FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com AUGUST 11, 2016 • THE COURIER SUN 13 Suspect who lured 10-year-old girl into his car in Richmond Hill has been caught and arrested BY ANTHONY GIUDICE email@example.com @A_GiudiceReport After security camera footage and a sketch was released, the man wanted for luring a 10-year-old girl into his car in Richmond Hill has been arrested, police announced on Friday, Aug. 5. According to offi cers, Shawn D. Sunders, 28, of 133rd Street in South Ozone Park has been arrested for the July 27 snatching of the young girl who was on her way to school. Sunders has been charged with luring a child to commit a crime, sexual abuse, and acting in a manner injurious to a child, cops said. According to police, Sunders pulled up to the girl inside his gray Acura on the morning of July 27 and — feigning being a family friend — offered the girl a ride to school. The girl’s grandfather saw the interaction, but was unable to get to the vehicle before Sunders drove off. It was reported that the girl was later dropped off at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven. She then went into her school and alerted school offi cials of what happened, who then reached out to her family and the 102nd Precinct. Employment Matters Article 23 Five Ways to Keep Your Team Happy & Engaged Dear Mindy: Is it possible to keep my team motivated and happy without pay raises? I am looking for some suggestions or ideas that I can implement quickly. Dear Looking: There are many ways to keep your employees happy and motivated without raising their pay. Great leaders know and care about the people on their teams. So start by asking your team what is important to them and how they would like to be recognized. Then use some of the suggestions below to begin a dialogue with them about engagement: • Recognize Your Team’s Achievements: When your employees accomplish their goals or go above and beyond their job descriptions take the time to show that you appreciate them. Write an email or a personal thank you note for their accomplishments. Take the time to learn what is important to each team member and customize a small gift for them. For the employee with the sweet tooth, perhaps some chocolate; for the voracious reader perhaps a gift card to a local book store; for the sports fan perhaps tickets to a sporting event. • Coach Your Employees: Employees appreciate knowing where they stand with their managers. When you provide ongoing feedback about your team’s performance it will motivate them to continue to grow in their jobs. Look for opportunities to recognize team members that have done a good job and then provide the leadership that will motivate them to accomplish additional goals. Let your employees know that you care about them by having an open door policy and being responsive to their requests. • Encourage Ongoing Self-Development: Each employee should have a learning development plan that is customized for their specifi c goals. Encourage your employees to learn new skills by attending training sessions. Motivate them to get professional certifi cations that will be helpful for their job. Look for learning opportunities such as shadowing or mentoring that would enhance your team’s performance. Set team goals for learning and when the team achieves their goal reward them with a special lunch or breakfast. • Communicate Often and Clearly: It is important to be transparent when communicating with your employees. Weekly team meetings are a very effective way to build trust and keep the lines of communication open. Topics for each meeting may vary and many managers like to rotate the leadership role to team members to encourage different points of view. Create time to listen to your employees’ concerns and do your best to solve them. Keep an open channel of communication and get their feedback when necessary. • Add Perks: Employees appreciate the little things that make their lives better. Explore local vendors who may want to provide services to your organization at no or low cost. Some suggestions are chair yoga classes; blood pressure screenings; lunchtime walking clubs; chair massage treatments; lunch and learns sponsored by a local restaurant or grocery store; remote dry cleaning services; casual dress Fridays; ice cream Tuesdays; etc. These type of events help employees build a community of shared experiences as well as create a positive work environment. Mindy Stern, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACC is a trusted HR advisor, career coach, author, speaker and president of AIM Resource Group Inc. Visit the website at www.aimresourcegroup. com or call 718-217- 1074 if you would like to get more leadership tips. EMPLOYMENT MATTERS MINDY STERN SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACC Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD Cops have arrested Shawn D. Sunders for luring a 10-year-old girl into his car.
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