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10 Aug. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Dealing with Potentially Unstable Employees

Change is an inextricable component of professional life. The transitional process can be very challenging and stressful, especially when employees resist and/or fear the change. In particular, informing an employee about a poor performance evaluation, postponed promotion or, worst of all, termination of employment is no easy task for a manager. However, notifying an unstable employee of job termination can also be potentially dangerous for managers and other employees if a safe and well-planned process is not set in place.

27 Jul. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Workplace Violence Prevention

In the aftermath of horrific events such as the mass shooting in Colorado, questions and concerns naturally arise among managers and employees about the possibility of such catastrophes within our own workplaces. In addition, many of the questions we ask focus on are whether the event could have been prevented, and whether we can prevent such incidents in the future. Although statistics on workplace violence make it clear that the likelihood of a violent incident occurring in a particular workplace is very small, it is necessary to remain observant of potential warning signs of violent acts that may occur among co-workers and employees.

19 Jul. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Self-Care for Crisis Responders

While responding to a crisis it is normal for individuals to experience secondary trauma, a condition that is a result of being exposed to the stress of others who are more directly involved in a crisis. Emotional distress as a result of working to support those impacted by trauma may not be as easy to detect as a physical injury but it can be just as debilitating and painful. Although anyone can be adversely affected by exposure to a traumatic event, crisis responders are particularly vulnerable to the development of stress reactions as they are exposed vicariously to traumatic events while assisting survivors.

13 Jul. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

Facebook App Lets Users Track Friends in Disasters

A new app has been launched by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allows users to track the status of friends on Facebook. Project: Lifeline is a Facebook application that allows you to identify “lifelines” from within your friends list. These are friends that you can count on to provide assistance to you in a disaster and to provide updates on your behalf if you are unable to do so.

22 Jun. 2012 Posted by ameulendyke

There’s an App for That: Smartphone Applications Now Teaching Emergency Preparedness

Thanks to technological advancements such as smart phones and tablets, we are now allowed nearly effortless access to information and news at any given time or place. This technology has sparked an interest among many in how these devices can be used for more than just social entertainment. In particular, the American Red Cross has invested time in researching how social media and smartphone technology can assist with disaster recovery and emergency preparedness. The results of their research indicate: