As a result of the “great awakening” last year of the persistence and pervasiveness of sexual harassment, we all know that more must be done to tackle this scourge. Companies are looking to enhance their preventive efforts, and, of course, that must start at the top.
Christmas tree fires account for an average of 200 house fires every year and 37% of those occur in January. I am reminded this time of year that it is time to check the batteries in my smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Early in my career I was part of the team that treated patients after they had been exposed to the colorless and odorless carbon monoxide gas.
“Don’t hand me no lines, and keep your hands to yourself.” Way back in 1986 (that was 31 years ago, can you believe it?), the Georgia Satellites summed it up pretty well. But apparently not everyone was listening.
For the past few years, I have told the changing holiday tale of the Jewish Guy Who Wears A Chai. Together, we have taken a journey on how we can maximize the joy and minimize the myriad risks of the holiday season.
I have had this argument for close to two decades. I even had a lengthily discussion a few years ago with a former CEO who stated that HR should embrace these types of activities.
Well based on my last comment you know that I am not in favor, however let’s have a good discussion on the topic…
I have seen it all when it comes to Halloween in the office. From nothing to all out costume and Halloween Parties with drunken pirates and everything in-between. So, what should HR allow and where is the line in the sand?
So, let’s start with your actual work environment. Here are a few quick questions to ask:
Are customers or clients regularly on-site or are you sheltered from contact?
As hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in the U.S. over the past two weeks, no one could have imagined the historical nature of their effects. Even the best prepared contingency plans were put to the test.
What is HR’s role in crisis planning and recovery?
The National Hurricane Center warned Texas residents and businesses that it expects Hurricane Harvey to become a major hurricane before it reaches the middle Texas coastline sometime late Friday evening.
Social Security is committed to securing today and tomorrow for you and your employees. Protecting your identity and information is important to us. Security is part of our name and we take that seriously.
You are an exhausted HR professional charged with making the holidays lively without inviting lawsuits. On the day of your company’s holiday party, you walk into the lobby of your building and see the elegant Christmas pine that you had helped decorate. As you behold it in its twinkling glory, a co-worker says, “That tree is inappropriate in the workplace.”
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Summer is a great time to be outside, but that also means there’s more outdoor work going on, more construction and ultimately, more safety incidents.
I am sad that I have to publish such a post, but given the recent events in Paris and now Southern California I think it is prudent to pay attention to such situations. A very timely article appeared in the blog The Art of Manliness written by Brett and Kate McKay. I am going to summarize some of the points they made in their blog and will then refer you to their writing for further explanation.
Retailers Should Prepare Now for Next Hot Season
Drones: More than Just a Buzzword for Business
How to Ensure Your Solitary Workers Are Safe