In 1995, the Workplace Violence Research Institute found that: “Every workday, an estimated 16,400 threats are made, 723 workers are attacked, and 43,800 are harassed.”
That’s a lot of violence. Most of it isn’t dramatic cable-news-coverage stuff, but none of it makes for a better workplace. When violence is part of the working environment, productivity and […]
The Arizona Republic has a great article titled Facing the issue of employee theft. The paper zeros in on the need for small businesses to be aware that it’s not just the Wal-Marts of the world who suffer from fraud losses. Here’s a quote:
The 2006 report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners showed that […]
You would think that as a self-proclaimed “Nation of Immigrants” we would have figured out an immigration policy by now. That’s not the case.
In the last few weeks, immigration bills dripping with amendments have seemed certain of passage. Then they were “killed.” Then, like creatures in those old horror movies, they’ve come back.
If you’re […]
Last week the House passed legislation designed to shore up the gaps in the instant background check system that allowed Seung-Hui Cho to purchase the guns he used to kill 32 people at Virginia Tech. From the Associated Press:
The measure would require states to automate their lists of convicted criminals and the mentally ill […]
President Ronald Reagan described his policy on dealing with the Soviet Union on arms treaties this way: “Trust, but verify.” That’s not a bad position to take when you’re considering hiring someone to provide elder care for your parents.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the largest senior advocacy organization in the United States, has […]
American Surveyor just published an article titled Surveying Equipment Theft. The author, Bryan Baker, discusses theft by outsiders, but he points out that: “It is a sad fact that some equipment is stolen by company employees.”
That’s not just true for surveyors. It’s true for you, too. Here are four reasons why untrustworthy employees are especially […]
There’s an interesting discussion going on at the EvilHR Lady Blog about “Red Flags” and hiring. It got me thinking about some basic things you should do when you receive an employment application that looks good enough for you to consider the person.
A “red flag” is any indicator that you may want to find […]
One of the worst things that can happen to a landlord is to have the police find a drug lab on the landlord’s property. That happens a lot. According to statistics published by the state of Washington, half of all residential drug labs are found on rental property. If that happens to you, the […]
In the May 2007 issue of Dental Economics, there’s an excellent article titled: “Hiring a great team.” In that article, the authors say the following.
“No management function is more critical than the ability to hire qualified and competent people. Dental schools tend not to provide any help in this area. As a result, this all-important […]
If you read the Chicago Tribune, you may have caught the article on “Staying festive but secure” about the security measures the bid committee is planning if Chicago is awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
One particular line caught my eye. It’s a quote from Doug Arnot, director of venues/operations for the bid committee. He […]
How bad is it?
Hiring managers are forever complaining that the quality of candidates simply isn’t what it used to be. When it comes to the information in a criminal background check or driving record check, they just might be right.
Kroll Inc. is a private investigation firm. They also study topics such as background […]