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Are you a reluctant family caregiver?

February 22, 2013

In the U.S. at any given time, 20% of the population is serving in the role of caregiver for a loved one – and not always enthusiastically. Based on family dynamics and the cost of assisted living and nursing facilities, many families choose to share the role of caregiving for a loved one until such time that the loved one needs greater ongoing medical oversight than the family is capable of providing.


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Accentuate the positive

Sounds good, but companies just aren’t that interested in compassion and curiosity
February 22, 2013

I received an email today from a professor at the Harvard Medical School. He wants me to buy a “Special Health Report” from Harvard Health Publications on the subject of positive psychology. “Happiness can be elusive. It can be fleeting. Too often, it can be lost in our modern world's swirl of stress, multitasking, and 24/7 news,” the sales pitch begins.


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Are you turning a blind eye to hazards?

Biases can get in the way of decision-making
February 21, 2013

Hazards come in many shapes and sizes—from the physical to the behavioral and all points in between. And the efficacy with which hazards are identified to a large extent shape the overall effectiveness of your safety management system. So what happens when your personal or organizational biases prevent you from seeing things accurately and honestly?


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How to effectively shout about sustainability

Techniques for corporate leaders to use
February 20, 2013

There are a number of communications techniques that corporate leaders in sustainability and corporate responsibility communication use, to various degrees. Here are 15:


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Comparing U.S. and U.K sustainable business practices

February 19, 2013

What a rollercoaster ride! It has been five years since I moved to New York to open our US office. My arrival here coincided with the worst financial crash since the Depression, a time when you were unsure whether there would be any cash in the ATM, let alone a market for sustainability advice.


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Learning to be Productive In The Social Media World Using “CloudOn”

The iPad app provides qualities similar to Microsoft Office
February 12, 2013
If you are a PC user that works with Microsoft Office and now have your own iPad that you use on the go then you should read this post in detail.


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Don’t Turn the Lights Out: Don’t Play the Blame Game

Understanding the safety risks of operating equipment
February 12, 2013
The oh-too-human drive to blame can turn out the lights on the real game at play.


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You’re Not the Boss of Me: It’s Not The Message, It’s The Way It’s Delivered

February 12, 2013
We’ve all experienced this at one time or another: you point out an unsafe act or safety violation in good faith, only to have the worker shoot back some sarcastic, rude, or juvenile comment.


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Is an ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management standard on the way?

February 12, 2013
I have gotten the following question for several readers


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Creating the right context for process safety: 7 questions to ask

February 8, 2013

Virtually all catastrophic events in man-made systems are related to technical failures made possible by organizational failures. This explains why catastrophic events continue to occur despite widespread implementation of sophisticated technical and management systems. Deepwater Horizon and Texas City disasters are examples of events caused by weak organizational safety—the context within which technical and management systems function. 


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