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Submitted by s.nelson on Wed, 05/12/2021 - 09:22

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How Workplace Safety Contributes to Good Mental Health

Your environment plays a large role in how you are able to mentally cope with heavy stress, especially during unsure times such as these. If you are working in a stressful environment, coping in healthy ways is much more difficult to do. The effects can have a huge impact on focus, motivation, and physical safety.

Dealing with mental illness in the workplace isn't a common subject, but as an employer, the mental health of your employees falls under the category of workplace health and safety — for which you are responsible. Let's talk more about this responsibility, why it matters, and how you can contribute more to the workplace health, safety, and mental health of your employees.

Why Your Employees ’Mental Health Matters in the Workplace

Whether your employee's illness is caused by physical stress or psychological stress, it's illness just the same. Just as having the flu can affect workplace performance, so can anxiety. However, people who struggle with depression, anxiety, or any of the many other psychological struggles out there are often stigmatized and not allowed any recourse.

Mental illness affects every facet of a person’s life, but since we are talking about workplace safety, we will focus on this one area for the purpose of this article.

The CDC reports that:

  • 40% of employees report their job is "very or extremely stressful."

  • 26% of employees report they are "often or very often burned out or stressed by their work."

  • 29% of employees report they feel "quite a bit or extremely stressed at work."

Since "an estimated 264 million people suffer from depression, one of the leading causes of disability," mental health concerns cross every occupation, socioeconomic status, and race. They carry persistent, long-term consequences which no doubt have a link between mental health and productivity in the workplace. To put a dollar amount to it, the World Health Organization states that "depression and anxiety have a significant economic impact; the estimated cost to the global economy is US $ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity. " This high cost is due to employees ’inability to perform at an optimal level, a lack of motivation, and increased turnover.

Unfortunately, many people (51% of those polled) don’t believe the workplace holds any responsibility over the mental health of its employees. This is a shame (and a sham). The status of one's mental health affects not only themselves, but those they come into contact with, including team members, managers, and customers.

How to Measure Your Employees' Mental Health

All this simply points to one important question: "How is the mental health of my employees?" There may not be any way to know for sure, but your workplace environment can hold a lot of clues to help you evaluate the risks.

Workplace Risks

When it comes to risk of high stress, your workplace does:

  • Have an unrelenting workload?

  • Match the competencies of workers to work required?

  • Limit employees ’participation in making decisions?

  • Take control over employees ’personal work areas?

  • Have inflexible work hours and strict personal and / or sick leave policies?

  • Practice poor communication?

  • Set unclear tasks or conflicting objectives?

  • Have unsustainably high standards?

  • Suffer from poor management practices?

  • Punish or criticize for failure?

  • Lack team cohesion?

  • Offer job security or opportunity for advancement?

  • Come off as unpleasant due to overcrowding, loud noise, air pollution, or ergonomic issues?

  • Look, feel, and smell dirty?

  • Carry a high personal safety risk?

  • Turn a blind eye to bullying and harassment?

  • Offer little support for employees?

  • Have inadequate health and safety policies and procedures in place?

Signs of job stress

While personalities and coping styles / skills are most important in how stress affects an employee, any of the above factors will raise the risk for an employee experiencing ongoing stress, which can cause or exacerbate poor psychological health.

Here are some signs your employees are struggling from stress on the job:

  • Having trouble concentrating on the task at hand

  • Experiencing a short temper

  • Isolating oneself from team members

  • Suffering from job dissatisfaction

  • Regularly showing up to work late or leaving early

  • Putting in a lot of overtime or frequently working beyond normal work hours

  • Exhibiting low morale

  • Talking about harming themself or others

How to Improve Your Employees ’Mental Health

Dealing with mental illness in the workplace should not be solely left up to each employee, but should be a branch of your overall workplace health and safety policies. That's because the health of your individual employees directly corresponds to the health of your organization as a whole. If you need more convincing, "a recent WHO-led study estimated that for every US $ 1 put into scaled up treatment for common mental disorders, there is a return of US $ 4 in improved health and productivity." Fortunately, there are quite a few things that organizations can do to recognize, acknowledge, and support employees with their mental health.

First, go back to the above list of workplace risks and be honest when evaluating where your workplace stands and in what areas it can improve.

Second, build general awareness across all organizational levels about mental health and how it relates to productivity in the workplace. Secure top management buy-in and enlist the input and involvement of all employees in establishing proper training and putting policies in place to guide procedures. Commit together to solve the problems.

Third, continue to foster a culture of understanding, acceptance, and support. Keep the conversation open and make resources available. This can take effort, compromise, and time. However, it must be done for the good of everyone.

Here are a few, more specific tips:

  • Recognize the needs and strengths of all employees.

  • Encourage a healthy work-life balance.

  • Deliver mental health interventions.

  • Look to other companies and find out what they have done to promote mental wellness.

Conclusion

Remember, as an employer, you are legally bound to uphold the rights of people with disabilities, including those associated with psychosocial disabilities. Everyone has a right to work. Everyone should be treated equally. Everyone should be provided with support in the workplace. It is your responsibility to ensure that your organization is dealing with mental illness in the workplace in a dignified manner.

To learn about how Avetta contributes to health and safety, visit our website, call 844-633-3801, or email [email protected]

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Submitted by c.higgins on Tue, 04/20/2021 - 07:11
Supply chain risk management software provider partners with DocuSign® to provide legally binding document signing and legal document workflows

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April 20, 2021, Orem, Utah--- Avetta® (www.avetta.com), the leading provider of supply chain risk management software, announced today it is now offering legal risk compliance with its eSignature service so suppliers have a legal way to digitally and remotely sign documents. Avetta and DocuSign are joining together to provide the service to speed up supplier onboarding, so clients and suppliers can get to work faster and still ensure compliance and reduce financial risk.

"Avetta Connect ™ automates supply chain processes for clients and suppliers, so they perform quality work while ensuring their employees and contractors return home safely each night," said Taylor Allis, Avetta chief product officer. “With Avetta eSignature, clients and suppliers can onboard faster and streamline their legal contracting processes so they can execute their projects faster. For the 100,000 suppliers in the Avetta network, eSignature simplifies their contracting processes to achieve faster legal compliance. "

eSignature provides legal document workflows. Clients and suppliers can easily and securely receive electronic signatures with all Avetta Connect ™ forms. Avetta clients can send, review, sign and track any type of document from within the platform.

The dashboard tracks the status of all suppliers completing document signatures. With eSignature, both clients and suppliers receive alerts and notifications regarding documents that need to be signed. The new process reduces the number of documents that have to be printed, signed, scanned and uploaded into Avetta Connect.

BGIS is an Avetta client that provides a full range of consulting, management and delivery services in the real estate industry. The company is very excited about using eSignature.

“We are very pleased to have collaborated with Avetta on this powerful solution. We feel very confident it will bolster our program’s resilience to mitigate risk and ensure our suppliers have signed our terms in an efficient and effective manner, ”said John Castelhano, VP strategic sourcing at BGIS.

More than 9,000 law firms use DocuSign, including half of the world's 100 largest law firms. The eSignature service meets and exceeds U.S., E.U. and global security standards, and it is accepted as a legally binding signature worldwide. eSignature enhances security, compliance and privacy concerns while reducing legal risks by adding the ability to track, access, audit and properly retain agreements.

Suppliers in the Avetta network like Rico Elevators welcome the new feature. "ESignature allows us to more easily and quickly manage contracts for our business," said Brandon Toole, office manager and safety supervisor at Rico Elevators, Inc. "The ease of use coupled with the reduced risk of legal issues is a great benefit."

Through Avetta’s API (Application Programming Interface), partners can easily integrate services such as DocuSign into the Avetta Connect platform.

"Avetta’s open APIs create simple ways to add new partner services, such as Avetta Financial Risk ™ and legal risk compliance through eSignature," added Allis. "Our product architecture provides an open ecosystem to add all relevant supply chain risk solutions for both clients and suppliers."

Avetta Connect ™

Avetta Connect ™ helps companies worldwide with supply chain risk management, enterprise and workplace safety through contractor management and prequalification with a SaaS-based system that is the most configurable in the industry. Avetta Connect ™ enables clients to configure goals, create and customize analytic dashboards, identify trends, modify processes, and produce reports that will improve safety and compliance for their supply chain operations as verified by the data analysis. Avetta Connect ™ also supports companies ’efforts regarding sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities.

About Avetta

Avetta offers a configurable SaaS-based solution that assists organizations - both large and small - in managing supply chain risk across a variety of disciplines. Avetta is building the world's most intelligent supply chain risk management network to advance clients ’safety, resilience and sustainability programs. Avetta leads the world in connecting leading global organizations across industries, including telecom, construction materials, manufacturing, facilities management, high tech and energy with qualified and vetted suppliers and contractors. The company brings unmatched access and visibility to its clients ’supply chain risk management process through its innovative and configurable technology coupled with highly experienced human knowledge and insight. We contribute to the advancement of our clients ’sustainable growth by protecting supply chains from a wide range of potential risks through trusted contractor prequalification, safety training and monitoring, regulatory compliance, insurance / financial stability and other areas of risk. Avetta serves more than 450 enterprise companies and 100,000 suppliers across 100+ countries. Visit https://www.avetta.com/ for more information.

PR Contact:

SnappConner PR
Mark Fredrickson, +1 801-806-0161
[email protected]

Avetta
Scott Nelson, +1 801-850-3363
[email protected]

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Submitted by l.faulkner on Sun, 04/11/2021 - 10:29
Appointments help support Avetta’s continuing rapid growth and commitment to providing best-in-class supply chain risk management solutions

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Orem, UTAH - April 12, 2021 -Avetta, the leading provider of supply chain risk management software, announced two key executive appointments: Tom McNamara as Chief Operating Officer, and Jeff Byal as Chief Financial Officer.

In his new role, McNamara will lead sales, marketing, the supplier network and professional services. With his experience in building high-performing teams, delivering aggressive growth and leading organizational transformation, he will align Avetta’s employees, processes and systems to match the company’s rapid expansion.

Byal brings 30 years of experience and a high specialization in leading the growth of billion dollar SaaS and technology organizations. Byal will work alongside CEO and President, Arshad Matin, to assist in managing the company’s continuing growth.

“We are pleased to announce these appointments of highly seasoned executives with the experience to assist in guiding our operations through this exciting time of high growth,” said Matin. “Aligning sales, marketing, supplier network services and partnerships under Tom’s leadership ensures Avetta will serve clients and suppliers cohesively in our network as we grow. Likewise, Jeff will work closely with senior executives to ensure financial resilience and appropriate investment in our continuing organic and inorganic global growth. ”

McNamara has more than 30 years of professional sales, marketing, business development, solution engineering, client services and account management experience from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Previously, McNamara was COO and Chief Revenue Officer of construction software leader Viewpoint, where he managed operations for the entire client lifecycle — from marketing and sales to implementation and client support. McNamara also spent almost 10 years at NAVEX Global, where he was Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Sales. He spent another six years with Associated Business Systems and 12 years at Xerox.

“Avetta is redefining supply chain management services for companies and suppliers post COVID-19,” said McNamara. “The management team is top notch, with experience in building companies during their high-growth stages. I'm excited to add to the depth of the executive team to help the company succeed. "

Byal is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) with more than 30 years ’experience that includes 15 years in the software / IT services industry. Byal has 25 years ’experience at the CFO / CAO level and brings a wealth of global Merger / Acquisition experience to Avetta along with his senior global financial leadership abilities. Among his multiple leadership positions, Byal served most recently as CFO for Appriss, a Kentucky-based global company that provides state-of-the-art technology, risk and data-driven analytic solutions for local, state and federal agencies, data & insurance companies, healthcare providers, pharmacies and retailers.

“The team at Avetta has uniquely positioned itself with the global market’s need for much needed supplier compliance software and tools with a market that is ever increasing,” said Byal. "The opportunity to join Arshad, Tom and the entire Avetta team on this journey to build a durable organization serving the best companies around the globe is something I could not miss out on."

“We look forward to the contributions of both of these executives in furthering our ongoing mission of supply chain safety, resilience and sustainability,” Matin concluded.

Along with the addition of these two executives and the critical mass of leadership and clients located in Texas, Avetta is opening a second Executive Headquarters in Houston. The expansion is planned for later this year.

Avetta’s technology platform, Avetta Connect ™, helps companies worldwide build resilience and continuity in their supply chains - from increasing visibility within the network to ensure safety and sustainability. The Avetta Marketplace provides suppliers and contractors deep discounts on insurance and safety-related products and services.

About Avetta

Avetta offers a configurable SaaS-based solution that assists organizations - both large and small - in managing supply chain risk across a variety of disciplines. Avetta is building the world's most intelligent supply chain risk management network to advance clients ’safety, resilience and sustainability programs. Avetta leads the world in connecting leading global organizations across industries, including telecom, construction materials, manufacturing, facilities management, high tech and energy with qualified and vetted suppliers and contractors. The company brings unmatched access and visibility to its clients ’supply chain risk management process through its innovative and configurable technology coupled with highly experienced human knowledge and insight. We contribute to the advancement of our clients ’sustainable growth by protecting supply chains from a wide range of potential risks through trusted contractor prequalification, safety training and monitoring, regulatory compliance, insurance / financial stability and other areas of risk. Avetta serves more than 450 enterprise companies and 100,000 suppliers across 100+ countries. Visit https://www.avetta.com/ for more information.

PR Contact:

SnappConner PR

Mark Fredrickson, +1 801-806-0161

[email protected]

Avetta

Scott Nelson, +1 801-850-3363

[email protected]

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Submitted by c.higgins on Wed, 03/31/2021 - 07:44
Avetta Connect ™ has been optimized to intelligently match suppliers with existing requirements and to enable improved service levels.

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Orem, Utah - March 31, 2021 - Avetta®, the leading provider of supply chain risk management software, is adding an intelligent supplier classification tool to Avetta Connect ™ to better align different types of suppliers with the security and certification requirements for theirs to coordinate the work carried out. The new process, which will be available in early April, optimizes supplier onboarding and adds more service levels. It also offers a better option for a wider range of suppliers.

"The Avetta Connect platform is unique in that it manages a large number of suppliers in very different industries," said Taylor Allis, Avetta's chief product officer. “In order to scale the digitization of risk management programs for our customers' supply chains, we need to provide new ways to intelligently automate the classification and management of supply chain suppliers. The latest features of Avetta Connect enable customers to automatically map compliance requirements to companies based on their attributes - on a global scale. "

Thats how it works

  1. Suppliers go through an efficient registration process that intelligently classifies them by risk level based on their business type, industry and the work they are doing. The classifications are based on international industrial standards.

  1. Companies configure their compliance and pre-qualification requirements in the Avetta platform for all supplier types, classifications and these new risk levels.

  1. Suppliers are instantly assigned to the correct services, where they complete assessment questionnaires, provide relevant performance indicators and upload supporting documents to complete their onboarding process.

  1. Suppliers are then assessed against the correct compliance standards based on the location, local laws, industry, type of work and customer requirements to ensure even safer and more sustainable working conditions.

Avetta Connect

Avetta Connect creates a simple and individual way for customers to communicate their specific requirements for each order. These requirements are not only limited to safety and health, but can also be adapted to additional environmental, social and governance specifications.

"For us, pre-qualification in safety is an important part of the services we offer our customers," says Trey Hollingsworth, CSP, Director, Health, Safety & Environmental at UP Professional Solutions. “We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest levels of security and compliance at UP Professional Solutions. The Avetta network makes it easier for us to work with our customers and ensures that we are all committed to our safety performance and that we are held responsible accordingly. "

Suppliers are intelligently assessed based on the services and products they offer and guided through the correct assessment process. With the advanced analysis capabilities of Avetta Connect - statistics, incident records, history and other performance indicators - customers can create configurable dashboards and reports, giving them insight down to the employee level for specific work tasks and locations.

Joining the Avetta Network also gives suppliers access to the Avetta Marketplace, a resource for purchasing discounted security products and other security-related services.

About Avetta

Avetta offers a configurable SaaS solution that helps organizations large and small to manage supply chain risk across a variety of disciplines. Avetta is building the world's smartest supply chain risk management network to drive customer safety, resilience and sustainability programs. Avetta is a world leader in connecting leading global organizations in a variety of industries including oil / gas, telecommunications, building materials, facility management and many others. This is achieved with qualified and thoroughly examined suppliers, contractors and providers. The company offers its customers unmatched access and insight into the risk management process of the supply chain through its innovative and configurable technology, paired with first-class know-how. Avetta currently serves more than 450 companies and 100,000 suppliers in over 100 countries.

PR contact:

SnappConner PR

Mark Fredrickson, +1 801-806-0161

[email protected]

Avetta

Scott Nelson, +1 801-850-3363

[email protected]

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Submitted by c.higgins on Thu, 03/18/2021 - 08:00
Avetta interviewed executives from diverse industries about Britain’s exit from the EU; survey also finds concerns about administrative and legislative

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Orem Utah, March 18, 2021—Avetta® (www.avetta.com) surveyed more than 120 business leaders and found they expected Brexit to have the biggest impact on the resiliency of the supply chain in the short term and the future. Avetta partnered with the Executive Network Group to gather feedback from C-level executives; 72% of the respondents say the supply chain will experience the biggest changes from Britain leaving the European Union (EU).

One director in the aerospace industry has already seen some challenges. "We have witnessed a shortage in raw materials and delays within our procurement function."

The findings included in the Brexit Impact Survey Report show half of the respondents expect Brexit to impact legislative changes; nearly one-third (29%) anticipate changes in documentation and administrative processes; 16% on sales revenue; 11% on market / sector competition; and 10% on hiring permanent staff. Only 5% saw an impact on engaging temporary staff and keeping sustainability, environmental and social value commitments.

Executives were also asked to provide comments. Here are some examples:

  • “Brexit has already impacted the [supply] of spare part [s] and deliveries, within our supply chain [of] goods procured from Europe. Our suppliers are struggling to source these in a timely manner, which impacts our ability to meet deadlines. "
  • “UK talent will exceed current market place expectations.”
  • “Brexit is considered a big opportunity for us; there may be teething problems in the short term with more benefits long term for business. "

Overall, respondents are optimistic about Britain’s future. About one-fourth of the respondents agree Brexit will have an impact on hiring and flexible staffing needs in 2021. However, 39% expect Brexit will affect their hiring strategy for EU workers. Only 11% of the executives say they’ve had to strengthen their team to deal with the changes.

The survey suggests executives will need to prepare for the following issues:

  • Mitigating the impact of supply chain disruptions
  • Understanding legislation affecting corporate waste management and recycling
  • Taking a proactive approach towards procurement and long-term sustainability
  • Developing talent pipeline and understanding restrictions to free movement in the EU

The report offers this conclusion: “As with any period of significant change, each organization will have its own unique set of challenges ... those (who) invest in the education and upskilling of their workforce, may well be the ones who see a bright future post-Brexit. "

Avetta recently completed analysis of tens of thousands of suppliers in numerous industries worldwide that shows companies using the Avetta Connect ™ Platform have been able to reduce the number of safety incidents and lost work days by more than 50% compared to industry averages. The data also shows that over a 10-year period, suppliers in the Avetta network experience a 7% to 12% year over year decrease in incidents.

Avetta offers supply chain risk management software tools that can help executives keep track of all the changes and reduce any disruptions that come with such a sweeping change like Brexit. Visit www.avetta.com for more information.

About Avetta

Avetta offers a configurable SaaS-based solution that assists organizations - both large and small - in managing supply chain risk across a variety of disciplines. Avetta is building the world's most intelligent supply chain risk management network to advance clients ’safety, resilience and sustainability programs. Avetta leads the world in connecting leading global organizations across several industries, including oil / gas, telecom, construction materials, facilities management and many others, with qualified and vetted suppliers, contractors and vendors. The company brings unmatched access and visibility to its clients ’supply chain risk management process through its innovative and configurable technology, coupled with highly experienced human knowledge and insight. Avetta currently serves more than 450 enterprise companies and 100K suppliers across 100+ countries.

PR Contacts:
SnappConner PR
Mark Fredrickson, 801-806-0161
[email protected]

Avetta

Scott Nelson, 801-850-3363

[email protected]

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Submitted by s.nelson on Tue, 03/02/2021 - 15:39
OHSAS 18001 vs. ISO 45001

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In order to avoid accidents at work and to limit their extent, companies can be certified according to a standard for occupational health and safety. Two well-known standards are ISO 45001 and OHSAS 18001 - but what are the differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 was developed to replace OHSAS 18001 next year. Companies that are already certified according to OHSAS 18001 will even have to switch to ISO 45001 by the end of March 2021. Companies that do not make this changeover to ISO 45001 are then left without a certified occupational health and safety program and lose the associated advantages.

What is ISO 45001?

ISO 45001 is the new ISO standard for occupational health and safety. It is designed to dramatically improve safety and productivity in the workplace. With a focus on managerial engagement, employee involvement and risk control, ISO 45001 aims to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths by defining requirements for an occupational health and safety system.