Updating Policies on Medical Marijuan

Fri, January 13th, 2012 - 1:55 pm - By Gordon Basichis

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This was an article I wrote not that long ago concerning Medical Marijuana, the changing state laws, and how it may have an impact on employment policies.  Given the number of states that are implmenting medical marijuana laws, I thought it was worth revisiting.

The article is entitled…Advice About Updating You Employment Drug Test Policy.


Here is the heading…

Drug Testing is always a hot button issue.  It is a background check where, like with employment credit reports, people have strong opinions.  Employer zero tolerance drug policies have in recent years duked it out both in the courts and the workplace with the medical marijuana advocates.   Real issues regarding employees with legitimate reasons for using medical marijuana are contesting the harder edge policies on the part of most employers.


More On Workplace Bullying

Tue, January 10th, 2012 - 5:38 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Workplace bullying can manifest in a variety of ways.   A recent article on CNBC describes how bullies will manipulate situations in order to make their employees  look inferior or inept.   The article cites how many employers do not even become aware of bullying conditions in the workplace until departing employees list their complaints at the exit interview.

When thirty-five percent of the American workforce, some 54 million, in all, admit to experiences where they are bullied in the workplace, then the conditions are more pressing than most will admit.  In a larger company, the bullies interact with fewer people and can go unnoticed for longer periods of time.  In a smaller company, of course, a bully can touch upon everyone.   It doesn’t take all that long for the staff to realize they have a jerk in their midst.

Close of t seventy percent of the bullying is gender harassment.  Surprisingly, or not, female bullies target female employees. Most bullying practices are not so much physical aggression as psychological.  Verbal abuse plays a large part of it.

The article reports a 2010 survey from Zogby International….”According to the Zogby survey, 45 percent of those who have been bullied at work say they suffer stress-related health problems, including panic attacks, clinical depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress. And they use paid time off frequently for “mental health breaks,” creating a heightened burden for smaller companies that need all hands on deck.”


Dangers of Workplace Bullying

Fri, January 6th, 2012 - 5:25 am - By Gordon Basichis


I am old school.  I believe in dealing with bullies in general, the best solution is to kick their butts so they realize it is best not to bully people.   Over the years, despite all rhetoric to the contrary, in general that seems to get the job done.

However, not everyone can fight a bully on the bully’s own terms.  Especially in terms of the workplace.  You can’t go scuffling out in the parking lot.  It may be entertaining for a moment, but it does tend to freak people out.  Plus there are the liability concerns.   So even if the entire office staff gangs up on the bully, while it may be justified, and it may get you a whole lot of satisfaction, it is just not done so much in this modern age of ours.

According to an article on WEAU.com, there are tips on dealing with workplace bullies.  As workplace bullies can be deleterious to your business, rapid dispatch is highly recommended.  I have written about workplace bullies before.  One such article was Background Checks May Weed Out Bullies in the Workplace.  I have been interviewed about workplace violence and the bullies that go with it.   Still, a bully is of a certain makeup, and dealing with it takes more than mere advice.

According to the article, this is something to think about…”If you’re in a workplace culture where bullying or negative behavior is just how they operate, it’s very difficult to change that and at that point it’s like do you want to stay here and try and fight a battle you probably won’t put a dent in or do you just want to leave the organization,” she says.  ‘”Marshall says a shocking 70 percent of bullies are bosses, and that’s what makes reporting bullying such a tough issue for victims.”

Bullying bosses are tough to deal with.   Bully bosses can be also known as jerks.  There are few other terms I would apply to define them, but civil decorum prevents me from doing so.   However, for those employers who are concerned about workplace bullying, I refer you to the Workplace Bullying Institute where you may find tips on how best to deal with the bullies in your office.

Low Wages and Expensive Tastes Lead to Workplace Fraud

Wed, January 4th, 2012 - 5:59 am - By Gordon Basichis

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Fraud in the workplace is on the increase in New Zealand.   Chances are it’s on the increase in other nations as well, including the United States.  With wages getting lower and people of modest means cultivating expensive tastes, fraud is the potential result.

According to an article in the New Zealand Herald, Price Waterhouse reported economic crime on the rise.  The increased fraud was attributed to the average salary not being in keeping with a more lavish lifestyle.  So…when in doubt, steal.

Said the article…”We’re a relatively low wage economy but we like high-wage living. You look at baches, it’s a New Zealand rite of passage to have a bach. Well, a bach is a million dollars by the beach, isn’t it? How many people can afford a million dollars?”

There were more victims than not, according to the article.  Nearly  three-quarters of the survey’s local respondents suffered from asset misappropriation.   Thirty percent reported accounting fraud.

Eighty per cent of those surveyed from the retail sector were victims of fraud, while 71 per cent of the energy, utilities and mining industry had been hit. Fraud occurred more often with employers with more than than one thousand employees.

As per the report,  nearly three quarters of the fraudsters were junior staff members.

Just over half the reported fraud came from within an organisation, and 71 per cent of the perpetrators were junior staff members. Internal employees who committed fraud were largely male with high school educations.  And a little less than half the fraudsters had been with their current employers for three to five years.



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