Spontaneous Combustion: A Signal for Better Preparation

Ted Uczen, FEI President and CEO

As much as we prepare for crises, we inevitably encounter unexpected situations. FEI President and CEO Ted Uczen relates his daughter’s recent experience with a problematic load of laundry to illustrate the importance of having and understanding a crisis plan—and why exercising such plans helps businesses adapt to the unexpected.

Prepping Your Stress-Free Holiday Agenda

Jackie McGee, Work-Life Specialist

Whether securing time off from work or scheduling flights for a family of five, planning for the holidays can be stressful. Get ahead of the end-of-year anxiety by prepping for those necessary to-dos. Still feeling overwhelmed? Contact your company’s EAP or Work-Life benefit for additional support options.

FEI to Present MRA Webinar

Join FEI Senior Account Manager Randy Kratz as he presents a webinar on alcohol and drug education for The Management Association on December 10. Kratz will discuss elements necessary to supporting a drug-free workplace, supervisors’ roles in addressing workplace substance use, symptoms for reasonable-suspicion testing and more.

FEI Provides SHRM Viewpoint on Supporting Cultures of Dignity and Respect

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has partnered with Security Management magazine to bring relevant articles on key human resource topics and strategies including FEI Business Solutions Engineer Raquelle Solon’s viewpoint piece on supporting a company culture of dignity and respect in the #MeToo era.

Tips for Combating Employee Burnout

Sabrina Lowe, FEI Employee Assistance Representative

Burnout. It’s a familiar term used to signify when one’s career responsibilities overwhelm, leading to prolonged stress and the exhaustion of physical or emotional strength. Combating employee burnout relies on management’s ability to mitigate undue frustration by providing ample outlets for relief such as time off, mentoring or the use of an EAP benefit.

What’s on Your Mind? Mindset During Tragedy

Daniel J. Potterton, FEI Chief Operating Officer

Your mindset can help you in times of tragedy. While we often lean into feelings of unhappiness and despair after a tragic event, it is a reasonable understanding of the reality around us – and accepting the things we cannot change – that will lead to hope, purpose and resilience.

FEI on Building Hostility-Free Workplaces for Security Management Magazine

From managerial bullying to multigenerational conflict, maintaining dignity and respect in the workplace can sometimes be a challenge. In the Security Management Magazine article “Building a Hostility-Free Workplace,” FEI’s Raquelle Solon details how security managers can ensure workplaces are resilient through training, sound policy and the use of an EAP.

FEI and Mandt System Featured on VPPPA Blog

“Airport Aggression: A Real-World Mandt System Story” is featured on the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association’s November blog. FEI’s Raquelle Solon shared an example of how Mandt training and the practice of situational awareness helped her de-escalate conflict at the airport during recent travels.

Tips for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Heather Lukaszewski, Systems Administrator and Supervisor

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In the wake of big-name data breaches, including some of the most popular social media and search engine sites on the web, protecting personal information has become extremely significant.

Although maintaining vigilance in the digital age is difficult, there are simple everyday practices you can adopt that will keep your data safe, secure and out of the hands of bad actors.

Be Vulnerable

Amy Haft, FEI Senior Account Manager

Managers and supervisors often shy away from appearing vulnerable in front of their teams because vulnerability carries preconceptions of weakness or uncertainty. Yet vulnerability allows individuals to take risks in genuine ways that, when engaged, can lead to innovation, creativity and personal and professional growth.

Preparedness Planning: Reunification and Assistance

Michael Bugenhagen, FEI Business Development Manager

From a sense of privacy to adequate restroom facilities, providing space for reunification and assistance in the wake of a crisis event takes careful consideration and planning. Prepare your reunification and assistance efforts beforehand by assessing safe location criteria like size and access while also formalizing the organization’s relationship with first responders and the media.

FEI Named Finalist in 2018 BizTimes Nonprofit Excellence Awards

FEI has been selected as a finalist in the Social Enterprise category for BizTimes Media LLC’s 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The honor recognizes the creative application of the principles of social enterprise in the operation and funding of an organization, a distinction that highlights FEI’s relationship with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, Wis.