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Experts urge entrepreneurs to acquire risk management skills
BusinessDay
Following the continual demise of businesses in the small- and medium-scale category, experts have tasked entrepreneurs to acquire risk management skills to ensure that their businesses outlive them. "Our ultimate goal should be to minimize threats and maximize opportunities," said Joachim Adewusi, chief executive officer, Conrad Clark, during a recent BusinessDay-organized SME Forum held in Lagos.
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Managing employee personal crises
Supply Chain Digest
For most of us, life is full of everyday challenges. Some are able to deal with the vulgarities of life without much trouble. But for others it's not so easy. The recent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams is a shocking reminder of just how troubling and difficult life's challenges can be for some. Managers and line supervisors must be attuned to all of these "outside" influences as they can directly impact on employee performance. But a manager is not a therapist. So the question is: how much is too much when it comes to caring about your employees?
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How far is too far for work wellness programs to go?
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As companies rapidly embrace employee wellness programs, some employers say regulators are stymieing their efforts to help workers improve their health. Companies are increasingly cutting workers' health insurance premiums if they improve their scores on health screening tests for blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
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Enterprise risk management in the federal sector
Federal News Radio
This FEDtalk covers enterprise risk management in the federal sector. Guests discuss the current state of enterprise risk management in the government. Additionally, the show explores the human capital side of risk management.
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Popularity of e-cigarettes sparks issues at work
CBS MoneyWatch
The rising popularity of so-called e-cigarettes is creating a new set of challenges for some employers. E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that turn liquified nicotine and other combustibles into a vapor that the user then inhales. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has talked about cracking down on the unregulated e-cigarette industry, imposing regulations and restrictions, any rules regarding "vaping" are still in the proposal stage.
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HR's new balancing act: Changing laws on sexuality in the workplace
Crain's Detroit Business
It's one of the toughest topics that human resource managers and corporate legal teams have to face — so perhaps it's best that the federal government is forcing them to face several issues at once involving sexuality in the workplace.
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BusinessRX: They built a promising business. Now who will sell it?
The Washington Post
Vernon Grose has been running a successful consulting business for years. Grose worked as a physicist for Boeing, a rocket scientist for NASA and as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. He's widely regarded in the world of risk management for creating a different way of approaching the identification and management of risks before they happen. His methodology — which he dubbed SMART (Systems Methodology Applied to Risk Termination) — is unique in the business.
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Experts urge entrepreneurs to acquire risk management skills
BusinessDay
Following the continual demise of businesses in the small- and medium-scale category, experts have tasked entrepreneurs to acquire risk management skills to ensure that their businesses outlive them. "Our ultimate goal should be to minimize threats and maximize opportunities," said Joachim Adewusi, chief executive officer, Conrad Clark, during a recent BusinessDay-organized SME Forum held in Lagos.

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Many women leave engineering, blame the work culture
NPR
From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field. Conventional wisdom says that women in engineering face obstacles such as the glass ceiling, a lack of self-confidence and a lack of mentors. But psychologists who delved deeper into the issue with a new study found that the biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments they work in.

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CIPS Risk Index: Global supply chain risk at 18-month low
Supply Management
Global supply chain risk fell to an 18-month low, but there are concerns it could rise again given increasing political and social instability. The latest CIPS Risk Index said the drop in risk in the second quarter of the year represents a fall for three consecutive quarters for the first time since 2008.

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Google boosts page ranking for secure sites — Is it worth the change?
By Mackenzie Ferch
In response to an increase in breaches of user security, Google is doing what it can to promote cyber safety and secure connections. Google recently announced its decision to boost the page ranking of those sites and entities that maintain the safe, secure connection of HTTPS and has begun to make the largest updates since 2010. For organizations and websites yearning to maximize their search engine optimization, the question is whether it's worth it to make the switch from HTTP to HTTPS.
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Understanding crop risk management
The Land
While technology means farmers can have pricing information at their fingertips in real time, the key to successfully marketing your crop remains not in the information itself, but in understanding basic risk management and knowing your cost of production. That's the message from National Australia Bank's head of agribusiness markets Greg Noonan.
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