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It's Flu Season - What are you doing about it?
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.
The Holidays: To Party or Not to Party?
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!
After the Disaster... What Now?
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.
The Changing Face of Terrorism
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 these articles have to say about terrorism today and how we can help our employees deal with this threat in the workplace.
Managing risk is an ongoing process. You can't assume a "once-and-done” attitude toward this important activity or you might find yourself in trouble. So, even if you have a risk management policy, you might want to take a look at these articles to see if and how it can be improved.
Communicating during a Crisis
As you read through these articles, you will see several themes... respond quickly, tell the truth, and apologize. There's lots more good information as well. Companies have to act like people in a crisis situation, and the way they communicate can enable that perception in their stakeholders. We hope you don't have to put this information to use, but, let's face it, stuff happens, and we all need whatever help we can get just in case.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month
This October is the 15th observation of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity. The theme for 2018 is "Cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our Nation's cybersecurity." These articles focus on the five Cybersecurity Framework Function areas: identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover.
Fire Prevention, Preparedness & Safety
National Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922 in the week in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred Oct. 8-10 and killed more than 300 people. October also is National Fire Prevention Month. Each year at this time we like to focus on fire safety, prevention, and preparedness. Take a look at these articles to see how to prepare and stay safe at work and at home. Don't take your safety for granted.