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This Company’s Recruitment Strategy Includes Bikinis, Stripper Poles And Wild Parties

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Today’s executives and managers are taught not to discriminate on the basis of an employee’s culture, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We understand that inappropriate behavior – from sexual harassment to discrimination – cannot be tolerated in today’s workplace and so we are careful to avoid such actions. Some companies, like Uber, have learned the consequences of such behaviors.

Then there’s Badoo. Read More…

How Did This Employee Steal $1.8 Million From Her Employer?

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An Indiana bookkeeper was charged this week with stealing $1.8 million from her employer. That’s a lot of money.

Over the course of four and a half years, according to this press release from the Department of Justice, Julie Ann Ashman allegedly was able to siphon money from the accounts of a small business that repaired and refurbished X-ray medical equipment to her own personal bank account. She did this by cutting checks to herself and then understating the company’s revenues to cover up the missing cash. What’s really disturbing is the frequency. According to the DOJ, Ashman was “reimbursing” herself for anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000 up to 15 times a month! In total, it was found that she wrote 436 company checks to herself for a total of $1,805,015.12.

The press release from the DOJ doesn’t disclose how she got caught. But I’ve got a hunch. It’s how most fraudsters, particularly those responsible for the money in a small business, get caught. I’m betting Ms. Ashman missed a few days of work. Read More…

56 Out of 100 Employees at This Firm Failed a Ransomware “Phishing” Test

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By now, you’re familiar with the giant ransomware attacks that have been hammering companies around the world and caused countless interruptions in business and services, including a shutdown of the U.K.’s national health system.

If not, a quick ransomware recap: it’s a malware program. When just one computer or device – Apple and Microsoft operating systems included – in your company is infected, the malware spreads and locks up all files across your network. To unlock the files, you need a special “key.” The key can only be obtained by paying the perpetrators a “ransom” – usually in bitcoin or some other untraceable digital currency. If you don’t pay within a few days, your files disappear. It’s become a billion-dollar industry for the hacking community, with some even setting up customer service lines to assist victims with paying the ransom and unlocking their files. I kid you not. Read More…

The Elevator Ride Where Mr. Rogers Rescued a Young Fan in Need

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
-Fred Rogers

Anthony Breznican is a grown man and a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly. Following this week’s tragic events in Manchester, England, Breznican remembered the words above, which were said by the beloved children’s TV show host. But he also recalled a much more important story about how Fred Rogers helped him through a personal low point in his life. Read More…

Gretchen Carlson Warns Employees Against Reporting Harassment To HR

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Gretchen Carlson is no stranger to sexual harassment. A former Miss USA and accomplished violinist, Carlson documented in her 2015 book, “Getting Real,” of her struggles to rise from a local reporter to a national correspondent on Fox News in a male-dominated media world. Last year, she made headlines when she accused Fox’s former CEO, the recently deceased Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment. She ultimately settled with the company and is now devoting herself to writing and speaking about women’s causes.

Her latest message: If you think you may be a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, your human resources department may not be the best place for you to go. Read More…

Your IT Guy May Be Lying to You

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Everyone’s got an IT guy. He’s the geek in the office – or maybe he’s part of a team of geeks if your company is of a certain size. Otherwise he’s either your one full-time technical person or he works for an IT firm that you have under contract. And sorry ladies, but despite the tireless efforts to get more women working in technology, it’s more likely than not that in 2017 your IT support person will still be a dude.

You trust your IT guy, don’t you? He’s the person you go to when a printer or device breaks. You involve him in all decisions you make regarding technology. You ask him for recommendations when you’re looking for a new application for your business. You rely on him to make sure all your systems are updated and current so that your network is protected against viruses and malware. You bounce ideas off him when it’s related to tech. He fills a role in your company that no one else really fully understands – and seems wise in the dark magic of Microsoft, Google, Apple, Intel, Dell, Lenovo and other tech firms. This is his terrain and you pay him a wage, an hourly rate or a monthly support fee to be your company’s representative in this dark, mysterious world. Read More…

How the $#%@ Does Ryan Seacrest Do It?

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There’s busy. There’s super-busy. And then there’s Ryan Seacrest.

This week, it was announced that Seacrest will join ABC’s “Live” morning TV show as an executive producer and co-host along with Kelly Ripa. It was a smart move. Seacrest is a pro – beloved, personable, funny, genuine – a true crowd pleaser. But many are wondering just how he can add these duties to his already packed schedule. And believe me, it’s really packed. Read More…