Suicide touches everyone. About every 15 minutes someone dies by suicide, and about every minute someone attempts suicide. This is an issue that is especially prevalent among working-age adults. Not only can the suicide of an employee disrupt business as usual, it can deeply impact coworkers and their mental state following the incident.
The landscape of the workplace is changing and not necessarily for the better when it comes to violence. Professionals in every industry have growing concerns for the safety of their employees and are looking for ways to prepare for and respond to a workplace violence incident. Your business’ biggest asset is your people and having a plan to keep them safe should be an intricate part of your business continuity plan.
As a huge Star Wars fan, I can’t wait to see The Force Awakens. In anticipation of the big event, I re-watched the three first Star Wars films from 30+ years ago. In the first film, A New Hope, the Galactic Empire built the Death Star to rule the galaxy. The size of a small planet, it was impenetrable. It could move, it could blow up planets, and it had a protective force field. The defining moment in the movie was when Luke Skywalker, piloting a small X-wing fighter, blew up the entire Death Star with one shot. If Darth Vader and the Imperial Army had performed the following business continuity steps, the Death Star would still be ruling the galaxy. Likewise, if you follow these steps, you can protect your company from any business disruption.
In the business continuity profession, there are seemingly dozens of acronyms used to describe a multitude of intricacies within the industry: BIA, IMP, EAP, CMT, ICS—you get the idea. For many charged with the added responsibility of managing risks at their organization, it is easy to interchange a few of these terms. Two of the more common ones confused for each other are disaster recovery plans (DRPs) and business continuity plans (BCPs). Here, we’ve explained the difference between the two and why you need both. DRP vs. BCP: What’s the Difference?
Part of what I love about my job is visiting with customers of all sizes and a variety of industries around the world and seeing firsthand the different ways they approach business continuity and cybersecurity. Just as no two companies are alike, no two programs are exactly alike. A company’s mission, culture and leadership philosophies […]
September is widely recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM). As such, there are several ways you can participate to ensure you, your family, and your business are prepared for all threats. Outside of the programs associated with NPM, one growing platform is the 30 Days, 30 Ways Challenge. Here are a few ways your organization can get involved with these efforts and become more prepared for an emergency.
It’s that time of year again, where students trade in their late mornings and long summer days for bus rides and homework. The excitement surrounding the first few days of school is almost palpable, as students grow accustomed to their new routines, meet new people, and learn new things; yet, there’s one thing most people—parents especially—do not look forward to: the “back-to-school plague.” According to the CDC, children in elementary school on average get eight to twelve colds or cases of the flu each year, while older children get about half that. In addition to colds and the flu, other common illnesses that circulate schools include norovirus (stomach flu), pink eye, and strep throat. Although it is important to keep a sick child out of school until he or she fully recovers from these and other highly contagious diseases, some may feel their work environment makes that difficult.
A recent gas explosion in New York City’s East Village neighborhood caused three apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames and one other to catch fire. The traumatic event killed two people and left many others with severe injuries.
Spring is a time of change, and that includes the weather. Colder weather is on its way out as warmer weather starts to move in, creating the perfect recipe for severe weather. Severe weather is unpredictable and can hit at any time, so it is crucial to plan ahead. The following list highlights three common spring severe weather events and what you can do to be ready for them.
Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst has been arrested in connection with the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman. Durst’s life has constantly been clouded in controversy and this arrest is just the most recent incident.