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Trainer Toolbox for July 2017

  When Sparks Fly Presenting NEW General Industry PowerPoints A picture is worth a thousand words, what about a video?   FOOTnotes – For Our Outreach Trainers: Information specific to OSHA Outreach Trainers authorized through the Southeastern OTI Education...

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70-20-10: How Professional Development Happens

We have been learning and growing our knowledge of the world and our interactions with it since birth. Throughout our lives, not a day will go by without some learning opportunity presenting itself. As adults in the workplace, we learn from our experiences, our...

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Tips for Mentoring Employees, Part 1: What’s a Mentor?

What is Mentoring? Mentoring is when an experienced individual helps guide and develop the successes and goals of a less experienced person. In her article, How to Be an Amazing Mentor: 12 Ways to Make a Positive Impact on Others, Lindsay Kolowich describes the mentor...

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Trainer Toolbox for May 2017

A collection of everything that’s new for safety trainers! Included in this edition: Don’t let the heat stress you out; stay cool!  Tractor Talk Materials, now available en Español   May, it’s Electrical Safety Month!  Safety and Health Programs   FOOTnotes – For...

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Focus On… Safe + Sound Week

Safe + Sound Week Is On! Want to show your commitment to safety? Want to make a difference? Join us, the Southeastern OTI Education Center, and others across the county, for the inaugural Safe + Sound Week slated for June 12-18, 2017. Planning an event? Add it to the...

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Promposal. Muumuu. And a Crane Class.

Last week, my 15 year old daughter accepted a “promposal” and my husband is beside himself.  Her suitor is a bag boy at Harris Teeter, wears his pants up at his waist and drives a 1999 Ford Focus with an “I Heart Marching Band” bumper sticker—I’m thinking we need to...

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Have a “Made in NC” Easter

We have a saying around here that in NC, we make everything from tortilla chips to microchips, and one of my favorite activities is helping people discover all the amazing products that are made in North Carolina. With Easter around the corner, let’s focus on how to have a celebration that is made in North Carolina.

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How Values Drive Value

Food purchases have traditionally had three drivers: price, taste and convenience. Health and wellness, safety, social impact, experience and transparency have all arrived at the table, and are playing into customers’ perceptions and purchase intentions. Simply put, some customers—especially Millennials—are just as likely to buy a bag of chips from a company they perceive to be socially responsible, as they are to consider a competing brand that’s cheaper.

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