What It’s Like to Work for GMS: The INTERNal Perspective

by Tim AustinJuly 23, 2015 8:00 AM

The road to getting an internship can be a rough one, especially if it is your first. If you were anything like me, you went to career fair after career fair, booth to booth, one person to the next, and before you knew it you were pretty overwhelmed by the entire process. 

As a sales and marketing double major, I was lucky to have my choice of several companies to complete my university mandated internship. The original ten offers quickly dwindled as I ran them past my internship expectations - pay, experience, and environment. It was obvious after my GMS interviews with the Richfield Sales Manager, David Swift, and the VP of Sales, Tim Austin, that I had found the internship my classmates could only dream about.

Find out what it’s like to intern at GMS from our Summer 2015 Sales Intern Erin Seiler.



Grab Bag

Eight More Ways to Reward Employees

by Tim AustinJuly 21, 2015 8:00 AM

As we mentioned earlier this month, it’s good to reward your employees. However, sometimes you want to reward an employee, but you have a strict budget. Even if you don’t have a spare few bucks to spend, there are plenty of ways to show your appreciation to a worker without having to take out your wallet. 

Even simple rewards can make an employee feel appreciated.



Grab Bag

An Injured Employee Tests Positive for Drugs… Now What?

by Jeff CostinJuly 16, 2015 8:00 AM

Unfortunately, confirmation alone of a positive test for drugs or alcohol is not solely enough to obtain a denial of a workers’ compensation claim. Per Ohio statute (ORC 4123.54), there are several specific qualifications that must be met prior to the ultimate denial of a claim.  

There are four “statutory hurdles” that an employer must clear in order to have a claim denied in which the claimant tested positive for illegal substances:

Learn the four hurdles an employer must clear in order to have a claim denied in which the claimant tested positive for illegal substances.



Risk Management

Nine Ways to Reward Employees

by Tim AustinJuly 14, 2015 8:00 AM

A happy employee is a good employee. Rewarding employees for their hard work shows that you appreciate them, which can in turn give them extra motivation to not only maintain their quality of work, but exceed it.

Whether you’re rewarding one particular employee or a group of people, a special gift or show of thanks can make a big difference.

Reward good employees to show your appreciation.



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Have You Heard About the DOL’s New Overtime Rules?

by Andrew SzczesniakJuly 7, 2015 8:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago, prefaced by an op-ed piece written by President Obama, the Department of Labor issued new directives on overtime rules. As with most government regulations, however good the intention, the result on small business owners will be a creation of “additional costs and record-keeping headaches” according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Find out how the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules may affect you.


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Bring Your Kids to Work Day at GMS

by Tim AustinJuly 2, 2015 2:45 PM

History behind the day: When the Ms. Foundation for Women started “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” in 1993, the idea was to help boost girls' confidence and to link education to work opportunities.  

The day is now referenced as “bring your kids to work day” Currently, the event is estimated that more than 37 million parents participate in this event.  

GMS partakes in Bring Your Kids to Work Day

On Monday June 15th, GMS conducted “Bring your kids to work Day”

Our Goal: GMS employees’ children would get a better understanding of what we do during the day. It was important for us that our children were able to see us as something other than the cook, the coach, the maid, or the chauffeur driver. If we had meetings, webinars, or conference calls, our children would be by our side for the day. The more they saw, the more they would learn!

GMS started off the day with the kids attending The GMS sales meeting even if their parents were not in Sales.  

Here are some activities that we conducted:

  1. Kids wrote  three lines as to what they learned for the day 
  2. Pizza was brought in for lunch
  3. A scavenger hunt was conducted to learn about our different departments
  4. Everyone was shown an end of the day video

Below are some of the things the kids learned:

  • My mom works on the phone a lot and needs it to be quiet
  • My dad does other company’s taxes and I learned how he sends out local taxes
  • They use a lot of stamps, which seems strange with the internet
  • My dad drives a lot – GMS believes in face to face meetings
  • He makes a lot of phone calls to people that don’t want to talk to him (I guess this child followed a GMS Sales Professional)
  • My dad fixes other people’s problems
  • My mom helps other business do better
  • My mommy has a lot of meetings
  • My mom does workers comp stuff
  • My mom and her company helps business owners
  • The Government takes about 40% of your paycheck
  • My mom and all GMS employees prepare before a meeting
  • My mom’s company makes a business owner’s life a lot easier (one of my favorite)
  • My dad gets to drive to different places
  • They make a lot of friends in the workplace (another favorite)
  • My dad has fun with what he does (another favorite)
  • My dad’s company helps injured workers get back to work 
  • My dad thinks all small business owners should listen to what GMS does 
  • Some companies offer a 401K and some do not

GMS concluded the day with the children interviewing their parents on what they were doing when they were their age and a session on “lifetime of confidence.” 

All in all, I think the day was a success.

GMS… where we are all about making your life Simpler… Safer… Stronger


GMS News

3 Tips on Launching a Successful Workplace Safety Program

by Jeff CostinJune 30, 2015 8:00 AM

It takes more than just a good idea to improve your business. Without proper execution, it’s hard for anything to succeed. This includes a workplace safety program for your business.

Whether it’s due to a lack of clarity or troublesome rule breakers, there are hurdles for some programs to succeed. Given the benefits of a workplace safety program, both obvious and less-apparent, it’s an endeavor worth taking. Here are three reasons why a safety program may fail and what you can do to help overcome them.

Group Management Services can help you institute an effective workplace safety program for your business.



Risk Management

Three Unexpected Benefits of Workplace Safety Programs

by Jeff CostinJune 23, 2015 8:00 AM

A safe workplace can help make for a more successful business. Not only do safety guidelines help keep your employees safe, they also save you from having to deal with costly workers’ compensation claims.

In our last blog post, we discussed the cost of employee injuries and how workplace safety programs can help keep your workers on the job and your cashflow strong. This time we focus on some unexpected benefits of safety programs.

Workplace safety programs not only make your business safer, they also help to improve employee morale and improve retention rates.



Risk Management

Workplace Safety During National Safety Month

by Jeff CostinJune 16, 2015 8:00 AM

Workplace injuries can cause more than just physical pain. Businesses lose billions of dollars each year because of injuries, which can include costs from compensation claims and loss of productivity.

Injuries can’t always be prevented, but workplace safety programs can really limit the amount of incidents on the job. With June being National Safety Month, take a chance to learn about how much injuries can hurt your business and what you can do to help.

Workplace injuries can cost your business time and money. Contact a PEO for help.


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Risk Management

Are You Ready to Comply with the Affordable Care Act

by Andrew SzczesniakJune 4, 2015 8:00 AM

In January of this year, the Federal Government began enforcement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for those employers with 100 or more employees. Next year, those employers with 50 or more employees will have to begin compliance with the law as well.

In a recent article on, HR managers in large companies talked about the difficulties in compliance when it comes to calculating hours. What was troublesome for them was people who took unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Re-employment Rights Act or even jury duty and how those hours would be calculated in determining healthcare eligibility. Because of that, “60 percent of large companies with more than 1,000 employees indicated that they aren’t prepared for penalty management under the ACA.”

Every business needs to prepare for the effects of the Affordable Care Act.

Photo Credit:  “Affordable Care Act” by Michael Havens is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0



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