From the monthly archives: June 2014

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6/24/2014 10:00 PM

6 Helpful Tips for Preventing Theft & Fraud in the Workplace

Sharing confidential company information, stealing equipment and manipulating data are all serious offenses in the workplace. Employee fraud and theft rates have increased in the past decade. These crimes now equal an average of five percent of a company's annual revenue. The following tips help prevent fraud and theft in the workplace. 1. Check references thoroughly . Many employers avoid checking candidates' references. They often make the mistake of assuming that a candidate would not put a reference on the list if that contact would not give a glowing report. However, many candidates provide erroneous phone numbers for personal references. In addition to this, previous employers may reveal important information about that worker's history and tendency for fraud or theft. 2. Conduct pre-employment background checks. This is an important step for any employer to take. However, it is especially important for employers hiring people who will handle cash or have access to sensitive financial ...


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6/17/2014 6:00 PM

Disaster Recovery Checklist for Business Owners and Executives

Everyone is responsible for the disaster preparedness of their own households. Business owners and executives, however, have additional responsibilities. Not only do they have to get their house in order, but they are also responsible for hardening their own businesses to continue to operate despite a local disaster - and to facilitate the recovery of the business, for the sake of investors, customers, employees and vendors. Here are some basic tips those in executive positions can take to ensure the survival of a small business in the event of a disaster. Create a written disaster preparation and recovery plan. This document should be in hard copy in your office, and emailed to new workers, so that they can access the plan even if your offices don't exist. Inventory on-site first-aid kits and other emergency supplies. Secure data offsite. What will happen if your servers are destroyed in a flood or fire at your office? If your business would be d ...


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6/11/2014 4:00 AM

How to Prepare the Construction Site for Severe Storms

Every construction site needs a storm preparedness plan to ensure a safe environment during hazardous weather. It is important to take the necessary time to develop a good plan several months before the storm season begins. Contractors and builders lose millions every year during storm season because of a lack of preparedness. A plan can be executed in just a couple of hours, and the investment is very small. When comparing the invested amount to the possible losses, it is easier for any contractor to get started with making a plan. The following checklist should be completed far before the start of the storm season. Storm Preparedness Checklist 1. Clean the construction site daily. 2. Take photos of the site daily to record project progress before a storm might hit. 3. Order crew leaders to complete current jobs before starting new ones. 4. Complete regular maintenance for electrical and mechanical equipment. 5. Maintain an adequate number of sandbags or water detention devices. 6. Secure all staging ...


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6/4/2014 2:00 AM

Understanding the Process & Benefits of Deconstruction

The process of deconstruction involves structural and architectural components of a building being salvaged or removed before demolition. Remodeling and demolition projects produce more than 50 million tons of debris, which normally ends up in landfills. By hiring special contractors to assist in assessing what materials can be salvaged, the process is optimized. Plumbing, lumber, cabinets, some fixtures, concrete and a wide variety of other materials can be salvaged. After being saved, these materials can then be donated to charity or reused for future projects. In addition to this, it may be possible to gain LEED points or tax credits for some materials. Basics Of Deconstruction It is important to identify any permit issues and potential hazards. The main concept abbreviation to remember for the actual task of deconstruction is this: LOFO. It means last on is first off, which indicates the last piece of material placed during the construction process should be the first object to be taken out. When the de ...


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