Corporate Health – Improving the Employee Experience

(This is the fifth in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)

It wasn’t until the mid-1980’s that the idea of corporate culture, the set of shared values and beliefs within a business which represent the company vision, even became corporate terminology. Before that, the idea of a job bringing any level of enjoyment or comfort to the employee was fairly rare. But as this new way of thinking grew, companies began to realize that to obtain and retain the types of employees they wanted to embody their corporate culture, they needed to offer a better experience.

Securing Your Home During Summer Vacation

The kids are out of school, Memorial Day has passed, and summer has arrived! If you’re taking a trip this season, odds are you’ve done some planning for the destination, the accommodations, the activities, and the packing list. But one thing you should also plan for is securing your home while you are away. Home burglaries are at their peak during summer months, as criminals take advantage of the rise in empty homes.

Because you want your home to still look occupied while you’re gone, the obvious best plan is to have a friend or relative stay there. But if that isn’t possible, you can still give it a lived-in feel:

What’s Under the Hood of Your Alarm Automation System?

by Rod Coles, President/CEO

I remember buying my first car: it was a 1967 Austin Maxi; I paid £100 for it. Before I paid out my money, I looked it up and down and then I looked under the hood. To me, it looked like a mechanical mess, but my Dad explained what all the various parts were, and what was good and not so good about the engine. Since that time, I have purchased a few more modern cars, and the engines have become more advanced, but each time I have looked under the hood checking the basics, like the first time.

Training Spotlight – “That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It”

by guest blogger Caryn Morgan, Bold Technologies

Why is it that when I ask people why they do things the way they do it I often get the response, “that’s the way we’ve always done it?”

As a trainer for over 30 years, I get this answer nearly everywhere I go. Working in the alarm industry for pushing two decades, alarm operators often find themselves having to defend the work they do when angry customers call in complaining they made mistakes. This phrase is the quickest way to shift blame away from themselves and onto the company. That and “I was never trained.”

Strategies for Smart Password Security

So much of our life is now conducted online: online banking, online shopping, online socializing, etc. The internet has helped streamline the way we manage our personal business, but it has also presented new opportunities for hackers and cyber-criminals to gain access to our personal data. As their techniques become more refined, the need for smart password security to guard information becomes critical.

Corporate Health – The Powerful ROI from Employee Incentives

(This is the fourth in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)

Have you built the ideal staff for your business? Maybe you’ve fine-tuned your interview processes, done your due diligence on candidates, and hired a genuinely terrific group of talent. You’ve invested time and money into training them and giving them the tools to succeed as employees and you are very pleased with the results. Now, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to ensure this investment, and find a way to keep all these talented people on a long-term basis?

Spring Cleaning For a Safer House

The days are getting warmer, and more people are heading outside to enjoy sunshine and short sleeves. For many, the warmer weather also means spring cleaning –  deep cleaning the house from top to bottom. But while you’re scrubbing the corners, you can also help your house stay as safe as possible with these spring cleaning tips!

Alternative Uses for Surveillance Cameras

giraffe camAfter a long, anticipated wait, April, the pregnant giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in New York, finally gave birth to her calf this past weekend. The birth was a highly anticipated event, since millions of people had been monitoring April via live stream for well over a month. The event also demonstrated a use for surveillance cameras not centered on security: giving observers an inconspicuous view of the animal world. In fact, multiple zoos and wildlife refuges now use cameras to observe the behavior and actions of their animals to provide better care. But residential consumers and other industries are also finding new and alternative uses for surveillance cameras outside basic security:

Corporate Health – The Importance of Work-Life Balance

(This is the third in a monthly series about Corporate Health, where we examine different methods and ideas for improving efficiency, your company culture, and employee morale.)

How many hours will you work this week? If you answered, “the standard 40,” you are in the minority. The emphasis working professionals place on their jobs could be considered chronic. According to a recent Forbes article, 94% of employees put in over 50 hours in a workweek, and more than half of employees clock in over 65 hours! The reasons vary: they believe working the extra hours reflects well on them as an employee, they are concerned about layoffs and want to appear more valuable and loyal, or, quite often, they are simply overburdened with more work than can be completed in a standard, 40-hour workweek.