Companies that have been pivoting – both in terms of speed and breadth – have been more resilient during these challenging times.

Transcending Our Personal Lives: The Applicability of Agility

The concept and practice of agility isn’t only confined to the workplace.

When you stop to think about it, most of us are faced with changes on a consistent basis. In fact, if our current lifestyles are reflective of anything, it’s that the pace will most likely not slow down – which will, in effect, bring about more change.

So what does that mean, exactly? That the best way to cope and … Read more...

Learning to Thrive: Learning Disabilities in the Workplace

Elisa Blasi is a Senior Technical Training Specialist at Intelex, and has learned that sometimes, standing out in the crowd is a good thing.

At a very young age I was diagnosed with a learning disability, which would impact the way I read, write, and understand numbers for the rest of my life. From that point on, I lived in constant fear of being outed as the student who was different and who was perceived as stupid.

As a child, I would have given anything to fit in. I wanted to blend in with all the other students who could take notes from the board and read aloud to the enter classroom.

Today, I am a Senior Technical Training Specialist at Intelex. I travel around the world and train large groups of subject matter experts on environmental, health, safety, and quality applications. I develop training roll-out strategies and customize learning … Read more...

OSHA Guidance for the Construction Industry During Coronavirus Disease 2019

OSHA recently published COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce.

(This Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) blog is reprinted with permission from the authors and from the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.)

We have issued several GT Alerts on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Our first Alert, published Jan. 31, 2020, provided general information on OSHA requirements and steps for employers to consider as COVID-19 began to appear in the United States, before work shutdown and shelter orders were in place.

The second alert, published March 25, 2020, provided guidance for essential workers. The third alert, published April 14, 2020, examined whether an employee’s COVID-19 case is work-related and recordable. This fourth alert covers recently published guidance provided by OSHA for the construction industry, “COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce.”

List of COVID-19 Recommendations

Although OSHA targeted the construction industry, this concise list … Read more...