Category Archives: Corporate Shoe Programs

Who is SR Max?

Who is SR Max?

As an industry-leading slip-resistant shoe manufacturer and retailer, it’s our job to serve you and your employees, so that you can serve others.

Part of providing the best service possible includes educating customers on the benefits that we offer.

Take a look at just a few of the services that we offer to our program customers! 

 

What does SR Max offer? 

 

1. Industry-leading slip resistance

The patented MaxTrax® outsole channels away liquids such as oil, grease, and water, and provides more give upon impact which allows for a reinforced grip and a better hold on the ground.

All SR Max® brand shoes are made with our MaxTrax® outsole.

You can also find this patented outsole on certain styles from brands such as Timberland PRO, SKECHERS Work, Reebok, Rockport Works, Sanita, and more! 

 

2. Brands 

We offer slip-resistant styles from your favorite brands, including Dr. Martens, Crocs, New Balance, KEEN, and more! 

 

3. 30 Day Satisfaction 

This one is pretty self-explanatory, if you don’t like your slip-resistant shoes, send them back!

*** This option is available to certain program levels. 

 

4. 6 Month Warranty

If a pair of defective shoes is less than six months old

(and in our determination shows normal wear), we offer a full refund or credit towards a replacement pair. 

 

5. Retail Shopping 

We have 29 walk-in stores spread throughout the east coast, parts of the Midwest, and Hawaii, allowing customers to try on and purchase slip-resistant shoes in a traditional setting. 

 

6. Shoemobiles 

Do you want to bring the shoes to your employees? With a shoemobile, you can schedule a time to have one of our trucks stop at your facility,

saving your employees time and providing them with pre-approved styles that you select! 

 

7. Custom Websites 

A custom website from SR Max can include a company logo, custom page banners,

and custom verbiage, with multiple tracking, payment order, and reporting tools to choose from! 

 

8. Data Management

Managers have access to customizable corporate sales reports, and can easily access sales history.

 

9. Marketing Support 

Our small (but mighty) team of marketing specialists can assist you with email,

digital, social, PR, tradeshow, print marketing and MORE! 

 

Sound appealing? Click here to contact one of a dedicated Safety Shoe Specialist today! 

Steps for Launching a Successful Slip Resistant Shoe Program

Five Steps for Launching a Successful Corporate Shoe Program

If you’re thinking about starting a corporate shoe program for your company, you’re smarter than people think. A corporate shoe program is a great way to keep employees safe and happy.

 These programs allow employees to pick the style and color of their pair of slip-resistant shoes, and they prevent accidents from happening in the workplace. That means a reduction in the volume of workers compensation claims, and fewer lost days from work due to an accident.

That’s a whole lot of winning right there! Now that you understand why these programs are so great, here’s five steps to get a corporate shoe program started for your company:

1. There’s a form to fill out

You’ll need to fill out our (very simple) ‘Start a Program’ form found here. After we receive your form, an SR Max® representative will contact you within two days to complete the account set-up process. If we need any additional information like banking or credit references, we’ll get that from you at this time.

We’ll also set up the process for your associates to order directly or through a coordinator at your office. We want to make this as easy as possible for you. The only stress should be on your feet, and even that will be gone after your new slip-resistant shoes arrive!

2. Give us the ‘deets’

We’ll need to know the specific needs of your shoe program. For example: does your company or industry require slip-resistant shoes? Or are you just doing this because you’re super smart? Do you want only slip-resistant shoes made available to employees? Which of our many colors and styles would you like to make available to your employees?

Now is also the time to tell us about the job duties your employees perform daily. We can recommend the shoes that make the best fit for your company.

3. Configure your payroll deduction

Typically for payroll deduction orders, you’ll need the employees: 

  • First and last name
  • Employee ID
  • Store location or department
  • Style number
  • Size and width of the shoe that they wish to purchase

Orders can come through your management team or directly from your associates. That decision is entirely up to you. Orders may be placed online at www.srmax.com using your SR Max® account number, or they may be called into SR Max® toll-free at (877) 776-2933.

If you do decide that you want all orders to go through your management team, SR Max® can provide order forms for your associates to fill out and submit to management. 

4. This program isn’t just for you

No one creates a corporate shoe program for only one person. That would be weird. So let people know about your new program! Our team at SR Max® can help create break room posters, catalogs, and online ordering options so that you can spread the word.

Here’s a helpful tip: include information about your corporate shoe program in any new hire packet. You alone are not a corporation, so make sure that your corporate shoe program is successful by letting your company know about it.

5. Kick back and wait for the shoes

Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology to beam your shoes to you instantly. However, once your employees’ order has been processed, the shoes will ship out to your facility manager or associate. For online orders, you will receive an automated summary of the order, as well as an e-mailed shipping confirmation from UPS once the shoes are on their way.

Congratulations! You’ve created a successful shoe program. Enjoy the safety and style that your employees will now have while you save the company money with the payroll deduction plan.

Are you ready to start a program with us, or want more information? Check us out at www.srmax.com to learn more!

What to Expect when You Visit an SR Max Shoemobile

Just imagine a store full of over 1,200 pairs of our best and stylish slip resistant shoes….on wheels.

While you’re recovering from your mind being blown due to the sheer awesomeness of this concept, let’s walk through what a trip to one of these magical stores looks like. You may have heard of our shoemobiles, or even seen one driving around or parked near your place of work before, but what really goes on inside these shoe stores on wheels?

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the best pair of slip resistant shoes that fit your feet perfectly. 

Big Wheels keep on turnin’

Our SR Max shoemobiles are available in select locations across the east coast, and they always carry at least 1,200 pairs of shoes. We have shoes in stock from brands like Crocs, Skechers Work, Converse, New Balance, Rockport Works, and others. When you first step foot into the shoemobile, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly SR Max® employees ready to fit you for your new pair of slip-resistant shoes. You’ll be asked about your work environment and what kind of slip resistant shoe you’re looking for specifically.

Decision time

After this, our slip resistant shoe expert will give you a few options that he or she feels will best fit your needs. You’ll be able to select the brand and color of your shoes, and then our SR Max employee will size you and give you a pair to try on. Once you have the shoes on, our expert will quickly work with you to ensure that the shoes fit your feet perfectly. It’s everyone’s worst nightmare to arrive at an eight-hour shift on your feet with new shoes that pinch or rub your feet the wrong way, so we take great care in this step of the process. We’re not sure what walking on a cloud feels like, but we want you to feel something like that.

Make it official

After you’ve found the perfect pair of slip resistant shoes, you’re set! Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a brand new pair of SR Max slip resistant shoes. You’ll be asked to sign for your shoes and then you’re free to go on your way (not that you weren’t ever free before. Our shoemobiles are not prisons).

It’s as easy as that! Next time you see one of our bright green shoemobiles parked near you, make sure to stop by and check it out. With over 1,200 options, you’re bound to find something that you like!

Want to learn more about SR Max? Check us out online today!

Safety Tips for Any Industry

Restaurants, hospitals, and warehouses can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to slips and falls. Liquid spills, oily floors, and even dust can pose a threat to your safety and well-being at work.

Check out our 12 Safety Tips and get inspired to help make your own work environments safer and more productive. Click the link below to download a pdf version for your employees and coworkers:

Click here for a print download.

Looking to learn more about our slip-resistant shoes? Check us out at www.srmax.com

What’s So Special About Slip Resistant Shoes?

Would you ever drive without a seatbelt or airbags? Base jump or skydive without a parachute? Or what about riding a motorcycle without a helmet?

If you elect to do any of these things, you more than likely recognize the significant risks involved. But, do you understand the risk you take if you choose not to wear the correct pair of slip-resistant shoes to work? While you may have no idea of the risk you are taking, you’re setting yourself up for an accident waiting to happen. By wearing proper slip resistant work shoes, you can do yourself a favor and help to reduce the risks associated with improper workplace footwear.

A slip and fall accident at work can have serious consequences, including:

  • Physical injuries – A slip and fall accident can result in broken bones, bruises, sprains and even concussions. In addition, each work environment has a specific risk. For example, if you slip in a restaurant kitchen and stick out your hand to catch your fall, you could slam your hand down on a hot stove top or an upturned knife.

 

  • Financial burden – An injury in the workplace can leave you out of work for days or even weeks. While you’re incurring doctor bills, you aren’t getting paid. Even if you are able to file a worker’s compensation claim, they will only reimburse you for your costs regarding your accident. That means that you still pay up front, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics- National Safety Council, the average workman’s comp claim for a slip and fall is $28,000.

 

  • Mental well-being – The stress of not being able to work while bills pile up, of not having full motor function, and of having to physically recover so that you can return to work all affect your mental state. Depression and anxiety can often set in following a slip and fall injury, making an already bad situation worse.

When you understand the risks of your workplace, it can be scary or overwhelming. By protecting yourself with slip-resistant footwear, you are being a more effective team member. When you aren’t worried about slipping at work, you can do your job more adequately. When you aren’t worried about getting injured, you enjoy your time at work even more. Your overall health isn’t something to wager with, so by wearing the right safety footwear, you can protect yourself.

Interested in learning more? Check us out at our website, srmax.com for more insight on our slip resistant shoes and other products.

Your Guide to Tax Deductible Slip Resistant Shoes

Tax time is here again, folks.

 

And let’s be real, we all want to get as much money back on our tax return as possible. We’re even more excited to tell you that your slip-resistant work shoes might just be tax deductible!

Yep, you read that right! Those comfortable, stylish and high performing SR Max® shoes you bought for work this past year could be completely tax deductible!

 

Ready for that refund? There’s something to keep in mind before you claim that deduction:

In order to deduct the cost of your slip resistant work shoes, they need to be specific to, and required for your job and not normally used for “everyday wear”.

If your shoes qualify as “protective clothing” (slip resistant shoes are certainly protective!) and you are required to purchase them as a condition of your employment, and not normally worn outside of work, you can deduct the cost of them from your taxes!

So, if you do claim your slip resistant work shoes as a deduction, make sure you do the following:

  • Keep a copy of your employer’s policies. If need be, you can present written proof that your employer requires certain slip-resistant shoes to be worn while working.
  • Keep your receipt! Receipts provide proof that you spent the money on the clothes you are claiming a deduction for. Without one, you won’t be able to claim your deduction.
  • Include your clothing costs with your other “miscellaneous itemized deductions” on your tax return.
  • Finally, check with a certified tax preparer to make sure you claim all the deductions you’re eligible for!

There you have it! That’s all it takes to get even more out of your tax return. Now the real question is how are you going to spend that tax return money?!

 

For more helpful tips and educational information, check us out at srmax.com

12 Safety Tips For Any Industry

Warehouses, foundries, construction sites and factories can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to accidents and injury: large and moving machinery such as forklifts, carrying heavy loads such as pallets and heavy equipment can be hazardous for you and your workers.

Check out our 12 Tips for Safety and get inspired to help make you safer and more productive at work:

1. Know your safety protocols– Make sure emergency exits are clearly marked and you know the quickest route to safety from any location in the facility. In addition to knowing where your emergency exits are located, it is important to know where first-aid kits and supplies are kept. In an emergency, you don’t want to be faced with the task of locating the first aid kit.

 2. Perfect Posture – If you work at a desk, make sure that your shoulders are in line with your hips to avoid back problems. When picking things up, use correct form so your back doesn’t get hurt, and whatever you do, avoid stooping and twisting. If you have access to ergonomically designed furniture and safety equipment so that everything you need is comfortably within reach.

3. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings – This tip requires that you first know what particular hazards your job or workplace can entail. Once you’ve learned about the risks, you will be able to steer clear of any potentially hazardous areas or situations.

4. Take regular breaks – There are many work-related injuries and illnesses that occur because of fatigue. Taking regular breaks helps you stay fresh and alert on the job. One useful tip for staying alert is to schedule the most difficult tasks when your concentration is at it’s best, like first thing in the morning, or later in the afternoon depending on your own workflow.

5. Report Unsafe Conditions to Your Supervisor – It’s your job to make sure that your work environment stays safe for you and your fellow employees. It’s your supervisor’s job to provide you with the resources and materials to make that happen. They need to be informed about any workplace safety hazards or risks. Your supervisor is legally obligated to ensure that employees have a safe working environment. Help keep them informed and keep your work environment safe!

6. Keep Emergency Exits Easily Accessible – Quick, easy access to exits are necessary for any work environment. Keep the pathways to these exits clear and free of debris in order to ensure a quick and hasty escape, should you need one. It’s also recommended to keep clear access to equipment shutoffs in case you need to quickly stop them from functioning.

7. Don’t Try to Impress – We can’t stress this enough, use mechanical aids whenever possible. If you are faced with lifting and moving heavy objects all day long, don’t try and show off in front of your coworkers by lifting heavy materials improperly, or by trying to lift something that you shouldn’t be lifting in the first place. Use the dollies, forklifts and hand trucks that you have available to make your job easier and prevent injuries. Also remember to wear protective clothing including hard hats, gloves, vests, masks, belts, eyewear and proper safety footwear.

 8. Reduce stress in the workplace – Stress can lead to depression and concentration problems. Common causes of workplace stress include long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with coworkers or managers. Take your concerns about workplace stress to your supervisor to see how they might help you address them.

9. Dress for Safety and Success– Avoid wearing baggy or excessively loose-fitting clothing. As with any job, it is important to dress the part. That means wearing comfortable clothing that is not too baggy. This will help protect you from getting caught anything that might be on the side of your path or line of walking. Proper slip resistant footwear is also important in your line of work.

 10. Use Tools and Machines Properly – Take the proper precautions when using tools, and never take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts is the leading cause of workplace injury. It’s a huge safety risk to use scaffolding as a ladder or one tool in place of another for a specific job. Using tools the right way greatly reduces the chance of workplace injury.

11. Stay Sober–  This one seems like a no-brainer, yet around three percent of workplace fatalities occur due to alcohol and drugs. When a worker’s ability to exercise judgment, coordination, motor control, concentration or alertness is compromised, this leads to any number of risks for workplace injury and fatalities.

12. Keep the Lines of Communication Open – It’s important to be aware of the government and company safety regulations that your company and industry need to abide by. However, it is just as important to create and foster clear lines of communication when it comes to the details surrounding the implementation of these rules and regulations within your company. This includes taking the time to properly train new hires, as well as communicate up to date information regarding safety protocols and plans of action.

Hopefully, the 12 Tips for Safety gave you some ideas and inspiration on how to improve your own company’s safety culture. For more tips, tricks, and other questions check us out at www.srmax.com

Encouraging Employee Compliance

Encouraging Employee Compliance

Every employee can appreciate the fact that there are rules and regulations set in place to protect them while they’re working. But getting employees to follow these codes can be a completely different ball of wax.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!

In order for your employees to follow the parameters of your company’s shoe program and make sure that they are up-to-date on their slip resistant work shoes, it is important to make sure that they know why the shoe program is being implemented, to begin with. Communicate with them about why it is so crucial that they comply since safety is a top priority. Inform your company about workplace dangers such as slip and fall risks, and discuss how to identify and prevent them to create an environment of caution and an all-important culture of safety. Lastly, educate them on what their shoe program offerings are. This could cover anything from approved styles to special corporate pricing, to whether or not they are approved for payroll deduction or subsidy and other important aspects of their new shoe program.

The Simpler, the Better

To ensure maximum participation and the highest rate of success within your company when it comes to employees following safety shoe guidelines, implement a subsidized corporate shoe program or a payroll deduction program. By implementing a simple program such as these, it is more likely that employees will have a more difficult time finding an excuse to not participate than to participate.

Ensure Maximum Style

Fact: No one wants to wear ugly slip-resistant shoes. Create a sense of unity among your staff by outfitting them in uniforms and allowing them to pick from a range of options when it comes to their slip-resistant footwear. When employees are required to wear uniforms to work, they feel a sense of equality amongst others due to uniforms eliminating competition, and are more apt to feel instilled with a sense of belonging and loyalty to the company. SR Max® offers an exceptional selection of over 200 styles from 14 different name brands that employees are familiar with and actually want to wear. When your associates genuinely like the shoes that they are required to wear, they are far more likely to stay compliant with your corporate shoe program.

Give Positive Reinforcement

By choosing to give positive reinforcement for employees that choose to follow the parameters of the shoe program for your company, you are giving not only your employees a pat on the back, but you are giving yourself as the employer one as well for choosing to implement a safety shoe program. Positive reinforcement can go a long way towards ensuring that your priorities and goals for your shoe program are met. Give your employees who consistently follow the rules some recognition and rewards in response to their high level of compliance. If you incentivize your workforce with a thought-out system of rewards and bonuses, new programs such as a slip resistant shoe program will always prove to integrate themselves smoothly. For employees who choose to disregard the rules and do what they want, a measure of accountability must be created. At some point, progressive discipline has to be enacted and in the long run, if no disciplinary measures are taken, the problem itself will continue.

For more information and questions regarding corporate shoe programs, please visit us at www.srmax.com.

which shoe program is right for my company

Which Shoe Program is Right for My Company?

Enforcing a slip-resistant shoe program isn’t always at the top of a store manager or company owner’s priority list. As the supervisor, you might be putting a shoe program off because you think it would present you and your company with unexpected challenges such as embarking on the quest to find the perfect slip-resistant shoe for everyone, or simply because you just don’t know where to begin planning for a shoe program and which one would best suit your company.

While the thought of adding a shoe program to your company may seem intimidating, we promise it’s not as bad as it seems. Shoe programs are implemented and set in place to make sure that all employees are protected on the job when it comes to slip-resistant footwear.

Let us take the guesswork out of this for you. Here are three outlines of our most common types of slip-resistant shoe programs.

Basic Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This is our simplest shoe program. Employees are responsible for the purchasing and wearing of their own slip-resistant shoes to work to make sure that they are protected when it comes to slip and falls.

As a result, they end up purchasing shoes from retailers with name brands that, unfortunately, have some of the lowest slip resistance results on the market today. While technically they’re still in compliance with the footwear program, these shoes do little toward resisting slip and fall accidents in the workplace.

This type of program, for evident reasons, has the lowest rate of success.

Payroll Deduction Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This type of program is most common for companies with slip-resistant shoe programs. In this program, the company is able to authorize and recommend vendors from which employees are able to purchase their shoes.

Workers are able to order their shoes through a manager or via a custom website. When their shoes arrive, the cost is deducted from the employee’s check over several pay periods. There are many modifications that can be made to this type of program which can lead to a higher rate of success for the companies that use them. Your personal account representative will be able to help you come up with the right modifications for you.

Subsidy Slip Resistant Shoe Program

In this type of program, the company decides on a dollar amount to give each employee an allowance towards their slip-resistant shoes. Subsidy amounts all depend upon the company and what they are trying to accomplish with their slip-resistant shoe program. As a result, this is by far the most successful of all types of slip-resistant shoe programs that we offer. It is also known to be the most suitable for companies that are looking to reduce on-the-job slip and fall accidents as well as workers’ comp claims.

All costs set aside, there are many other benefits to starting up a corporate shoe program. Your employees will not only feel good in their choice of slip-resistant work shoes but will also look good. They’ll feel valued as an individual and sense that their company is serious when it comes to their own personal safety on the job.

Ready to get started? Check us out on our website at www.srmax.com to set up your shoe program today!

How to Start a Shoe Program

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

For some employees, getting to a store to get slip-resistant shoes isn’t an easy task. Between getting to the shoe store, confirming that the shoes are slip resistant, and then finding a style that is comfortable, and that they will like can be a bit of a challenge.

Shoe programs can be a great solution. In fact, our goal is to help YOU reduce workplace injuries by offering the best slip resistant shoes in the styles and brands that you know your employees actually want to wear.

With the shoe program, we give you everything you need to figure out just exactly what types of results you should be looking for.

So, are you ready to take the plunge and start your own slip-resistant shoe program? Just follow these simple steps below:

 

Identify Key Issues

The first thing that we recommend you do is corral all of the corporate managers, department heads, and safety directors together and have them work together to determine what problems and issues the company has had with slips and falls. Bringing the leaders of the company together to understand the true extent of the issue is the first step in starting a footwear program.

Tally the Expenses

Next, you will need to factor in what the true cost of slips and falls and figure out what these accidents have really been costing you. If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to collecting this information, we are more than happy to help you figure it out, and help you understand the true measure in which slips and falls have affected your bottom line over the years.

Set Parameters

Now that you have determined your company is indeed in need of a shoe program, it’s time to determine what parameters you want your soon-to-be program to have. We are more than happy to meet the needs of your company specifically in order to create a custom program for you.

Get Excited!

Get your company excited about your new shoe program! There needs to be a strong level of cohesion from the boardroom, all the way to the stock room. Without basic buy-in awareness from your company, the program will more than likely fall flat. So put up posters, send emails, and create some awareness!

Are you Measuring Up?

It’s time for the fun part. That’s right, its time to measure your results! This step is necessary to quantify your program’s success. This is how you prove to your superiors that your program is successful! We recommend measuring the progress of your program at intervals of 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, and every year after that.

A successful shoe program isn’t something that just happens overnight. You need a strategic plan, and a little help from your dedicated SR Max team in order to really make this program a true success.

 

Ready to start your own shoe program? Click here.