Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Taking care of staff by offering safety officer training


By guest author Leon Claflin

The governments of most nations make it compulsory for companies and associations to carry out health and security training programs for their staffs. Undergoing such courses makes it potential for businessmen, authorities, or their staff to execute safe methods in workplaces and respond without delay and efficiently if an industrial accident or health risk comes about. The training not only assists while industrial hazards or issues like fire or earthquakes occur but also helps in sustaining practices that would make certain about the security in any work place or somewhere else.

A wide range of courses on health and protection in industry
The instructions given in the safety officer training program vary from one course to another. The fundamental courses provide training on necessary safety and health related practices and also how to pursue them. Some other courses offer management on areas for example health and security legislation, first aid, safety in food, manual handling and so on, which would extend over all sections of work. There is also fire training, which generally involves the response to fire alarms, by means of fire extinguishers or other ways of putting out the fire.

First aid courses are also included in safety officer training and these are intended to recognize and provide primary treatment for the sudden sickness or injuries so that the patient can remain stable till medical staff arrives on the spot. It would also comprise the task of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation on the individuals. Some other courses consist of evacuation in emergency, hazard communication, control of hazardous ravage, laboratory protection, electrical security, tool related security and bio safety and so on. Basing up on your profession and requirements you may apply for these courses, although basic safety training related to industry would be obligatory for all of the workers.

Find the trainer in the internet
You could discover a lot of health and safety based training courses in the internet. The applicability of all of these training programs would rely on your own necessity as well as on what knowledge you already have. For instance some of the centers present courses like alarm response, office orientation, refresher courses and so on through online. All these would consist of learning materials that do not need practical training. A few of these trainings can need prior training. Thus, the necessities differ from one course to the other.

However, irrespective of which corporation you prefer, it is essential that they are proficient to give professional safety teaching, which is suited particularly to the requirements of your industry. A good firm should even be able to supply the whole thing from a commercial safety program to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration related assessment.

Author’s bio
The Author wrote this article as he has a great experience about safety officer training. From his practical knowledge on the relevant issue, he has given all the comprehensive information in the article in order that the businessmen can realize the importance of undergoing such training programs.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Online Harassment: Statistics and Types


Contributing author Mike Miranda

Commonly known as ‘cyber bullying,’ online harassment has increased due to social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where users have unlimited connections to the greater global world. Therefore, it is no surprise that people who use the Internet can unknowingly become victims or contribute to online harassment. Thus, cyber bullying has skyrocketed internationally and globally.

The largest study done on online harassment by the Pew Internet Research Center (PIRC), found that 73% of people polled saw harassment online and 40% admitted that they were victims of online harassment. This is a relatively high statistic and those who witnessed the harassment of others online confessed that harassment existed in many forms: 60% reported offensive name calling, 53% reported they saw intentional embarrassment, 25% reported physical threats against others, 19% reported sexual harassment, and 19% reported seeing long term periods of cyber stalking/harassment (PIRC). 

More statistics from the study also found that people who were victimized by online harassment reported different types of harassment as well: 27% reported name-calling, 22% reported intentional embarrassment, 8% reported physical threats, 8% reported being stalked, and 6% reported sexual harassment (PIRC).

These statistics show that online harassment can be split into two overlapping categories: name-calling /embarrassment (less severe) and being a target of threats/sustained harassment/stalking/and sexual harassment (more severe). The key finding in the study revealed that women are more likely to experience more severe forms of harassment and men were more likely to experience less severe forms. In comparison, both forms of sexual harassment are just as damaging and online harassment varies when it comes to the sex of the victim involved.

Social media has brought a boom in Internet users, thus creating a place for online harassment to thrive and easily be committed. These statistics are telling and reveal that online harassment is a serious issue that must be taken into consideration when it comes to acceptable and inappropriate use of workplace technology. This also means that people must be more aware of the types and statistics of the harassment that takes place in the very public sector of the Internet. But in order to do so, people must be educated in the risks of entering into transactions that take place when they decide to sign online.


Mike Miranda is a writer and blogger for Clear Law Institute. He specializes in employment law and workplace rights articles.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Your Comprehensive Guide to Google

By guest contributor Megan Ritter

When it comes to social media, it can be easy to fall into the habit of focusing too heavily on the most popular websites. 

While it makes sense to be where the people are, it’s also important to pay attention to where the people are going and what that means.

As it is, there are several demographics that do not conform to expectations. Although it is undeniable that Facebook and Twitter are two of the most popular social networks in the world, websites such as Snapchat and Instagram are starting to gain a lot of ground among younger users, while LinkedIn appeals to an older user base.

In addition to demographics such as these, it’s important to pay attention to trends in social media that inform us of where the media format is headed. Believe it or not, Google Plus might just be one of the most important networks to watch. Even though the network was quickly written off as an unnecessary addition to the crowd, Google has stated that there are now over 540 million monthly active users, making it one of the most popular social networks in the world.

These numbers are definitely intriguing, but that isn’t the only reason to keep an eye on Google+.

Google Plus is Putting the Search in Social

Google made a name for themselves with one of the most successful and useful search engines on the internet, so it makes sense that they would make that search engine a part of their plan for social media.

Google+ offers a little feature known as social search, which allows for users of the network to see results that have been recommended by other users in their circle. In other words, social search can make it easier to get your content seen on Google by the people who are most likely to enjoy it, especially if you invest the time and energy necessary to build a strong and healthy community on the social network.

Currently, social search is only an option, but it’s possible that this feature could become the status quo in the near future. If we look at the changes that the company has made to their search engine, they have all been focused on providing better, more valuable content to users. What better way to give users stronger search results than by allowing members of their social circle to help them find better content? Social search is entirely in line with Google’s modus operandi, so it would not be surprising to see them make it a big part of their future endeavors.

Google Plus is the Future of B2B Marketing

In addition to their social search function (entitled Plus Your World), Google+ also offers Authorship opportunities which can improve your status in the social media world. After all, if you are listed as the author of an excellent piece of content that everyone in your social circle enjoys, chances are that you’ll quickly become accepted as an authority in your field.

The trick is to produce great content that people in your industry will enjoy, which is exactly the kind of thing that Google wants to show up in their search results.

Think about it: If you had the world’s most popular search engine, would you want a bunch of useless results to show up, or would you rather that people found what they were looking for?

With the help of Google Plus, getting noticed and become a strong member of any B2B community is easier than ever. Share, post, and comment on valuable content, and your star will rise on Google’s social network. When people in your field start to recognize you and your business as trustworthy and reliable, it will only be a matter of time before they start coming to you for their needs.

Take Control of Your Targeted Marketing

Social media is all about building strong relationships and becoming a part of a community. In B2B marketing, it’s important to remember that your efforts will only be as effective and powerful as those who see them. The last thing you want to do is focus on a wide and varied audience simply because it is larger. Instead, focus your attention where it will be most effective and strengthen your social media presence among groups that will truly appreciate your message.

Google Plus is a great social network because it allows you to take control of who you target.

Although Facebook and Twitter now offer powerful and effective targeted ads, Google+ not only
offers those same types of ads, but it also allows users to do the targeting themselves by becoming members of hyper focused circles. The other top social networks might provide a few opportunities to create communities, but none of those opportunities are quite as useful as those you’ll find on Google Plus.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

How do you find your important corporate email?

I've heard numerous reports about companies spending large sums on staff salaries searching through thousands of email messages to prove or disprove something in court cases. 

Once, business relied on physical filing systems and could generally locate an important memo, report or letter provided it was filed correctly.

Now that everyone has access to email, not only has traffic increased, but it's now harder to find something important when it needs to be found.

Not only is it essential to have a well structured filing regime on one's server drives and regular backups, it's essential to be able to find email when needed.

Let's go back to the 60s and I'll tell you about a system that worked then and will work now.

I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at 18 and was originally an equipment clerk working in a major warehouse/distribution centre. Some of the procedures and practices impressed me greatly. The RAAF had supply systems that worked like a Swiss watch and could have an aircraft component for a broken aircraft despatched by air within half an hour, sometimes less.

Another system that impressed me was the list of standard subject headings for every piece of correspondence. If something written was about Personnel, you'd simply look up an alphabetic list and choose the most relevant Personnel subject heading. Once a heading had been allocated, it remained for the duration of the communication.

Correspondence was easy to find when we wanted it.

Turn the clock forward 50 years and the same system could be used with email in corporations. Now we use keywords and keyword phrases for almost everything, so using keywords in email should be an extension of that. Here's an example:

Halle works in the Finance Department of a large organisation and sends a monthly report of expenditure to all department heads. The subject line of her monthly email always reads "BUDGET - Monthly Report for MONTH".

When anyone replies to her or discusses anything to do with the report, it MUST have a subject line commencing with "BUDGET - Monthly Report for MONTH".

Now, when someone wants to find an email on the corporate server, they can sort by sender, recipient, date, department and BUDGET. The probability of find the email they want quickly is increased tremendously.

What do you think? What type system does your organisation have for storing and finding email? Comment below and let us know.

Robin

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Are Affirmative Action Plans Fair?

As I read yet another blurb from a government agency about how it is going to get "indigenous Australians into jobs" by implementing what are racist policies for selection, my eyes rolled back in their sockets and I sighed, "ho hum".

Here we go again. I've been involved with these policies for at least three decades ... 30 years, and as a human resources specialist with years of experience in recruitment and selection, I've never seen one that works.

An affirmative action plan is really saying to those whom it favours that they aren't qualified or experienced enough to get a job if they have to compete with others, but we'll give you one anyway. We'll just have to hope that you learn something after you get in the job.

These type policies, apart from being racist (but excused under Australian law ... which is another issue), don't do the job winner any good and neither do they help the morale of other, better qualified candidates.

I've seen a handful of so-called indigenous Australian managers placed in jobs for which they had no chance of success. One person, who was a grader driver one year and a few years later a senior manager, couldn't write a properly worded letter. All his non-indigenous staff had to carry him despite the fact that he earned much more salary than anyone else in the office.

Everyone knew he wasn't up to the job and considered him a fool.

It can't have been good for him knowing that he was struggling and out of depth.

Where I live, there are dozens of organisations all falling over backwards to employ indigenous staff, but the truth is, there aren't sufficient job-ready people to go round, so a small, select group of people who are above average (for their race) move from one agency to another every 18 months or so as they perceive a better salary or opportunity. Most are "white" Aborigines who have indigenous ancestry but who are still allowed all the monetary and other benefits of the so-called disadvantaged.

Meanwhile, most Aboriginal people speak languages other than English and few speak really good English. Most have not been acculturated into good employment practices like turning up on time or even turning up, hygiene etc and are unsuited for work in the modern Australian society. Most are very poorly educated and if they were to apply for jobs, wouldn't get past first post.

Rather than pretending that an affirmative action program will improve their lives, government agencies would be better off case managing individuals through school, perhaps some form of post school training, and then let them compete when they were ready.

Giving people jobs because they are indigenous or part-indigenous is a recipe for failure and an affront to the dignity of other qualified applicants whose applications will be rejected on racist grounds..

There should be no room for racist government legislation, policies or practices in an increasingly diverse Australian society. What do you think?

Robin




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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