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Mark Kelly, President of Safety Marking Inc., Shares 7 Traits to Look for in Prospective Employees

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7 Traits to Look for in Prospective Employees

Hiring employees might be a business leader’s most important responsibility. Here, Mark Kelly, Founder and President of Safety Marking Inc. in Bridgeport, CT explains seven important traits to look for in potential hires, detailing why each quality is essential for business success.

In many ways, a company is but the total sum of its employees. This adage is especially true for labor-intensive fields like construction or pavement marking. Employees largely determine the attitudes and opinions of customers, clients, and the public. Perceptions matter, and people’s perceptions of a business are formed by their experiences interacting with the company’s employees.

“At Safety Marking, Inc., we believe that our Core Values of Safety, Accountability, Communication, Teamwork, Integrity, Commitment, and Exceeding Expectations provide focus and direction for every person in the organization,” stated Mark Kelly.

Commitment to Safety

Some may wonder why anyone would include a commitment to safety at the top of the list of desirable traits for employees, but it is the most critical trait a prospective employee can bring to your company. While all the qualities listed are essential, commitment to safety stands alone as the one trait that can significantly impact a business’s success.

Douglas Dolinar, Director-At-Large of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), shared: “Worker safety starts with the employee. Each worker bears the ultimate responsibility to work safely and protect themselves.”

A safe workplace not only protects workers from harm, but it will also lower injury costs, reduce absenteeism and turnover, increase productivity and quality, and raise employee morale. At Safety Marking, employees are aware how crucial safety is for the company’s overall success.

Accountability

Employees who are willing to be accountable for their actions will not provide excuses when things go sideways. Although it may seem like giving an excuse to a customer for why their expectations were not met is a good idea, often that is counterproductive. Customers, teammates, and managers will be more satisfied when faced with accountability rather than excuses.

Part of being accountable is recognizing the difference between an excuse and a reason. An excuse exists solely to defend a fault with the intent to absolve oneself of accountability. A reason accepts responsibility but explains why the event occurred as it did. Explaining is helpful and does not excuse fault.

Communication

All tasks that need to be completed in business requires clear and concise communication. Incorrect communication or miscommunication can lead to disaster. Lengthy and confusing communication is not much better. The best employees will exemplify accurate and concise communication, both verbally and written. The difference between twenty five-dollar bills and twenty five dollar bills is significant, so look for employees that know how to communicate effectively.

Teamwork

Pavement marking, like many construction jobs, is a team sport. One important trait that sets a prospective employee apart from the rest is their ability to be part of a team. Even the most highly skilled employees pale compared to competent workers that can help the entire team function more efficiently and effectively.

Integrity

Employees that can’t be trusted to tell the truth and do the right thing will never make a meaningful contribution to the company’s success. Furthermore, they are likely to drive away customers and foster disruptive behavior with other employees.

Kelly Lavoie, Human Resources Manager at Safety Marking explains, “We rely on these core values to not only guide our hiring, performance and recognition processes, but also to guide our daily interactions with colleagues, clients, partners, and vendors. With our core values in mind, it is our practice to conduct all business in an honest, professional, and ethical manner, taking a zero-tolerance approach to violations of our workplace harassment, violence, diversity and ethics policies.”

Loyalty

Loyalty from employees is critical and commitment to your employees will promote a lasting work relationship. A person that feels unappreciated and taken advantage of will likely move to a competitor, taking valuable experience with them. An employee for whom management has demonstrated a sense of loyalty cannot be tempted away as easily under most circumstances.

Commitment to excellence

When vetting prospective employees, ask the candidate questions designed to uncover a commitment to excellence in their past experiences. It could be a commitment to learning to play an instrument or learning another language. The “what” is not nearly as important as finding someone that knows how to commit to excellence in what they do. If the business is committed to excellence, such an employee will readily adopt the company’s values and adapt to the work environment.

About Safety Marking, Inc.

Safety Marking Inc. of Bridgeport, CT is a family-owned business founded by Mark Kelly in 1973 to provide pavement marking services in Fairfield County, Connecticut. After almost five decades of service and growth, Safety Marking Inc. is now a nationally respected leader in pavement markings with offices in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York. The company’s success is based on premium-quality service, innovation, continuous development, and philanthropic involvement with the community.

I cover national business news and lifestyle for Metic Press. Previously, I've written for TIME, Newsweek, the New York Daily News and VICE News. I am also an editor at HuffPost, a small business news room for a young audience.

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The Lessons of the Jan. 6 Committee, According to Congressional Investigations Expert Samuel Dewey

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Samuel Dewey The Lessons of the Jan. 6 Committee

When the House of Representatives convened a special committee to investigate the January 6, 2021, Capital riot, many people weren’t sure what to expect. Samuel Dewey, a congressional investigations expert, points out that the committee was being criticized for not being bipartisan, before it even set out on any of its work.

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the Republican appointees to the committee, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew all members. Pelosi then named two Republicans to the committee on her own, but both of those members — Wyoming’s Liz Cheney and Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger — both voted for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

As such, it was uncertain what real impact the committee’s investigation would have. Now, after multiple public hearings, some of what the committee did may be reflected in future hearings.

Friendly Witnesses

While the January 6 committee took a new approach to congressional investigations in many respects, it stuck to tradition in one important one: The committee relied on witnesses they knew would cooperate with them.

Many of the witnesses who gave testimony at the public hearings the committee held were deposed beforehand. This allowed investigators to vet what the witnesses were likely to say live at the public hearings, which mitigated the possibility that the committee would lose control of the narrative.

This has been a major theme of the congressional investigation and the many public hearings.

Visual Aids

The January 6 committee used many visual aids to help support their findings during the public hearings. This proved to be extremely effective on two fronts.

For one, it made following the committee’s detailed investigations very easy for those who were watching. Second, it allowed the committee to pick and choose which information it presented from witnesses who gave prior depositions but may have proven to be combative during a live hearing.

The latter point helped the committee control the narrative even more, especially with witnesses such as former Trump Attorney General Bill Barr, as well as the former president’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The committee’s public hearings proceeded more like “must-see TV” rather than boring and drab congressional hearings.

Teamwork

Samuel Dewey says that congressional hearings can sometimes become platforms for elected officials to bolster their case for re-election, or to raise their public profile.

The January 6 congressional hearings, though, took a different tone. Only a few members of the panel actually spoke at the multiple public hearings. And all who did take control of the microphone pushed the same narrative.

The fact that all members — whether Democrats or Republicans — seemed to consistently row in the same direction is a dramatic departure from congressional hearings in the past.

About Samuel Dewey

Samuel Dewey is a successful lawyer and former Senior Counsel to the US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee and Chief Investigator and Counsel to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Mr Dewey specializes in: (1) white collar investigations, compliance, and litigation; (2) regulatory compliance and litigation; and (3) complex public policy matters. Within these fields Mr. Dewey is considered an expert in Congressional investigations and attendant matters. Mr. Dewey has a BA in Political Science, a JD from Harvard, and is admitted to practice law in Washington, DC, and Maryland.

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A Brief Guide to Cycling and Fitness with Eugene Pallisco

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Cycling can be a great way to achieve your fitness goals. For those who struggle with running because of joint pain, cycling offers a wonderful, low-impact alternative. While it can help you trim down, it can also help with balance and coordination. To get the most out of integrating cycling into your exercise routine, try these tips from fitness trainer Eugene Pallisco.

What Is Low-Impact Cardio?

Some cardio training is intense and has a high impact on the frame of your body. Running, for example, is high-impact and isn’t an option for those who suffer from extreme joint pain in their hips or knees.

If you have a compressed disc or two in your spine, it may be wiser to integrate a low-impact cardio routine into your exercise regimen.

Cycling is particularly beneficial if you suffer from these conditions because your feet are in constant contact with the pedals. This eliminates jarring motions that can cause pain. If you’ve been looking for a way to stay in shape but haven’t been able to find success as a runner, try cycling!

Use Good Technique

One of the most important things to know about cycling is cadence. This is simply the pace at which your feet turn the bicycle’s crank.

Your target cadence will vary over time and depend on the situation, such as whether you’re climbing. You’ll probably be more comfortable at higher speeds as you gain strength and endurance, but it’s a good idea to target a pedal cadence of about 60 when you’re beginning. You can work your way up toward 90 and even 120 in a sprint.

Get the Necessary Equipment

Another reason cycling so beneficial is that, in its pure form, it’s an outdoor sport. There’s just no substitute for being outside and breathing fresh air. And when you’re on a bicycle, you’re practicing using good balance, which, as you age, becomes more important.

If you can exercise on a bicycle instead of on a machine in a gym, you can get more than exercise from the experience. Though a gym machine is definitely a great choice to ensure you can get your cycling in year-round, rain or shine.

Whether you choose to cycle outside or in a gym, you’ll also want to consider using a heart rate monitor. These days, if you have a smartwatch, it most likely monitors your heart rate and sometimes even your blood pressure. You can also purchase dedicated heart rate monitors that cost considerably less.

The point is to get your heart rate into your target zone and keep it there for a certain amount of time in order to get the best results.

If you’ve been struggling to find a low-impact, effective exercise option, then cycling just might be the kind of exercise for you.

Reach Your Fitness Goals with Eugene Pallisco

Eugene Pallisco is a fitness instructor and a certified trainer in Dallas, Texas. He began his career in fitness as a group instructor and has invested considerable time into developing a training philosophy emphasizing the betterment of others. Today, he owns and operates a private training business and loves his work in the fitness industry.

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Celltem’s new antimicrobial substance. Will antibacterial C4 conquer acne?

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Peptide C4

The research and development team at Celltem have unlocked a fresh model of Antimicrobial Peptide C4 which has already shown signs of fundamentally enhancing antimicrobial-based acne treatments and antibiotic resistance for users.

The discovery has been hailed as a potential game-changer for acne treatments that depend on antimicrobial ingredients. The current issue with existing options relates to noted side effects associated with skin care products targeting acne which have been known to include:

  • Redness
  • Vomiting
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Fever (in some cases)
  • And more.

Celltem’s Antimicrobial Peptide C4 has been shown to reduce the presence and severity of resistance and side effects thanks to revolutionary innovations made in the extraction and selective technological finessing to target certain types of bacteria in lieu of others.

After noticing the proliferation of negative side effects across the board, Celltem conducted extensive R&D to improve the efficacy and efficiency of antimicrobial agents in acne treatments.

Explaining How Antimicrobial Peptide C4 Exhibits Antimicrobial Characteristics

Essentially speaking, the manner in which Antimicrobial Peptide C4 deals with acne is by inhibiting core pathogenic bacteria and protecting barrier bacteria on the epidermis simultaneously. It has already been shown to be incredibly effective at attacking five notable pathogenic bacteria including C. acnes – even when used in minuscule amounts.

As the noted findings suggest that Celltem’s variant is targeting cell membranes that protect detrimental bacteria and does not target good bacteria is indicative of an inhibitory substance.

Antimicrobial Peptide C4 exhibits

Differential Between Current Antimicrobial-Based Acne Treatments

How does this show renewed hope for conquering acne? One of the clear differentials between Celltem’s discovery and that of current offerings in the market is in the targeted attacks that Antimicrobial Peptide C4 exhibits. Current iterations tend to cause skin irritation and side effects due to the killing of ALL bacteria on the epidermis instead of just targeting the harmful bacteria.

If all bacteria are attacked in equal measure, the user is susceptible to more irritation and side effects. This is due to the damage to protective barriers that are supported by good bacteria. Celltem’s variant has the benefit of selective targeting of bad bacteria which lowers the risk of further complications.

Commercializing The Discovery

Percent Science, a bio-cosmetic brand, has already jumped on the bandwagon with the commercialization of Antimicrobial Peptide C4 with a skin care product that has set itself apart and carved market share through comprehensive testing and delivery system optimization.

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