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Workplace Violence Policy?

Workplace Violence Policy? Think Again! According to a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), reminding employees of your workplace violence policy may be an Unfair Labor Practice. A nursing home that posted a memo reminding employees of the company’s workplace violence policy had the act ruled unfair by the NLRB.  Following a […]

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Corporate Crisis Management

Corporate Crisis Management: A Clear Necessity After a second outbreak of riots began in Ferguson, Missouri that quickly outpaced those experienced throughout the city in August; the rest of the nation responded in various ways to the grand jury findings that Darren Wilson would not be charged with the murder of teenager Michael Brown. Communities […]

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How Good is Your Business Emergency Planning?

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Corporate Emergency Planning for Civil Unrest The images of businesses in Ferguson, MO with boarded up windows in anticipation of unrest following the grand jury verdict has caused businesses in other cities to reflect on their own emergency planning for civil unrest situations.  Protests and demonstrations turned violent in August and rioting and looting erupted; […]

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Alarms Won’t Stop an Active Shooter

Smoke Alarms Don’t Extinguish Fires and Gunfire Alarms Won’t Stop an Active Shooter Recently, a Massachusetts school made headlines by installing an active shooter detection system.  The system, which is similar to others that have been used by the military, detects the noise and flash of gunfire through smoke alarm-sized sensors installed throughout the building […]

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Active Shooter Training Considerations

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Active Shooter Training Drills Should be Carefully Planned The science of training is well documented. One of the most basic rules of training teaches that if the goal is to teach an employee what to do in a certain situation, then you can teach the desired behavior by: Breaking the task into steps, or small, […]

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CEO Shot! The Case for Executive Security

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The Case for Executive Security During Times of High Risk Last Friday, August 1, 2014 CEO Steven LaVoie of Arrowstream honored a request for a private meeting from an recently demoted employee. The employee, Tony DeFrances, was also an old friend so there was little cause for concern in the CEO’s mind. Unfortunately, instead of […]

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Criminal Background Checks: Benefits and Consequences

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Benefits and Consequences of Doing A Criminal Background Check In a fast-paced business world, trust and security is more than a right: it is a privilege that must be earned. However, how can business members assure themselves of hiring the best employees around —literally? Well, no fear: everybody’s friend (sic), the criminal background check is […]

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Prevent Workplace Violence

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How to Prevent Workplace Violence Given how prevalent violence has become in the American workplace, ways to prevent workplace violence should be the number one priority of every human resources department. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines workplace violence as any type of behaviors that are threatening and disruptive, including intimidation, harassment, and physical […]

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