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2014 Publications

Creating a Veterans-Friendly EAP
Employee Assistance Report Magazine

With the President’s recent announcement to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by 2016, employers should anticipate an influx of military veterans entering the workforce. In addition to providing jobs for these returning vets, employers must also provide an employee assistance program that includes veterans specific services in order to help cultivate a veterans-friendly workplace environment.

35 Years of using the Social Enterprise Business Model
Social Enterprise Alliance

Emerging market pressures and increasing need mean nonprofits are trying to do more with less. It’s become imperative to utilize every creative channel at our disposal to enable our collective missions and community impact, and one way to do that is via social enterprise. A social enterprise is a unique business model that creates synergy between for-profit and nonprofit organizations, where profits earned by the for-profit company are automatically reinvested into the community through the services of the nonprofits.

Accounting for People During Times of Crisis
Campus Safety Magazine

Schools, universities and hospitals offer many opportunities for open-access events. On a daily basis, campus perimeters are wide open. Urban universities are more exposed than a standalone campus. So how do you account for the number of people on your campus at any given time, especially during a crisis? In the stressful and chaotic environment of a critical event, it is essential that campus administration account for its most valuable assets: students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Code Red – Key Elements of a Well Prepared Retail Disaster Plan
Retail Facility Business Magazine

Keeping employees safe from workplace injuries related to heavy lifting, repetitive motion, or slips and falls is a concern for all retailers. As a facility manager or store owner, you’ve also considered and trained for the what-ifs in the event of a shoplifting situation, but are you and your employees prepared for a mall crisis involving an active shooter, armed robbery or a natural disaster?

Using Social Media in Times of Crisis – Harmful or Helpful?
Campus Safety Magazine

Twitter and Facebook can provide immediate alerts and responses, but also yield misinformation and other potential concerns.

Planning and Communicating for Open Population Disasters
Security Magazine

Sports and entertainment venues typically involve accessibility that is open to the public. The majority of spectators have purchased a ticket that identifies where they are seated, but the venue has no identifying information about the ticket holder. Having a written plan in place to help account for people in the event of a crisis is a crucial element to allow security personnel and first responders to focus on incident management. A predetermined plan also helps with the success of the business recovery efforts.

Take a Whole-Health Approach to an Employee Wellness Program
Corporate Wellness Magazine

Employers who seek to add a wellness program to their overall Employee Assistance Program (EAP) package will want to research programs with a focus on not only a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. This can be accomplished by including a behavioral health component to the wellness program.

Penn State Announces Transition to New Emergency Phone Bank Service
Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State has announced a partnership with a third-party vendor to manage phone calls from the public in the event of a large-scale emergency. The transition marks the end of an era for Penn State, which since 2008 has relied on a core of about 50-70 trained volunteers from the University community who would have answered incoming calls in the event of a major incident.

Boston Strong
BizTimes Milwaukee Magazine

In running the Boston Marathon last month, Sally Hartman set out to finish what she started last year, when she missed the race finish line by about a half mile. Hartman, an Employee Assistance Program counselor at Milwaukee-based FEI Behavioral Health, had reached 25.7 miles when two explosives detonated near the finish line, where a handful of her family members were awaiting her arrival.

Responding to Domestic Violence on Campus: Warning Signs and Prevention
Campus Law Enforcement Journal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines intimate partner violence (IPV)–also called domestic violence, battering or spouse abuse–as a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans. The term “intimate partner violence” describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a spouse, ex-spouse or current or former girlfriend or boyfriend. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

Business Security a Balance of Risk, Cost
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A typical corporate office is simply not ready for a determined, armed assault – and most companies do not want the cost and climate that comes with that kind of protection, said Darrell Mercer, owner of Mercer Protection Agency in Alpharetta. Security could mean locked doors, metal detectors, electronic badges for employees, cameras and armed guards.

Human Resource’s Role in Crisis Events
SHRM Atlanta Blog

The ultimate impact of a crisis, in costs to a company and its people, is determined by how that crisis was addressed before, during and after an actual event. Unfortunately, the stressful and chaotic environment of a disaster can cause organizations to overlook the deep impact a crisis can have on the psychological health of its victims. Fortunately, organizations already have a resource on hand that is equipped to manage their human capital; the human resources department. Because they are responsible for ensuring the well-being of the employee population, it is particularly important that human resource professionals are properly trained to assist employees before, during, and after a crisis in the workplace.

Dependent Care Issues: Balancing Work-Life with Backup Care

Employee Benefits Planner

Benefit administrators are all too familiar with work-life balance, and they know how important it is for both the employer and the employee. Happy employees are productive employees. So what happens when child care falls through, or an employee’s child is too sick to go to regular day care? An employee who otherwise had been sailing along suddenly finds herself without a plan B and is scrambling for care. Employees who care for elderly parents find themselves in the care struggle as well.

Marquette PR students taught crisis management skills: Employers need to have employees ready for emergencies
BizTimes Milwaukee Magazine

When she taught a public relations writing course at Marquette University during the fall semester, Nicole Singer, senior PR counselor at Bottom Line Marketing & Public Relations in Milwaukee, included crisis management in her curriculum because those skills are becoming a more in-demand service for employers. Disasters – whether natural or man-made – can strike at any time, and could have a crippling impact on a business. With an emergency preparedness plan in place, a company can appropriately respond to unexpected events.

Safety 101: Prepare children on how to keep safe with emergency basics
Post Crescent Newspaper

Learning about emergencies does not need to be scary for kids when parents or caregivers use the right approach. Many times teachers, parents and caregivers already have talked with kids about some safety issues such as stop, drop and roll and stranger danger. Use that as a stepping stone by referencing safety issues already discussed to begin a new but similar topic. Also talk about emergencies that are current events such as a house fire in town or a medical emergency that came up, especially if the child has seen it on television.