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Why bullying is an issue, and why employers must act
Post-Crescent Media
Most adults assume that the bullies they encountered as children "grew up" before entering the workplace. Unfortunately, many bullies continue their mean-spirited tactics in the work world. Workplace bullying is usually repeated abuse of a psychological nature. While bullying can escalate into physical violence, it can be harmful to employees even if it never goes that far, and it can be extremely detrimental to the victim's work performance.
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Outlook strong for US economy in 2014
The Seattle Times
After six years of a gloomy recession and shaky recovery, the U.S. economy looks poised to regain its glow next year with stronger job growth, bigger income gains for more people and a resurgence of homeowners moving up into new digs. The overall economic outlook for the U.S. has improved sharply in recent weeks amid a string of surprisingly robust economic data: Businesses have stepped up hiring, new factory orders from abroad are at a two-year high, and consumers have been flocking to car lots and restaurants.
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Understanding cumulative supply risk
Spend Matters
Mapping the types of supply risk to the typical sourcing and supplier management steps demonstrates that supply risk actually builds through the process. Indeed, by the time a supplier is selected, the majority of supply risk is locked in. The figure below describes how cumulative supply risk increases across supply management processes. But while supply risk increases and is locked in over time, the good news is that companies that focus on improving their supply risk management capabilities can lower and then mitigate supply risk throughout the process.
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Measurement: The key to risk management in cattle operations
Manitoba Co-operator
Producers need to remove emotion from the equation to manage risk in feeding cattle. "When we talk about risk management, there are so many things that contribute to our risks as cattle feeders," Travis Hickey, general manager of cattle strategies for Western Feedlots, said during a panel discussion at the recent Canfax Cattle Market Forum. "Can we truly measure the risks we take as cattle feeders in a repeatable fashion that removes the emotion?" His key yardsticks are volatility and variance, Hickey said.
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Modest secondary catastrophe bond trading seen in November
November was the first month since February with no new catastrophe bonds completing, giving investors a lull before the inevitably busy end of the year and contributing to a modest months trading in the secondary market for cat bonds. While primary issuance dried up the marketing was just beginning and a number of deals were launched before the end of November.
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Effectively managing social media risks
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have become integral parts of doing business. Whether your business aggressively uses these platforms to reach potential or existing customers, or simply maintains a minimal social media presence, social media can trigger a wide variety of risks to your organization. A time-tested strategy of pre-emptive mitigation and comprehensive pursuit of insurance coverage post-loss provides the best protection against social-media related losses.
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Manufacturers oppose OSHA plan to make workplace safety reports public
The government requires large employers to keep records of on-the-job injuries suffered by their employees. Now, the Obama administration wants to make those records easily available on a website.

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Obesity: Learning better habits
Workplace Savings & Benefits
Obesity is well known as a significant risk to human health and life expectancy. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health indicated it was four times more deadly than had previously been thought.

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Why sustainable pay is the future of executive compensation
Spurred by the global financial crisis, investors are increasingly scrutinizing the "pay for breathing" practices of company boards — rewarding members simply for showing up — and achieving results.

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The ethics coach on crisis management
Q: I live in a city where major flooding recently created a state of emergency. A large part of my business is sales. What is the most appropriate way to run my business during a time of crisis?
A: There's no "business as usual" during emergencies. If your product is relevant to the crisis at hand, focus on appropriate ways to connect people with your services that won't make you seem like an opportunist. For nonessential tools or services, develop a crisis-management plan that outlines the way your sales team should operate in the event of a disaster.

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ERM software: Selecting the best solution
As organizations turn to enterprise risk management software to automate and enhance aspects of their ERM programs, it's time to take a critical look at the ERM and GRC marketplace to determine where gaps exist between the current offerings and the needs of risk managers.
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