Data security: Non-optional in today’s corporate world

The uncertainty of the cyber threat environment can push companies to the limit – but that’s no excuse for lax protection.

Cyber security is a vital consideration today.

Cyber security is a vital consideration today.

Protecting data is one of the most important practices companies engage in today, which is pretty remarkable for a discipline with just a few decades of history behind it. Companies that ignore cyber security do so at their own peril, as a data loss event could have catastrophic repercussions.

Organizations of all types and sizes have to face the many challenges presented by today’s advanced IT systems, wealth of data and abundance of cyber-criminals. Information has value no matter where it comes from, and hackers may victimize any kind of firm at any time. Businesses that don’t have solid plans to maximize data protection may end up in serious trouble if and when they are targeted for data theft. Continue reading

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Promote a culture of safety in the workplace

Implementing safety programs, whether mandated or aspiration-based, can be a difference-maker for organizations today. Employees at all levels must be on board with these changes.

Making health and safety part of company culture can help organizations thrive long-term.

Making health and safety part of company culture can help organizations thrive long-term.

Some workplaces are naturally more dangerous than others – all have their risks. Since there is no surefire way to take all the danger out of a business environment, the next best thing is the promotion of safety as a central part of company culture. If organizations consider the physical and mental health of employees to be a major priority, the positive effects can spread to the whole company.

These values don’t appear spontaneously. Influential employees in leadership and HR teams need to spearhead the issues, and every employee should be aware of the measures being implemented. No matter where you fit into the organizational framework, you likely have some role to play in making the workplace safer, whether that means drafting policies or simply carrying them out effectively. Continue reading

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New employee orientation: A critical part of management

Learning to bring new workers into your organization can have long-term benefits for all parties involved.

How do you welcome new employees to the team?

How do you welcome new employees to the team?

When it comes to bringing new employees onto a team, an abrupt or under-managed approach may end up leaving recent hires with plenty of questions and few answers. These fresh prospects are here to help your company succeed, but they can get off to a poor start synchronizing their goals with yours if they don’t take on the initiative with strong onboarding and orientation classes.

To make this important type of training go smoothly, the solution may be more training! If you take the time to learn the best practices associated with orientation and onboarding, you could improve interactions between new employees and the company in general. If you’re hoping to turn fresh recruits into long-term contributors, orientation is an important area to focus on. Starting out on the right foot, with enough information and a strong feeling of connection, could set a team member up for success. Continue reading

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Customer service and sales are converging

When functions such as customer service and sales are out of sync, it’s hard to impress consumers or create lasting client relationships.

Employees across departments should be comfortable pooling their efforts.

Employees across departments should be comfortable pooling their efforts.

Companies that exist with every function in a distinct silo are at a disadvantage today. If the sales and customer service teams are out of sync, for example, an organization may end up delivering a disjointed experience leaving consumers dissatisfied. Forging better internal connections may be a company’s best hope of representing themselves effectively to their audience.

The problem with isolated departments is quite simple: Businesses seem monolithic from the outside. When customers speak to companies through any of the numerous channels available to them today, they expect to have an experience consistent with all of their other interactions. When organizations have poor communication or consistency internally, they could fail to live up to expectations. Maintaining client happiness is an ongoing process that is easier to handle when teamwork extends between departments, instead of just thriving within them. Continue reading

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OSHA training: Stay current in the face of updates

Not only are OSHA regulations important to comply with, but also they’re always evolving. It’s up to you to keep up.

New OSHA rules are rolling out all the time - here are some examples.

New OSHA rules are rolling out all the time – here are some examples.

Keeping employees up on the latest safety procedures as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a clear priority at a workplace of any kind, but there are complications. The exact practices organizations have to follow must be defined by each company’s industry and role, however, policies change every few years, which calls for constant awareness.

Across industries, policies are always up for revisions to suit modern workplaces. When you’re preparing your OSHA training programs for employees at all levels, it’s essential to ensure the concepts you teach are based on the latest legal and regulatory changes. Continue reading

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