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 August 2016 Newsletter
Summer is Sailing Away...
Make the Most of it with RealStreet!
Have you been enjoying the beautiful summer months? We certainly have! From semi-casual Fridays, to cold sweet treats, to perfectly used PTO days, we have been working hard while making the most of the season. 

The last few months have been an exciting time at RealStreet! To recap a few highlights from previous newsletters, 
  • RealStreet opened a new office in Norfolk, VA!
  • Enhancements have been made to the overall IT infrastructure, improving processes and expanding system capabilities!
  • Four (4) new Recruiting Coordinators were hired in preparation for the coming months!

We hope you have been having a fruitful and fun summer as well. Remember, work-life balance is important to ongoing happiness and success. Whether you take a vacation, start a new project, complete a yearly goal, or all three, make the most of August! Before you know it, the winds will change, and the summer season will sail away.

Best wishes in all of your endeavors! 
Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator
July Celebrations!

A very Happy Birthday to:
  • Penelope M. - 8/2
  • Rebecca N. - 8/7
  • Eddie W. - 8/18
  • Joshua P. - 8/19
  • Whitney J. 8/27
Interesting Industry Information
How Does the Job Market Look?
The U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a Monthly Jobs Report soon after the beginning of each month. Each report describes the previous month's employment situation. As shown below, June saw an increase of 287,000 jobs with a slight increase in the unemployment rate, to 4.9%.  

  • Employment remained at 6,643,000 from May to June, but was up 3.4% (217,000) from June 2015. 
  • Unemployment dropped to 4.6%, the lowest rate since 2000.
  • Wages increased 2.8% from June 2015. 
  • Weekly hours worked increased to 39.2 year to year. 
According to the AGC, the data indicates that the skills gap is an ongoing, industry-wide employer challenge.  
HOT JOBS at RealStreet!
Featured News Post
Four Tips to Stay Safe
While Working Outdoors in the Summer
Working outdoors can be truly enjoyable, especially for those who dislike being cooped up inside an office all day. However, summer's high temperatures can cause serious problems. With the increased heat and sun exposure, it is important for individuals who work outdoors to be cognizant of the weather and their health and safety.

Even if you do not mind the heat, the human body is only programmed to handle so much. Furthermore, the sun can cause substantial damage to the body, if not protected. Use the following four tips in RealStreet's post to take care of yourself this summer when temperatures surge to uncomfortable levels.   Read the Full Post.
Additional Summer Safety Information
National Heat Wave
The U.S. recently experienced a massive heat wave. Nearly all states endured heat indexes above 90 degrees, many reached above 100 degrees.  During times of intense heat, the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (OSHA), urges employers to take precautions to prevent heat related injuries. 

In a recent blog post, the administration further explained how exposure to extreme heat while working outdoors or in hot indoor environments "can be a matter of life and death." Both employers and employees need to be aware of warning signs, shown in the image below.

For additional heat safety references, utilize: 
Work Site Safety Pays Off!
This summer has been HOT! Curious why? Check out the following  TIME Magazine post discussing the causes of the recent heat wave.

If you are working outdoors or managing employees who work outside, remember to prioritize safety. After all, safety is often directly related to a company's success and each employee's well-being.  Learn more about the benefits of job site safety in this Construction Dive Summary of the Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket Study

Make Safe Choices Behind the Wheel

As stated by the National Safety Council, "the nation's roadways are a place of constant risk, with millions of vehicles moving alongside one another." While it is impossible to control everything, defensive driving can help individuals get from point A to point B safely. For example, drivers should:    
  • Eliminate Distractions - thousands of crashes have involved distracted driving, 26% in 2015.
  • Avoid Impairment - an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes in the U.S., 30.8% of fatalities in 2015.
  • Check Speed - speeding was a factor in 28% of all traffic fatalities in 2014, 30% in 2015.  
  • Rest Up - it can be very dangerous behind the wheel if the driver does not get enough rest. 

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