Tag: HR

Protecting Data from Departing Employees

Countless formal and informal studies show that most employees retain at least some company data when they leave a job. The reasons vary from the benign (like when an employee inadvertently keeps a work flash drive) to the more malicious (in the case of an employee’s deliberate theft of company trade secrets for use at […]

How to Use Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations for Workplace Violence Threats

HR and security practitioners must fully understand the differences between a threat assessment, an employee assistance program (EAP) referral, an intervention by a psychologist, and a Fitness for Duty (FFD) evaluation, usually done by a psychiatrist. There are significant legal differences, and the approaches and outcomes can lead to different responses while trying to manage […]

Improving Your Workplace Violence Policy

Company HR and security professionals began to focus on workplace violence prevention using policies and training as far back as the early ’90s, when the issue was often described as something that happened either rarely, only at the U.S. Postal Service, or both. Early policies included language that prohibited weapons in the workplace and at […]

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The Value of New-Employee Security Orientations

The orientation process for new employees can be like drinking from a fire hose, with a lot of information—and not all of it completely relevant for them—in a short period. The Security department may play a large or small role in this discussion, and it’s critical that the presenters provide consistent, useful information that the […]

Office employee being sexually harassed by her boss

Dealing with Workplace Harassment, 3 Mistakes to Avoid

Workplace harassment is a pervasive issue that too often gets overlooked or simply dismissed by those with the authority to address issues before they escalate. Maybe employees on the receiving end of a workplace bully don’t feel comfortable reporting the incidents, or perhaps they don’t know what resources are available to them. Who should they […]

Social Engineering Means Cybersecurity Depends on Human Resources

Some believe that our increasing reliance on technology has lessened the importance of humans in today’s workplace, but just the opposite is true. Although technology can help us work more efficiently, humans remain the central motor that drives all endeavors forward. This means human resources (HR) must play a role in cybersecurity.

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Are All of Your Employees Trained in Workplace Security?

It’s all too easy for many employees to consider workplace security as someone else’s job. They often assume the responsibility lies with management, security staff, surveillance cameras, the IT department, or the police. That can be true to an extent, but for security to really be effective, everyone at the company must be involved.