Your 50lb job description causes serious risk. But not how you think.

The importance of job descriptions is uncontestable.  They are important.  Very important.  They help agencies hire and fire, give employees a sense of direction, and let prospective hires know what they are in store for.  They also have a dark side.  Let’s shine a light on this dirty little secret. Last week I was in Read more about Your 50lb job description causes serious risk. But not how you think.[…]

Hypocrisy in Risk, Conflicts of Interest and 2nd Jobs

The recent plethora of stories involving conflicts of interest abound in our government structure.  It seems that no matter how much money someone earns, the status of their position (FBI for example) or the public office they serve, the drive for individuality and heroism pull them out of their moral and ethical center.  The Mueller Read more about Hypocrisy in Risk, Conflicts of Interest and 2nd Jobs[…]

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Screw “See Something, Say Something” policies

This is a bit of a rant. After reading another highly rated risk management blog, I have hit my limit of sheepish recommendations on how to solve sexual harassment in the workplace. “See something, say something” (4s) is another one of those B.S. FEEL-GOOD organizational, look-at-how-great-we-are recommendations that leave everyone abused and harassed. In sexual Read more about Screw “See Something, Say Something” policies[…]

Should you offer pot at office parties? A different look at marijuana.

Prop 64 is all the talk these days and for good reason, marijuana users carry with them a certain stereotype that, well Spicoli, makes it hard to take them seriously.   While most risk managers are busy tackling the issue of coming to work high and using it in the office, a simple issue akin to Read more about Should you offer pot at office parties? A different look at marijuana.[…]

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The one thing you need to engage in the interactive process

One thing is for sure, the interactive process is a bear that everyone hates to wrestle.  Without the right tools that bear will beat you every time.   And while you don’t need a truck load of tools to deal with the bear, you certainly must have one single multi-purpose tool and that tool is…. The Read more about The one thing you need to engage in the interactive process[…]

The one-page document that can cost or save you millions – do you know what it is?

In every organization there exists a one-page document that holds unimaginable power.  It holds the power to grow amazing results or unleash total destruction upon the organization.   The Mayan civilization understood that nothing is good and nothing is evil.  They also understood that with ultimate power came ultimate responsibility and learning how to harness that Read more about The one-page document that can cost or save you millions – do you know what it is?[…]

Will your staff’s vacation plans cost you millions in a wrongful term case?

Have you noticed that a lot more of your staff are planning vacations to Colorado and Washington this year?  Well, don’t be surprised.  On November 6th, 2012, these two states became very attractive vacation destinations for one simple reason –   there’s a big cloud forming over these two states and it smells strangely like marijuana. Read more about Will your staff’s vacation plans cost you millions in a wrongful term case?[…]

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