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Could a change of attitude help Georgia employers recruit?

Any Jimmy Buffett fans on the other side of the screen? We're guessing yes. Some may recall his 1977 hit, "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes." It's Buffett's ode about life ever changing and that, "If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane."

You may be wondering what that song could possibly have to do with workers' compensation. The reference to changes in attitudes is what sparks this entry -- that and a recent survey of small business employees. The poll reveals that when individuals are looking for work, a business's commitment to providing a safe work environment is a key factor in their deciding whether to take an offer.

The conclusion this leads one employer insurer to reach is that small businesses might benefit from adopting a certain change in attitude about worker safety. At the very least, the pollsters say that employers might increase the chances of attracting and retaining good help if they make articulating their commitment to safety a priority in the recruiting process.

This might be more important now than ever before, some experts say. Nationally, unemployment is down to less than 4.5 percent. And while Georgia's rate is slightly higher than that, it's still below 5 percent.

It is a well-reported statistic that small businesses employ more than half of the country's work force. With unemployment being relatively low right now, it is likely companies looking to grow are finding it hard to find the talent they need. The authors of this poll offer that employers could improve their chances if they promoted their work safety initiatives, including improving employee training and more boldly displaying signage from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Now, workers' compensation insurance is something every employer in Georgia is supposed to carry. However, having it doesn't protect someone from suffering a workplace injury or ensure victims will receive all the benefits to which they are entitled if they are hurt. As conscientious as many employers are, if benefits are denied, an attorney's help can be invaluable in obtaining necessary compensation.

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