By Jim Hanni, Jennifer Haugh of AAA
Entering into another busy moving season, AAA wants to be sure you’re securing that load! Whether you’re moving the whole family, the college student, or cleaning out the garage and hauling things off, take these precautions to avoid causing trouble on the roadways.
AAA is calling for drivers to properly secure their loads to prevent dangerous debris.
AAA researchers examined common characteristics of crashes involving road debris and found that:
About two-thirds of debris-related crashes are the result of items falling from a vehicle due to improper maintenance and unsecured loads. Crashes involving vehicle related-debris increased 40 percent since 2001, when the Foundation first studied the issue. The most common types of vehicle debris are:
Drivers can decrease their chances of being involved in a road debris crash by:
“Continually searching the road at least 12 to 15 seconds ahead can help drivers be prepared in the case of debris,” said William Van Tassel, Manager of Driver Training Programs for AAA. “Always try to maintain open space on at least one side of your vehicle in case you need to steer around an object. If you see you are unable to avoid debris on the roadway, safely reduce your speed as much as possible before making contact.”
AAA also recommends that drivers avoid tailgating and remain alert while on the road.
AAA provides automotive, travel and insurance services to 56 million members nationwide. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. The not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.aaa.com.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current average length of service for employees is four years, with those between 25-32 years of age even lower at two years. With service periods shortening, it’s natural to experience higher levels of turnover. Data from a Society of Human Resource Management survey estimated annual turnover at 18 percent with costs between 50 and 75 percent of average total compensation, indicating turnover can have a significant impact on the cost of doing business. For example, a 100-person company with an 18 percent turnover rate and average total compensation of $60,000 could experience direct and indirect turnover costs of $530,000 to $800,000 on an annual basis. From a financial standpoint, employee retention is key to a successful business, and company culture is one factor that can help retain employees.
Mike Krizman, Human Resource Advisor at TMAC and The University of Texas at Arlington, spoke on organization culture at NATM’s Workforce Development Summit in November of 2020. He covered organizational culture and its importance during his presentation. He touched on what organizational culture is comprised of as well as barriers and tips to forming the type of culture that benefits both employees and employers.
TMAC is a NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) and is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Texas. TMAC’s mission is to accelerate profitable growth and competitiveness of Texas manufacturers by developing and improving profit, products, processes, technologies, and people.
What is Organization Culture?
Krizman defined culture as the conscience and subconscious of an organization. It is universally understood and influences the success of a company. Culture is comprised of the values and behaviors of employees and is unique to that individual group. It is dynamic which means it is affected by many different factors, both internal and external. Most importantly, culture impacts an organization’s ability to succeed.
Culture is made up of a variety of factors including the company’s vision or mission as well as what employees bring to work every day. Experiences, beliefs, attitudes, opinions, etc. all make up the organization’s culture. Leadership can help set the cultural example for employees to follow by enacting it themselves.
Barriers to Successful Organization Culture
Although building a successful culture is a key part to a business’ success, it is not without its challenges. Culture relies on all parts (employees, leaders, systems and processes, etc.) working seamlessly together; if one part breaks, the entire culture takes a hit, and regaining the loss can be tedious. Be on the lookout for these barriers to success:
These three things can negatively impact the growth of organizational culture. If leaders do not support the culture, there is no reason for other employees to be supportive. If HR does not have the practices in place to act in line with the culture, it will be unable to take root. If what employees see does not line up with the culture, it is something fake and out of reach, something they are not meant to be a part of.
Tips for Building a Successful Culture
A successful culture is one established from the top-down and bottom-up. It is systemic and written into company policies and plans. A successful company culture is one that employees see themselves in.
Examples of actionable steps to take to ensure consistency and success across the company include:
Leaders should be at the forefront of the organizations culture. Here’s some examples of actions they should take to ensure knowledge is passed on to the appropriate parties:
Organizations have a greater likelihood of success when leaders create vision, mission, and value statements to drive their desired cultural and performance expectations. Leaders should work to establish an environment where employees can reach their full potential while also meeting their basic physical and psychological needs. This requires the introduction of a competitive HR management program, extensive communication systems, and an engaged workforce which will help create the link between employee and organization needs.
For more information about how TMAC can assist your company in Texas, contact TMAC by phone at (800) 625-4876; on their website at www.TMAC.org; or, contact speaker Mike Krizman at Mike.Krizman@tmac.org.
The trailer industry, like many industries in the United States, has been greatly impacted by ongoing supply chain disruptions and trade issues. With sourcing of parts and materials primarily coming from foreign manufacturers and material and component shortages, the industry has experienced great volatility as a result of tariffs and the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the changing trade climate and adjusting your business practices accordingly can be difficult, which is why NATM is hosting the Tariff & Trade Webinar on June 22, 2021 at 2:00 pm CST.
As trade and tariff issues are regularly evolving, Stacy will curate her presentation on the most current challenges and topics. The agenda will include current trade issues, how the trade arena has changed under the Biden Administration, the recent implementation of USMCA, and predictions on how the trade arena could continue to change.
Stacy Ettinger, Partner at K&L Gates, has received high praise from NATM Members that have attended her presentations at the NATM Regulatory Roundup & Capitol Hill Visits, as well as NATM’s Coffee & Conversation Event with Rep. Walorski. She has over 25 years of experience working with U.S. and foreign businesses and foreign governments on international trade as well as regulatory, investment, and policy matters. Stacy advises U.S. and foreign companies operating across a diverse range of sectors, including manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure. Her practice covers international trade and investment and regulatory matters, including trade investigations, tariff actions (232, 301, 201), customs rulings, national security reviews of foreign acquisitions and investments (CFIUS), free trade zones, bilateral and multilateral negotiations, market access issues, international IP, and food/product standards.
If there are additional topics or hot-button industry issues that you would like addressed through NATM’s educational content, contact NATM Assistant Director Meghan Ryan at (785) 272-4433 or Meghan.Ryan@natm.com.
NATM Tariff & Trade Webinar
June 22, 2021
Presenter: Stacy Ettinger, Partner, K&L Gates
Time: 2:00 pm CST, 3:00 pm Eastern
Cost: FREE for NATM Members and Dealer Affiliates
Register: Click here to register