Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Workplace Violence

One in six violent crimes occurs in the workplace, according to the most recent Department of Justice study on crime. The workplace is the scene of almost 1 million violent crimes every year, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  About 10 percent--or 100,000--of these violent workplace crimes involve offenders armed with handguns. With numbers like this, you can’t assume your workplace is safe. Read this week’s articles to see how you prepare and perhaps avoid workplace violence.

HR is both the target of and its first line of defense against workplace violence. (Item #1) How do you prevent workplace violence eruptions? (Item #2) A no-tolerance policy and early intervention are the keys to preventing workplace violence. (Item #3)

A comprehensive workplace violence plan will include three critical elements. (Item #4) Violence in the workplace impacts all employees; what can you do after the fact to deal with their emotions? (Item #5) Here are some workplace violence statistics that may open your eyes to the scope of the problem. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No Business Continuity Plan ???

It's hard to believe that some organizations still do not have business continuity plans. Odds are that this lack of planning will catch up with them at some point. If you're one of those companies, or if your plan is outdated, check out this week’s articles and get busy safeguarding the future of your organization.

Begin planning now to ensure your survivability. (Item #1) Here are some steps for small businesses to take in creating a BCP. (Item #2) Continuity planning is something that many companies fail to plan for. (Item #3)

It’s more likely that a commonplace event will cause your disaster than any kind of cataclysmic event. (Item #4) Where does BCP report in your organization? (Item #5) Do you know how much a BCP would be worth to your organization? (Item #6)

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Don’t fall prey to the it-can’t-happen-here way of thinking with regard to cybercrime. It can and does happen anywhere, and no one seems to be immune. Take a look at this week’s articles and figure out your risk of cybercrime – and prepare for it in your business continuity plan.

Cybercrime costs businesses big bucks. (Item #1) Everyone in the workplace is responsible for computer security. (Item #2) HR plays an important role in fighting cybercrime. (Item #3)

Here’s how to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime. (Item #4) What can small businesses do about cybercrime? (Item #5) Cybercrime is the bane of online transactions. (Item #6)

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

BCP Testing and Training

We can't say it often enough... don't let your first disaster become the test for your business continuity plan! If you want to be sure the plan will work and everyone understands what they have to do, you must test your entire plan at least once a year and perhaps test different parts of it more often. This week's articles all discuss the importance of testing and training and provide some help in setting up your own tests.

Training doesn't have to be complicated to work well. (Item #1) How can you communicate the value of BC training? (Item #2) Financial institutions have some requirements for validating their plans. (Item #3)

Don't waste the resources you put into your plan… make sure everyone knows it's there and how to use it. (Item #4) Here are some keys to moving beyond the concept stage. (Item #5) Read about some of the issues in testing and see how some organizations got it wrong. (Item #6)

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