Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Safety and Security in Workplace Emergencies

June 21, 2017 - Everything you read focuses on a couple of things about workplace emergencies: be aware and be prepared. Communication is important, as are drills, training and the development of emergency procedures. This issue covers all these things and more and provide food for thought about the status of your emergency preparedness.

The advent of cyber security threats and more competitive work environments has pressured businesses to place a greater emphasis on the safety and security of their organization. (Item #1)   Your security team’s knowledge of the building, your safety and security procedures, and familiarity with your tenants, positions them as a key player. (Item #2)   There are a number of possible examples of emergency procedures for your workplace. (Item #3)

Having an effective emergency contact system is one tool that can help in a crisis; what can hurt is if employees have been complacent about their safety training. (Item #4)   To help you lead safely at work, here are seven very important thinking points. (Item #5)   This OSHA publication covers what to consider in planning for workplace emergencies. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Meeting & Event Planning

June 14, 2017 - When the going gets tough... meeting and event planners step up! It's what you do, right? We know that there's no such thing as a perfect meeting and event, so it's always good to refresh what you know and increase your arsenal to handle problems and disruptions. Try these articles for some additional perspectives.

Here are some common reasons why virtual meetings go wrong.  (Item #1)   Know the real costs of corporate meetings and events, and realize that a dollar saved may actually be $100 lost. (Item #2)   Here is a list of the top five things that frequently go wrong at events and what action you can take in order to mitigate them. (Item #3)

Aside from falling on your sword, what should you do when something goes wrong, and someone needs to be held responsible? (Item #4)   These 10 commandments might make your meetings better. (Item #5)   Here's how to find, evaluate, and prep your speakers. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Identity Theft

June 7, 2017 - Identity theft now costs businesses billions of dollars each year, and it's on the rise. No business seems to be immune, from sole practitioners to large corporations. This week we look at exactly what identity theft is and what you can do to prevent it. Check out the articles below for some of the steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim.

In terms of potential losses and damage to victims, business identity theft could easily be considered consumer identity theft's bigger, meaner, and more evil twin. (Item #1)  There are actions that every small business should take—all of which involve being vigilant in monitoring and protecting your business identity as rigorously as you seek to protect your personal identifying information. (Item #2)   For the self-employed and owners of very small businesses, whose time and energies are devoted to growing the company, data security often falls in priority; it shouldn't. (Item #3)

Failing to file seemingly minor forms can leave entrepreneurs vulnerable to crimes that can destroy their credit, their reputation, and even their businesses. (Item #4)   How can business taxpayers minimize the chance of becoming a victim of identity theft? (Item #5)   Identitytheft.gov can guide you through ways to prevent and recover from identity theft. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

National Safety Month

May 31, 2017 - June is National Safety Month and a good time to think about safety in your workplace. These articles cover workplace injuries, active shooter preparations, fire, medical and other emergencies. If you haven’t visited the topic of workplace safety in a while, June is a good time to do so, and this issue can help.

Protecting employees by eliminating or controlling hazards through engineering or work practice controls should be everyone's goal, employer, and employee alike. (Item #1)   If a mass shooting occurred at your workplace, would your workforce know what to do?  (Item #2)   Check out these tips for dealing with emergency situations in the workplace. (Item #3)

Do you know what to do to lessen the likelihood of an office fire breaking out -- and how to react if one does? (Item #4)   How can an AED help keep my employees safe? (Item #5)   Here are six guidelines to help you create a safer working environment for you and your employees. (Item #6)


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mass Communication Systems

May 24, 2017 - Ever since the shootings at Virginia Tech, mass communication systems have been evolving into tools that can help save lives and businesses. What is your method of communicating to your employees about a disaster or disruption? If you don’t have some kind of system, you should take a look at this week’s articles that discuss these systems and how to choose them.

The author discusses how organizations can use employee communications platforms to identify who is affected, communicate instructions quickly, and receive quantifiable responses from those who might be at risk. (Item #1)   Here are just a few ways you can promote your ENS that you can mix and match to ensure your recipients are aware of the new service and the benefits to them. (Item #2)   Ensuring employees know what to do to rebound and then effectively communicate with customers, partners, suppliers, etc. is critical in any business continuity plan. (Item #3)

Here is some helpful advice about selecting and evaluating mass communication vendors. (Item #4) Here are several best practices to help garner voluntary internal participation for your mass notification program. (Item #5)   Let’s take a quick look at some of the ways a mass notification system can enhance evacuation procedures. (Item #6)


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