Trauma and How It Can Adversely Affect the Workplace
Emergency Management Magazine
When our systems are stressed and overworked, our ability to problem solve, make rational decisions, and process information decreases, leading to taking chances one might not otherwise do.
The Millennials: Teaching a New Dog Old Tricks
Understanding what motivates Millennials, what they value in the workplace and how they like to receive information may help employers keep their benefit offerings up to date.
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Active Shooter Preparedness, Response and Recovery: A Checklist of Best Practices
Campus Law Enforcement Journal
Every week seems to bring heartbreaking news of another active shooter event in America – San Bernardino, Orlando, Dallas, Louisiana. While these situations can be overwhelming for the communities involved, they also present an opportunity for your campus security team to revisit your emergency response plan and reinforce a component for active shooter situations. We've compiled a checklist of best practice questions for you to consider.
Developing Resiliency in an Emergency Response Team
Athletic Business Magazine
When thinking of resiliency and sports, most people will get a picture of a Major League Baseball team pulling out a win in extra innings when they're down by three, or an NFL team returning to the field after halftime with a score of 21-0 and coming all the way back to victory. Resiliency is being able to change your thinking in order to believe in a positive outcome. In team sports, it's not just one individual's thinking, it's the combined effort of the team.
There is another team for which resiliency is even more critical - the emergency response team (ERT). How does the ERT - which is made up of individuals whose main responsibilities on any given day run the gamut of guest relations, game day communications, premium seating concierge or parking attendant – utilize these team members most effectively during an emergency response and remain resilient?
Staff Training, Peer Awareness Benefit Trauma-Afflicted Students
Safe Schools Magazine
The impact of trauma negatively affects student attendance, learning, and achievement. By educating staff on child trauma, warning signs, and proper response, you can create support structures for students impacted by trauma.
Remember to Take Care of Those Who Take Care of Us in a Crisis
Modern Healthcare Magazine
Modern Healthcare's recent cover story “The other victims of gun violence” calls attention to the important fact that, in the wake of disaster, trauma workers often need support and counseling just as much as the patients they treat. It's refreshing to read that, according to Dr. Leslie Zun, chair of emergency medicine at Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital, the culture is changing and it's no longer considered a sign of weakness to reach out for help.
Read Your Team’s Nonverbal Communication Cues
Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) Blog
In the hustle and bustle of getting more done with less, we often tend to concentrate on tasks rather than the individuals doing those tasks. Many companies have a core value of treating people with respect, but this can fall short with the “What have you done for me lately?” mentality that often occurs when meeting goals and objectives, especially on a lean budget. What can we do to change this?
Guarding Against Cyberthreats
For any meeting planner or attendee who watches the evening news or reads a major newspaper, it’s well known that cybersecurity breaches have become a regular occurrence, often carrying with them severe consequences. So it’s surprising, experts say, that planners and attendees do not fully comprehend the unique vulnerabilities they face at an offsite event. And given the constantly rising level of the threat, the experts say, they become more aware and better prepared.
Keeping a Crisis-Centric Mindset Throughout the Year
Disaster Recovery Journal
Maintenance is important. The office copy machine is serviced after a predetermined number of copies, and when your color printer signals a service code, you put in a call for service. But what about your emergency response plan? How long has it been since you last conducted a mock disaster exercise using your emergency plan as your guide?
Providing Psychological First Aid Following a Disaster
Occupational Health & Safety
Companies with emergency response plans know the importance of having that plan in the event of an emergency, but how resilient will your employees be in the aftermath of a disaster? Does your plan include offering psychological first aid (PFA) to support your employees? PFA doesn't rely on skills of a professional mental health provider, but rather, engages the skills that most of us already have.
How Mindfulness and Situational Awareness Training Help Workers
Mindfulness and situational awareness may seem like industry buzzwords, but they’re words to which a benefits planner should start paying attention. These concepts can be understood in two key ways for workforces of all sizes. Benefits such as mindfulness training can result in happier, mentally healthier employees, while situational awareness training can help employees identify risks to safety and the work environment.
Recovering From a Disaster
Disaster Recovery Journal
The impact of a crisis or disaster can shake your workforce. Even if your organization has prepared ahead of time, a real-life experience can be traumatic and life-altering. The stress can take a significant toll on employee morale, health, and productivity. It is vital to include a blueprint on how to recover in your disaster plan in order for your organization to return to regular operations.