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5 Apr. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Employee Participation in Family Assistance

One of the questions an organization has to consider when creating a Family Assistance Plan is the level of involvement of their own employees. The question of whether or not to utilize employees is a complex one. On the one hand, many organizations feel strongly that they want their employees assisting family members as it very clearly demonstrates the organization’s commitment to people in need. Employees themselves often feel strongly about wanting to help in a critical situation.

23 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Psychological Effects of Disaster

A disaster affects every person differently, but more often than not, it will impact the lives of its survivors, sometimes temporarily and at others more permanently. Because its occurrence is so vastly outside of a victim’s normal range of experience, a traumatic event often gives no warning or very little time for someone to prepare. This results in an individual’s usual coping mechanisms to be insufficient, which can lead to psychological destabilization or even intense physical and psychological suffering. Common psychological reactions to trauma or a critical event include denial, time distortion, auditory or visual distortions, panic, helplessness, and difficulty returning to daily routines. Trauma has also been known to cause psychological responses such as hyperventilation, nausea, insomnia, nightmares, or outbursts of anger.

16 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Personal and Financial Preparedness in the Wake of a Disaster

Businesses commonly dedicate significant resources and budget to risk management, with much attention focused on physical risks to infrastructure and information technology. Yet, without proper preparation at the personal level, a disaster can have a significant impact on the continuity of your business. A few very basic preparatory steps focused on the human side of crisis can greatly increase the ability of a business to survive and bounce back from a crisis.

9 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Social Media Becomes Critical For Airlines and Organizations Worldwide

The use of social media in the airline industry has become a rapidly increasing trend. In fact, a recent article from the Business Standard suggests that airlines that regularly monitor social media tend to be better connected with the needs of their customers. Additionally, it has been estimated that 40 percent of airlines are actively growing their social media team to incorporate representatives from marketing, customer service, e-commerce, corporate communications and other departments.

1 Mar. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Awareness is Crucial to Violence Prevention in Schools

Recent events have put into perspective for many how tragic and unthinkable violence in schools can be. Awareness is the most basic tool of crisis prevention, but unfortunately its importance is commonly overlooked as signals and precursors to violent behaviors often go unaddressed. An increased awareness of these types of behaviors in students can provide an opportunity for threats to be identified and addressed before behavior reaches crisis levels.

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