Welcome Aboard! Why Onboarding Is an Important Part of the Intelex Hiring Process

New hire onboarding is key to making new Intelex employees feel welcome and engaged.

Intelex was awarded a Silver medal in Brandon Hall Group’s 2021 Excellence in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition, Human Resources, Sales Performance, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Future of Work Awards for Best New Hire Onboarding Program.

Starting your new dream job can be stressful. New coworkers. New processes. New passwords. Even finding the coffee/tea station and bathrooms feels like a chore when you’re being bombarded with information, names and instructions.

New hire onboarding is key to making new employees feel welcome and engaged. That’s why Intelex views onboarding as a critical starting point for the company culture, engagement and tenure of an employee. Our goal is to make the onboarding process a warm and well-structured welcome experience that takes place starting at 5 days before the new employee’s start date and … Read more...

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week: A Commitment for Life

Each year, during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, thousands of individuals and organizations across North America join together to raise awareness about the importance of preventing injuries and illnesses at work. NAOSH Week runs from Sunday through Saturday the first full week in May. The goal during NAOSH Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Created by the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering and championed by ASSP and other organizations in Canada, the United States and Mexico, this key observance is celebrating its 20th anniversary and encourages grassroots efforts at every organization in all industries to bolster workplace safety. (#NAOSHweek)

The Importance of Work Safety

Eighty-five percent of workers rank workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity … Read more...

Forget the Quotes: Four Things You Can Do to Boost Employee Engagement

Goals motivate us to save money, walk 10,000 steps a day and close deals. If you can make reaching those goals interesting or fun, even better.

Quotes are easy. Motivating yourself and engaging others is hard. These tips can help boost employee engagement.

We’ve all seen the posters and read the quotes: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” (Walt Disney). “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” (Charles R. Swindoll) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” (Nelson Mandela)

The fact of the matter is that quotes don’t actually work to motivate us. If you are trying to motivate yourself or boost employee engagement, consider some advice from researcher Ayelet Fishbach.

Fishbach, the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, writing in the Read more...

OSHA Safe and Sound Week: Using Data to Make Decisions

It is a pivotal part of the safety process to have everyone involved, and more importantly, have them engage.

As we celebrate OHSA’s Safe and Sound Week focusing on the theme of management leadership, finding and fixing hazards and increasing worker participation and engagement, I recognize that at Intelex, we are closely aligned in this mission with our software platform.

At Intelex, our clients are experiencing great success in protecting their employees by using data to make decisions that help keep the work environment safe. Fundamental concerns like auditing, training management, risk assessment and reporting safety hazards – along with being able to prioritize, track and eliminate such issues – can now be controlled within an electronic centralized safety management system.  

With that said, there’s a side of safety management that OSHA called out in this year’s campaign that has long been elusive for some: worker participation. As a … Read more...

Grow Your People, Grow Your Business

The training environment is changing rapidly, and many of us are facing unprecedented challenges.  

The COVID-19 crisis has brought about the need for us to think differently about how we deliver learning experiences. With the volume of information and the gravity of issues like the current pandemic, the ability to distill down to the right information at the right time and to the right audience is crucial.

This webinar will outline the roadblocks for developing impactful training sessions and tips for updating your learning environment to fit the growing needs of your training audiences. We will also highlight how employees learn and how to tailor and target the right training strategies that can help mitigate risk and streamline the transfer of knowledge throughout your organization. 

Whether you have employees working from home, on the front line, or doing remote fieldwork, being able to train them and increase their knowledge and … Read more...

Driving Employee Engagement by Championing Microlearning Methods and Enhanced Communications Techniques

How bulletins and mircolearning can elevate employee engagement.


With the pace of business increasing at an accelerating rate, people managers often find themselves having to process new information very quickly as well as transfer this new-found knowledge to their direct reports. With each learner having his or her own way of processing information, this can, at times, be quite a feat.

As a result, experts in the training space have championed learning styles that have yielded positive outcomes for a high number of individuals. Of these, one approach that has had a noticeable impact is mircrolearning.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Driving Progress through Bursts of Learning | Microlearning Simplified


Let’s start with the meaning of microlearning. Simply stated, it is “learning in small steps.” While that may not seem innovative at first, once you learn the benefits it provides, you’ll realize how underutilized a concept is has been … Read more...

Using Mobility to Increase Business Agility

With the Intelex mobile application, every employee can report real-time data on incidents where and when they occur, allowing for accelerated response and resolution anytime, anywhere, on any device.

Protecting the health and safety of your employees and ensuring product quality is a 24/7/365 job. Keeping employees productive, aware, and engaged is a critical component of your EHSQ program.

The Intelex Mobile application helps you simplify data intake, and get communications and best practices to the right people at the right time. It also will help you build an engaged workforce for improved EHSQ program adoption.

The fifth webinar in Intelex’s Product Webinar series focuses on Intelex Mobile. The webinar is Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10 am. The webinar will feature Aaron Davis, Senior Product Marketing Manager, and Dylan Adams, Senior Product Solutions Consultant. They will demonstrate:

  • How mobility can increase efficiency and productivity, and build business agility  
  • How you can
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Make 2020 Your Year for the Perfect Vision Statement

Does your vision statement set the tone for how your company, your EHSQ function, and your employees should think and act moving forward? 

If not, you might be ignoring an opportunity to integrate EHS with operational excellence efforts at your organization. 

Earlier this year, Intelex Technologies, where I am a vice president and practice lead for safety and health, was acquired by Industrial Scientific Corp. (ISC). 

Not long after assuming leadership of Intelex, Justin McElhattan, president of ISC and its subsidiaries, shared the vision for the companies he oversees. “We are here to dedicate our careers to eliminating death on the job by the year 2050,” McElhattan declared. 

His statement was not elaborate, but it was clear, concise, and set the tone for how the companies and employees are to think and act moving forward. Metaphorically speaking, Justin McElhattan did not just communicate a corporate vision, but our true north star; the fixed destination for the next three decades. It’s … Read more...

The Power of a Robust Safety Culture

If you doubt the power of a robust safety culture, you’ll want to learn more about the turnaround at the Goodyear Innovation Center Manufacturing (ICM) plant in Akron, Ohio.

Over a period of about five years, the facility, also known as Goodyear’s Racing Division, turned a litany of challenges and a long list of substandard performance metrics into a finely tuned, prosperous, and continuously improving operation.

And it all started with safety.

Describing the Racing Division business as it was in the fall of 2013 when Goodyear Corporate began an initiative to redouble its continuous improvement efforts, Dave Coleman, finance business partner and continuous improvement (CI) leader, resorted to several lists. During a presentation to a group of CI practitioners at a recent AME Cleveland Consortia event, he noted that from the outside view, ICM had:

• The worst safety record of all Goodyear manufacturing businesses.
• Run through five … Read more...

IIoT and the Continuing Evolution of Safety Management Systems

Safety management systems, like other performance-based systems, have evolved over the years. The establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1971 was a catalyst for a renewed emphasis on health and safety in the workplace, driven mostly by compliance. As a result, the 1970s saw a focused drive toward compliance and physical controls for hazards in the workplace. 

As EHS programs began to mature, the 1980s saw an evolution of behavior-based safety, which utilized a scientific approach based on the theories of Herbert William Heinrich in his definitive book Industrial Accident Prevention, A Scientific Approach. (Heinrich, 1941) Behavior-based safety is a broad term used to describe everything from employee behavior audits and feedback to a comprehensive safety management system designed to change a company’s safety culture. 

The 1990s saw a resurgence of knowledge and capability training combined with new methods of transferring information, such as online training. … Read more...