Cultivating an Ethical Workforce

Cultivating and Keeping an Ethical Workforce

What does an unethical workplace look like? Your workplace could be full of unethical behavior and you may not even know it. Some signs include: A boss takes credit for work completed by an employee or a member of their team An employee calls in sick when they are completely healthy A colleague misrepresents a product to a customer to meet their sales quota If any of the above statements are true, you may be dealing with an unethical workplace.  Over time, these behaviors can lead to job firings, a chaotic workplace and a tarnished company reputation. The long-term effects and consequences of an unethical workplace environment can include a hostile workplace, conflicts of interest, misuse of the company’s internet, falsifying time and/or expense reports, lying to customers, workplace theft and corruption. A recent National Business Ethics Survey found:...

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Situational Awareness

How to Enhance Your Situational Awareness

We live in an electronic world and while these devices provide us with wonderful and instant connections and information, there is a downside… constant distraction. Every day we see people walking down the street texting on their cell phone.  If they are distracted by looking at their phone, they are not watching where they are going and may run into someone, something, or worse. The term for paying attention or being present in the moment is called “situational awareness”.  If they are texting or otherwise distracted, they are not being situationally aware which can have serious consequences! Be Fully Present in Your Environment There are steps you can take to make sure you are situationally aware. The first step in achieving situational awareness is to be fully present in your environment. This means to make a conscious effort to...

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Toxic Workforce

The Impact of a Toxic Workforce

Most of us spend the majority of our time at work. Hopefully that time is productive and positive, but what happens when it isn’t? Could your organization be a toxic environment? What defines a toxic work environment and how does it affect a company’s bottom line, its employees, and its productivity? A toxic workplace is simply defined as an unhealthy and damaging environment. Toxic behavior can be initiated at all levels in an organization, from top management on down. This can cause long term problems for employees ranging from personal health issues to more serious consequences: Individual Impact Decreased job satisfaction Physical problems; loss of sleep, increase / decrease of weight, high blood pressure Mental health problems; depression, paranoia Increased stress, potentially leading to violence Potential increased use of alcohol or drugs Toxic behavior not only hurts the employee,...

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Positive Attitude is Key

The YOU in Business

The most important asset in any business is its’ people. It sounds cliché and a bit obvious, but it is absolutely the truth. As an individual you can influence others and work with others to be successful. However, unless you “own it” and realize YOU have the power, success can never truly be achieved. The YOU in business is the most important part of business, make no mistake. Attitude is Everything Success starts with YOU. If you choose to succeed you will, there is no denying it. In a previous blog we talked about The Law of Attraction, like attracts alike things. The best way to harness the power of The Law of Attraction is to adopt a positive attitude. Attitude is established by the little voice inside your head. It is a very powerful force that must be...

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Utilize High Tech to Nurture High Touch

Utilize High Tech to Nurture High Touch

Today’s work environment is fueled with smartphones, emails and video conference meetings. Technology has taken over and is the main vehicle of communication. However, is this high tech approach to human interaction problematic? Does technology actual deter lasting connections with colleagues and clients? In some cases, yes but it doesn’t have to be that way. The key is to integrate technology with the “old school”, hands on, personalized approach to business interaction. This is the only way to ensure that connections become more meaningful, long-lasting relationships. What is High Tech vs. High Touch? In the early 1980s, John Naisbitt wrote a book called “Megatrends” where he described 10 trends that would shape the 21st century. One of the trends was called “High Tech/High Touch”. This trend pointed out that within the emerging technological or information based society, people must...

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data theft, workplace theft, sensitive information protection

Dos and Don’ts to Prevent and Deal with Workplace Theft

Believe it or not, even small thefts at your workplace can have a large negative impact on your business. In fact, according to ARS, the median loss for companies with 500 or less employees is $280,000 per year! To add insult to injury, small companies usually have far less anti-theft measurements in place and are even more susceptible to theft than large organizations, according to Tim Dimoff.   As a business owner, it is important to have specific guidelines in place when you suspect or have been told an employee is stealing from your organization. This is a very serious allegation and, unless you have definitive proof, it requires a very thorough process before dismissing or reprimanding said employee.   For example, earlier this year, an ambulance company employee was charged with taking three water bottles and a container...

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Preventing Workplace Violence in the Healthcare Industry

Physical assaults and threatening or violent behaviors are growing problems in the healthcare workplace, so the prevention of workplace violence in and around hospitals and healthcare facilities is an especially important issue. In 2013 70-74 per cent of all workplace assaults occurred in the healthcare and social service industries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), indicates that healthcare and social service workers face a significant risk of job-related violence. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 27 out of the 100 fatalities in the healthcare and social service industries in 2013 were due to assaults and violent acts. In addition, 70-74 per cent of all workplace assaults occurred in the healthcare and social service industries and assaults comprised 10-11 per cent of workplace injuries involving days away from work for healthcare workers. Work-related assaults and other incident...

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Video Game Rage

Is There a Proven Link Between Violent Video Games and Rage?

Does Video Game Rage Exist? A father in Texas is accused of killing his 2 year old daughter when she allegedly interrupted him while gaming. With disturbing news stories like this, it’s easy to see why there is an alarm going off for society to step back and take a look if there is a link between violent video games and rage. Source: The Washington Post Healthline states that there is a consistent relationship between violent video game use and aggression/rage. Specifically, video game rage decreases the following in the gamer: Prosocial behavior Empathy Sensitivity to aggression Is Game Violence Just the Bogeyman? It’s not a clear cut story of cause and effect. Since a driving simulation game called Death Race was pulled from an Illinois amusement park in 1976, the topic of video games causing rage has been a heated debate. According to...

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Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

9 Safety Tips to Practice in Real Estate

Real Estate Safety, What You Need to Know The real estate market is a competitive environment, only the best marketers usually stay in business. Becoming a real estate agent includes opening yourself up to perfect strangers. A lot of real estate agents will go door-to-door in their marketing process to make their names known to potential buyers and sellers. So it is not totally a surprise that real estate agents have become a target for criminals. Getting away with Murder (Almost) Andy VonStein was a man who really impacted his community, and one September day he was shot and killed by a man who had it out for him. Robert Grigleaitis lost his home due to a land contract deal gone wrong and it ended up costing him $80,000. Andy had nothing to do with this, but Grigleaitis blamed...

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Air Rage

Keeping Your Cool in the Skies

How to Ejoy a Stress-Free Flight Air rage just might be the new road rage. The seats are small. Your legs are cramped. The baby two rows behind you has been crying for the past hour. And you still have four hours left of your flight. Its enough to set even the nicest person over the edge. Air rage starts well before people board the plane. Booking a ticket can even be stressful. Prices can skyrocket in minutes, seats can sell out and families looking to sit together may be placed in different areas of the plane. Getting to the airport can cause some anxiety as well, especially if you are not a regular air traveler. Navigating the terminal, waiting in long lines getting through security and experiencing flight delays can put the most mild-mannered person on edge. Air...

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