The start of the fall semester is already a busy time for colleges and universities around the country, but throw in the mix an unforeseen circumstance, like a natural disaster, and it can wreak havoc on a campus community. And while there is never a sure-fire way to completely prepare for the unknown, what you can do is have a plan in place.
Posts from the ‘Safety and Health’ Category
A Time magazine article from October stated that there had been 23 shootings on college campuses so far in 2015, but that number has since risen with additional shootings at universities in Arizona, Texas and Tennessee. Bottom line: every college and university must have a plan in place in the event tragedy unfolds on their campus.
In the aftermath of acts of violence on several campuses across the nation, many higher ed institutions have reevaluated their risk assessment and violence prevention strategies. Many have created “active shooter” protocols, instituted emergency alert systems designed to get the word out quickly to the campus community in the event of an incident of violence and implemented procedures designed to assess and manage behavioral risk in the hopes of identifying high-risk individuals and taking action before tragedy strikes.
Finding new ways to motivate employees to engage in wellness activities can be a challenge. Many wellness programs start off with a bang, but participation wanes as time passes. Here at the CUPA-HR national office, we’ve found a formula that works well for us. By implementing several smaller scale wellness activities and switching them up throughout the year, we’ve been able to keep things fresh and exciting.
Many employers have nonsmoking policies in place for the worksite, and some have implemented surcharges or higher insurance premiums for employees who smoke. Many utilize smoking cessation programs to provide resources and support to those who want to quit. However, higher ed institutions still struggle with how best to discourage smoking on campus.
It seems that every few years something happens that prompts us HR folks to revisit our crisis management plans — an influenza outbreak, an unspeakable act of violence on a college campus, the threat of swine flu, a natural disaster, and recently, the Ebola epidemic. Although the disease is not likely to spread in this country, institutions would be remiss if they didn’t have a plan in place to address how they would deal with an Ebola-infected (or quarantined) employee or student.