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How to Notice Drug Use in the Workplace – and How to Act

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How to Notice Drug Use in the Workplace – and How to Act

Whether your workplace is large or small, you may be surprised at how many people within are directly or indirectly affected by drug use. If you suspect that someone at work may need to attend a drug rehab facility, then it’s time to act – and fast. Drug use in the workplace doesn’t just affect the user.

Signs of Workplace Drug Use

No one ever wants to accuse their colleague of drug use, but identifying a problem can ensure they are able to get help. So, look out for some of the many signs that someone you know may be using

You may have noticed a dramatic or sudden change in their mood or behaviour. This, alongside changed job performance and decreased attendance, can most certainly set off alarm bells

Those suffering from alcohol or drug abuse may also be neglecting personal hygiene – even turning up in clothing they wore the day before – and looking disheveled. If challenged about their behaviour, you may note they become highly defensive.

These signs alone aren’t enough to accuse someone of drug use, but they can lay the foundation for further research.

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How to Prevent Legal Action Against Your Business

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Prevent Legal Action Against Your Business

There are many reasons why you would want to prevent legal action from being taken against your business, and that applies even if you already have excellent commercial lawyers at your service. Contesting litigation is not only a process that can prove to be expensive, as it proceeds, the levels of stress for business owners, can be significant.

There is also the negative impact legal action may have on your business being able to run properly. It can mean that important decisions are put on hold, and also that financial planning is compromised due to the potential financial penalties being imposed on it.

Even worse, commercial lawyers say if the details of the legal action become public knowledge, it can cause clients and customers to be more reticent about doing business with you whilst the case is ongoing. Even if your business wins the case, until that point you could see a downturn in sales, and that obviously causes income to be reduced, which is hardly ideal when you might need additional funds to fight the legal action against your business.

Now that we have explained why you want to avoid legal action against your business, the important thing to remember is that there are many ways in which you can prevent it from ever happening, so let us look at some.

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Seven Tips for Dealing With Harassment

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Dealing With Harassment

In Australia, workplace equality laws mean that everyone has the right to be able to work in peace without worrying about discrimination, harassment or any other form of workplace bullying. Unfortunately, though, these problems do still occur.

We regularly get asked about the best ways to deal with harassment in the workplace. Because of this, we’ve put together the following list of our top seven tips for dealing with all forms of workplace bullying and discrimination to ensure your mental and physical health doesn’t suffer unnecessarily.

  1. Address the Problem Directly

The first thing you should always do if you’re suffering workplace harassment or bullying is to tackle the problem head-on. Start by speaking with the person or people who are perpetrating the bullying. If they still won’t stop, consider taking your concerns to your employer or HR manager.

  1. Record Any Incidents that Occur

If you don’t manage to stop the harassment by speaking with the people responsible, you should start collecting evidence. Consider keeping a record of exactly what they’ve done, how it affected you and what actions you took to try and stop it.

At the same time, consider speaking with your coworkers to see if they’re willing to back your claims up. If it’s your supervisor harassing you, it’s especially important to work with your coworkers, because the chances are that you’re not the only one who is suffering.

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5 Essential Online Marketing Strategies For Insurance Agencies

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Online Marketing Strategies For Insurance Agencies

By its very nature, the insurance sector is one of the most competitive in the business world. We can only assume that it is because insurance plays a role in just about every area of our lives.

You have insurance for your life, your home, your mortgage, your health, your car, your travel, and we must not forget that we can also insure your pets. No doubt you can think of several more, especially if you own or manage an insurance agency.

Given that there are so many reasons to take out insurance, it also follows that insurance can be very profitable for those who sell it. That is why it is such a competitive marketplace and the ability to attract new clients very much reliant on the marketing which an agency does.

While there are lots of offline marketing campaigns that can bring new customers to it, we are going to focus on five of the main online marketing strategies that an insurance agency can employ to drive traffic to their website, and in turn, create new business.

Website Redesign

We are going to make the assumption that if run an insurance agency, that you already have a website. If you do not have a website, then you most certainly need to have one, and the principles and tactics you are about to read apply to you equally, albeit, they will be taking place on a brand new website, rather than one which is being redesigned.

Your website is your storefront and can often be the first thing that a prospective client sees with respect to your insurance agency, and thus you want that first impression to be the best it possibly can.

If your web design is dated, has text which is hard to read text, out of focus images, and a colour scheme that looks like your website is a tribute to the 1970s, then you can hardly expect people who land on it to stay very long.

After all, would you want to trust something as important as your life insurance to a company whose website is the equivalent of a dilapidated building?

A makeover for your website can have it giving those who visit a fantastic first impression with a clean design, sharp images, easy to read text, and clear instructions as to how to navigate it.

Professionally designed and functioning websites also make the sale process more likely to lead to someone becoming your client as they can find which page or section they want more easily. Also, any calls to action, such as filling in quote form, or arranging an appointment to see an agent, will be bold and obvious, so there is no confusion.

SEO

Now that you have newly designed website up and running, the next step is to make sure there are visitors to that website. There are many ways that can be achieved, but one which underpins them all will be SEO.

SEO, carried out by a professional SEO agency like www.seoperthexperts.com.au (or search engine optimisation to give it its full name), is the means by which we get your website ranking highly on the search engines whenever someone types in a search term related to your insurance agency.

For example, let us say you wish to attract clients from all over Perth. and that you offer several types of insurance. Any SEO campaign would seek to rank your website pages for terms related to those types of insurance, and for those searching within Perth.

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