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Safety and Security

Thinking Beyond the Simple Text Blaster

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

How often do any of us pick up a phone to make a call anymore when we can just send a quick text instead? It’s no surprise that 292 million Americans—roughly 80 percent of the population—use text messages to communicate. In the age of instant communication, text messages are the norm. They’re fast, convenient, and easy.

To communicate with employees, software that allows you to send bulk text messages may seem like a great solution. After all, many businesses successfully use text messaging software to market to and stay connected with their customers. But when you need to communicate critical, time-sensitive information to employees, one-way text blasts just aren’t the way to go.
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Using a Wildfire Map to Protect Your Business

By | Emergency Management, Safety and Security

Wildfires are one of the most unpredictable natural disasters out there.

Unlike hurricanes or winter storms, they are impossible to forecast ahead of time. They can start up in an instant—after a lightning strike, unattended campfire, or a gender reveal party gone wrong. Researchers estimate that 85% of wildfires are human-caused.

To top it off, wildfires spread extremely quickly—up to and exceeding 10 miles per hour. In just a few hours, a fire that starts off very small can engulf wide swaths of land. Read More

How to Scale Back Reopening When Cases Surge

By | Safety and Security

If the first stage of the pandemic was primarily proactive, we are now safely in the reactive stage.

For the first few months of the pandemic, unknowns were everywhere. We did not know how to test for the disease at scale, how it spread, or how deadly it really was. Because of all these unknowns, we made it our mission to flatten the curve—hoping to limit the initial surge and give us time to learn about the disease and prepare accordingly. Read More

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HR’s Role in Safety: How HR Wins With Effective Emergency Communication

By | Communications, Safety and Security

The COVID-19 crisis has fundamentally transformed the HR function and amplified the impact it can have on the business. As organizations around the world adapt to a new way of working and an evolving business landscape, the role of HR has never been more challenging—or more important.

One of HR’s core responsibilities is to implement human capital strategies that enable the organization to meet its current and future talent needs. But for any HR initiative or program to achieve its full potential—especially given our current circumstances—employee health and safety has to be at the top of HR’s agenda. Read More

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How and When to Restart Business Travel

By | Safety and Security

As businesses start to reopen—bringing employees back to the physical workplace— decision-makers are having to wrestle with the questions of how and when to reopen. Even as more and more companies decide to do so, however, it is with the realization that it will be a long time before things are truly back to “normal.” In fact, some things may never go back to the way they were before the pandemic.

One of those things is business travel. Business travel was one of the first things that halted when the pandemic hit, and it will almost certainly be one of the last things to restart. There are inherent risks that come with travel of any kind—since disease transmission is both more likely and more dangerous while traveling.

All the same, travel never fully ceased, and some companies are starting to consider how and when to restart their business travel. For some companies, business travel is the lifeblood of their operations. The process will obviously be gradual, but travel managers need to start thinking about when it makes sense to wade back into the world of business travel.

This article will unpack the key questions your organization needs to be asking when planning necessary or future business travel. Specifically, your company will need to decide:

  • IF to travel
  • WHERE to travel
  • WHO should travel
  • HOW to travel

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What to Do When an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

By | Safety and Security

While most of the country has been under stay-at-home orders for the better part of two months, essential workers have continued to show up for work every day to keep our communities running. As many states begin easing lockdown restrictions and organizations start considering a full return to work, many more employees will soon find themselves back in the workplace.

But with over 1.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. alone at the time of writing, it’s not just behemoths like Amazon and Walmart that have had to (or soon will) deal with coronavirus in the workplace. 

If your organization hasn’t yet had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in your workforce, chances are that you likely will at some point. So, do you know what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? Read More

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How and When to Reopen Your Business

By | Communications, Safety and Security

The decision of whether to reopen your business is weighing heavily on the minds of many leaders today. On the one hand, every company wants to keep their employees and customers safe. At the same time, many people and businesses are on the ropes because of the sudden closures caused by this pandemic.

Everyone wants to return to some semblance of “normal.” The questions are simply how and when. In this article, we will discuss both of those questions. We will start by discussing what your business needs to consider before deciding it’s time to reopen. Then we will discuss how to put that plan into action. Read More

Keeping Your Employees Healthy and Productive in a Remote Working Environment

By | Safety and Security

In a matter of weeks, the Coronavirus pandemic has transformed remote working from a rarity into the norm. Before the pandemic, only 3.6 percent of American workers worked from home. Today, it is nearly half

Now that millions of Americans are working from home, however, it is turning out to not be quite as glamorous as many had envisioned it. Spending day after day between the same four walls, from morning to evening, has its challenges. Remote working for long stretches of time can lead to loneliness, weariness, and reduced productivity.

Unfortunately, though, remote working is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Even if some businesses begin to re-open in a limited capacity over the next several months, it will likely be a while before things can return to normal. As an employer or manager, that means that you need to make sure you are doing everything in your power to make your company’s remote working environment as sustainable as possible.  Read More