Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Planning for Winter Weather

December 5, 2018 - With winter on the way (and, in some cases, already hitting hard), we should definitely be reviewing our plans to keep things running if the worst weather strikes. What if employees can't get to work? What if your building has no power or is flooded? Do you know what your winter weather risks are? This week's articles could help refine your plans for the weather ahead.

When snow, ice or other weather threatens to keep people off the roads this winter, telecommuting could help keep your business running. (Item #1)   Old ways of protecting data centers against winter weather are no longer adequate in today's always-on business world. (Item #2)   Here are the steps you can take now to prepare for extreme winter weather and mitigate the risks for your small business. (Item #3)

Here's how to get ahead of storms with planning and teamwork. (Item #4)   What's your liability if an employee is injured on the way to work in a snowstorm? (Item #5)   We can hope this winter won't bring 100 inches of snow, but here are some lessons from Boston when that happened in 2015. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It's Flu Season - What are you doing about it?

November 28, 2018 - After last year's terrible flu season, many of us are concerned about what the 2018-2019 flu season will bring. Experts pretty much agree that it's impossible to predict what this year's flu season will be like. While flu vaccines have been improved, flu germs are constantly changing so there are no guarantees. For this reason, there are a number of things you can do in the workplace that can help prevent the spread of flu. These articles will provide some guidance.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) provides guidance for keeping employees healthy in order to successfully get through the flu season. (Item #1)  Flu season 2018 is already starting to take lives. Are you protected? (Item #2)  So if we don't plan and prepare adequately for the non-IT types of problems, we are leaving ourselves vulnerable to many problems that are not all that rare. (Item #3) 

All employers can implement a combination of controls to protect workers and reduce the transmission of the seasonal flu virus in the workplace. (Item #4)  This emergency preparedness outline will serve as an excellent roadmap for managing an epidemic in your work environment. (Item #5)  There is a wide range of cleaning products available that can help control workplace flu germs; companies should be aware of the differences in these products and how they perform against flu germs. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Holidays: To Party or Not to Party?

November 14, 2018 - The holidays are creeping up on us, and it's time (or maybe past time) to consider the holiday party. Should you have one? What kind? Are there other options to show your gratitude to your employees than by having a drunken bash? If you have one, how can you keep it under control? These articles address these questions and offer some ideas on how to have a great party or what to do instead. Happy Holidays!

Following these tips should help ensure that employees not only remember your holiday party, but remember it for all the right reasons. (Item #1)   In short, while company parties can be genuine fun, there are minefields to navigate here. (Item #2)   If your company wants to continue its holiday office party tradition, you need to think in advance about how to manage holiday parties to avoid potential hazards. (Item #3)

The holidays are a time to celebrate, but we need to be careful because any misdeeds (perceived or otherwise) can be quickly cataloged online -- and cause lasting reputational damage. (Item #4)   Here are 76 ideas to take your company holiday party to the next level.  (Item #5)   Here are some ways you can reward employees at the holidays without having a party.  (Item #6)

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

After the Disaster... What Now?

November 7, 2018 - We've seen lots of natural disasters recently, and there's no doubt that many businesses have been affected. But do you know what you should be doing in the wake of such a disaster? Some of the things you have to think about include what steps to take to get things up and running, how do you find the right company to clean up the mess, and how should you deal with employees who are dealing with losses at home as well as at work? Perhaps you'll find some answers in these articles.

Take a look at what you should do after a natural disaster strikes your business. (Item #1)   This post looks at 10 recovery actions you must take after a disaster.  (Item #2)   After a disaster, many small business owners whose companies were hit by hurricanes or other natural disasters embark on an uncertain path to recovery. (Item #3) 

Here's a rundown of what businesses should know about business continuity and disaster recovery planning. (Item #4)   Here are a few tips and guidelines on how to choose the best water damage professionals for the job after a flood or other water disaster. (Item #5)   When a disaster or crisis of any kind strikes, the human element should take priority over business and industry.  (Item #6)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Changing Face of Terrorism

October 31, 2018 - This past week has been a sad reminder to us that terrorism is no longer just something we need to fear from foreign enemies. At a grocery store in Kentucky (and almost at a church there), at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and at any number of locations across the country targeted with bombs by mail, we have seen domestic terror at work. It would seem that it's time -- if we haven't done so already -- to learn more about the changing face of terrorism and to incorporate some terrorism training into our orientations at work (see Item #4). See what this week's articles have to say about terrorism today and how we can help our employees deal with this threat in the workplace.

The ability of organizations to adapt to the changing pattern of terrorism is essential if they are able to limit the effects of terrorism on their operations and employees. (Item #1)   The changing nature of terrorism has impacted the world in many ways; today businesses need to understand the risk posed by terrorist attacks on their people, property, and technology. (Item #2)   If the government started seeing violent anti-Semitic or white supremacist groups as more like jihadist groups, several things could change. (Item #3)

The workplace will continue to be an ideal target for international terrorists---even more so due to a lack of preparedness and a perceived lack of employer emphasis on workplace preparedness for terrorism. (Item #4)   With terrorism affecting the Western world like never before it's imperative to keep employees feeling safe. (Item #5)   Terrorism is an act of desperation rather than real power. (Item #6)

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