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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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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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What’s an Employer to Do?

Your Rights and Responsibilities When an Employee Takes Drugs Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and Washington DC. Therefore, it’s important to be familiar with the laws that have been passed in your state and devise drug policies that takes into account state and federal laws. With 86 percent of Americans supporting medical marijuana, an overly restrictive policy may mean you lose good employees. Marijuana, while still classified as a Schedule I drug without medical use, does have medical benefits, and a bipartisan bill to make medical marijuana legal on the federal level has been introduced in the Senate. What does this mean for your business? Should you tighten your policies on positive test results or do the reverse and loosen them? If you choose to have a zero-tolerance policy, how do you handle employee recreational use that...

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Mobile Device Policy

Are You Smart About Smart Device Usage in Your Office?

7 Points to Include in Your Mobile Device Policies Smart devices have become an important tool in today’s business. Simply defined, a smart device (or mobile device) is any electronic device generally connected to other devices or networks via different wireless protocols. As usage of these devices, including wearables like smart watches, is now widespread, it is essential for organizations to establish policies.  Analysts predict that by 2018, 25 per cent of corporate data will completely bypass perimeter security and flow directly from mobile devices to the cloud. Make sure your employees understand if and what data is being collected, processed and stored. One dilemma is what restrictions do you put on employees regarding using smartphones and mobile devices after hours for work, or even personal usage? Other major concerns include risk to and/or loss of data, security issues,...

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Data Theft

5 Ways to Protect Your Business and Sensitive Information from Prying Eyes

Data Theft can have Serious Repercussions for Your Company You work hard to build and secure your business, your sensitive documents, and information. Most likely you think your office is secure. Maybe you take precautions to mitigate risks, but there may be many fraud vulnerable areas you may have not thought of. Business takes place not only in your office, but also outside of your office in the mobile world. 5 Fraud Vulnerabilities 1. Printers – Does your printer require a security code? If not you could be leaving confidential information out in the open. Make sure no material is ever left at the printer area. 2. Non-secure wastepaper bins or recycling areas – Instill a “shred-all” policy. This will eliminate any potential problems as well as any confusion over what should or should not be shredded. It will also reduce your...

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Understanding Stalkers: What Every Employer Needs to Know

 The 8 Most Common Types of Stalkers Understanding stalkers is paramount to protecting your staff, visitors and to possibly preventing workplace violence. Stalkers come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life and every socioeconomic background. They have different reasons for stalking and will take different actions. Some harass their victims out of hate, or out of revenge for some real or imagined offense. Stalking can also be a means of protest. There have been several killings by stalkers at workplaces, after employees who have been fired returned to stalk and eventually kill those who have fired them. There is one thing all stalkers have in common: obsession and delusion. While there is no cookie cutter description, there are some general categories that stalkers can fit into, sometimes showing characteristics of several categories. By understanding a stalker’s...

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