Office Creepers have been in the news recently (and we’re not talking about the creepy guy who works on the 2nd floor). An Office Creeper is an individual who enters your building dressed as a typical employee or visitor but intendeds to steal or rob individuals at your workplace.
Companies in office environments may have a tougher time recognizing when they are in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) rules. Employers are legally obligated to provide a safe workplace for their employees. Any employee can report an instance of potentially unsafe working conditions to OSHA. For businesses in industries such as manufacturing, medical, food service, or retail, OSHA’s standards should already be in place to prevent hazardous working conditions.
There is a difference between the creepy guy who works in your office and the burglar who nabs company equipment. The “Office Creeper” is an individual who enters a building disguised as a fellow office worker or a stranger posing as a repair, delivery, cleaning or other service personnel.
The ideal crisis manager exhibits three distinct traits, according to Justin Menkes’ book Better Under Pressure. These traits allow the manager to be aware of the circumstances of a crisis and to remain calm under pressure, bringing people together and improving things quickly.
As temperatures drop and daylight hours dwindle, your thoughts may be turning to the approaching holiday season…or they could equally be occupied with thinking about budgeting for next year. If you are drawing up your department’s budget for 2011 and wondering how best to make a business case for including emergency response and disaster preparedness in your organization’s plans, here are seven solid data points to help you make your case. (Download the pdf version here, which includes the source of each piece of data.)