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6 Oct. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

Personal Crises and the Workplace

(Written by Katie Heindel, FEI Network Operations Specialist)

While “crisis” doesn't always mean a large-scale event, the impact of a crisis on the people involved can feel enormous. Many of us have been in situations where a coworker experiences death, illness or personal loss and we ask ourselves the same questions: what should I say or do? Is it better to ignore the situation and act as if nothing is wrong?

25 Sep. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

Securing Communications during a Crisis

(Written by James Pettigrew, FEI Program and Project Manager)

The security of information has become one of the most important tasks a company should be conscientious of and have the ability to manage. With the increased number of hacks and data breaches – including the ability of hackers to now access voicemails and data stored on mobile devices – companies must make sure best practices are followed when managing a crisis beyond what they may face on a daily basis.

9 Sep. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

Repeat Media Exposure and Trauma

(Written by Aimee Hoffmann, FEI EAP Counselor)

On August 26, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were murdered on live TV by Vester Flanagan. Flanagan apparently held a grudge against his former co-workers and planned their execution during a live broadcast while simultaneously filming to post on Facebook. In Flanagan’s manifesto, which he’d sent to the police, he praises the Columbine and Virginia Tech shooters. He also indicated the deadly church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina was the tipping point.

27 Aug. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

Lessons Hidden In Headlines

(Written by Ralph Metzner, FEI Director of Product Management)

The heroic actions of three Americans and one Briton on the train from Amsterdam to Paris have been recognized as being responsible for preventing a terrorist massacre and have received praise and admiration world-wide. To be sure, their bravery and quick thinking are commendable and certainly saved lives. Yet, behind the headlines are two important facts.

17 Aug. 2015 Posted by ameulendyke

A Response to Workplace Violence: Honoring Lara Sobel

(Guest Blog written by Kirstin Anderson, Families in Society)

Families in Society editors and staff are deeply saddened by the tragic killing of social worker Lara Sobel, a longtime employee of the Vermont Department of Children and Families and program graduate of the Child Welfare Training Partnership at the University of Vermont. Killed outside of her office by the mother of a child taken into custody, Ms. Sobel died at the scene on August 7, 2015. Our condolences are offered to her family, colleagues, and the many children and families she has worked beside over the years.