Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holiday Parties... or Not?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost here, and many offices plan holiday parties at this time of year... or at least try to figure out how to recognize employees for their hard work, loyalty, etc. If you're looking for ideas other than the typical office party, articles #1 and #2 may interest you. If you're still going to hold the annual bash, you may want to take a look at the rest of this week's articles to help avoid liability that could damage - or close - your business.

Here are several suggestions for festivities that don't need to involve alcohol. (Item #1) Perhaps you'd like your holiday celebration to reflect the austerity of the times but still be fun. (Item #2) If you're going ahead with the big bash, some tips on limiting liability. (Item #3)

Here's an office party risk assessment checklist for managers. (Item #4) There are several types of liability you need to look out for. (Item #5) Don't let party incidents destroy the goodwill the event was designed to create. (Item #6)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

After the disaster...

First of all, we want to say that our thoughts and hearts are with any of you who have struggled through - or may still be struggling with - the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The devastation from Hurricane Sandy is massive, and it certainly should cause us to think about what we need to do AFTER the disaster. Following your plan is important, but perhaps there were things you didn't prepare for... what do you do now? This issue can help you review your disaster recovery plan to see if more preparations were needed.

The effects of a hurricane like Sandy should be a reminder to all businesses of the importance of disaster recovery planning. (Item #1) Take this advice from a business owner who recovered. (Item #2) Managing after a disaster presents unique challenges. (Item #3)

Here's a guide for the small business owner regarding working with your insurance representatives. (Item #4) If your home also is affected by a disaster, here are some steps to take to get your home and your life back in order. (Item #5) Here’s some guidance from small businesses on how to get back to business as soon as possible. (Item #6)