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Sep 7, 2017 - Terrorism is a fact of life in the 21st century, and we have all spent time ensuring we are prepared in the event it strikes our workplace or home. And terrorism is changing... we're not just worried about bombs anymore but also about lone actors whose actions we can't predict. This means we have to review our business continuity plans and ensure that we have included all potential risks that we may not have considered when bombs were our main concern.
Aug 31, 2016 - Your employees are a valuable resource and contribute mightily to your bottom line. There always are some employees, however, and some issues that can cause problems that might disrupt your business and adversely affect the bottom line. This issue focuses on how to deal with those employees and how to avoid situations that could compromise your business.
Aug 24, 2016 - The theme of this September’s National Preparedness Month is once again “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” NPM reminds us to prepare for emergencies that could affect us at work, at home, and on travel or vacation. This week’s articles focus on how you can plan for and deal with disasters and other disruptions to your business.
Aug 17, 2016 - Think BP, Toyota, Tylenol, Red Cross -- all brands that suffered serious damage to their brands and reputation yet have survived. While your business or organization may not be on that scale, you could suffer reputation damage from which it could take years to recover. What’s your online reputation management plan? The articles below offer some tips on how to manage your reputation online and how to assess reputation risks.
Aug 10, 2016 - It's important that you review and update your business continuity plan in order to cover all the possible risks -- everything from acts of terrorism to the zika virus. What's particularly important is ensuring that your current plan addresses all the risks that could affect your organization; readiness to respond is the goal. This issues covers what your plan should include, how to help your employees plan at home and what you should know about the zika virus.
Aug 3, 2016 - Cyber hacking is always in the news. The recent hacking of the emails of the Democratic National Committee once again reminds us that cyber security should be a major concern for all of us. We have to continually update our security plans and processes – and our employee education -- so we can keep up with the advances made by hackers and other cyber criminals. This issue may shed some light on how you can continue to protect your organization.
Today, many people have business continuity/disaster plans, but they may not review and update them on a regular basis, which can lead to serious problems. When you first wrote your plan, did you consider that one day much of your data would/might be in the cloud? Did you plan for what you would have to do in the event your cloud vendor went out of business? If not, and you have a private or public cloud vendor (or are thinking about going to the cloud), you may want to read on.
Various types of workplace violence, including active shooters, have been on the rise in recent years and many end in fatalities. What have you done to prevent acts of workplace violence in your organization? Do you identify risks for violence on a regular basis? Do you have a policy for employees to report concerns about specific employees? Once you read this week's articles, you might want to look again at what you're doing and see where you might improve.
We probably cannot count the number of times we have said that you cannot rely on a plan that hasn't been tested – or asked if you want to use a plan for the first time in the midst of a disaster. This issue echoes those sentiments and can help you design and implement your own exercises for your various plans.
A comprehensive risk management strategy enables an organization to identify, assess, manage and/or mitigate various risks. It provides a method by which you can prioritize specific risks and determine how to allocate resources. As we all know, there are many types of risk, internal and external, that may impact operations. This issue addresses ways to deal with these various types of risk.
Most of us expect our workplaces to be safe and secure, and most of them are. There are some circumstances, however, when unexpected events may not have been sufficiently planned for. Our safety and security is the responsibility of the employer, but all employees also have some responsibility for their own and their co-workers’ safety. These articles discuss a number of issues for which you might need additional planning.