Achieving Investigation Mastery

With workplace conflict evidently an unavoidable part of working life, HR professionals and management clearly need to be confident in their own conflict management skills. More importantly they need to take action to ensure that managers have the skills and awareness to step in and intervene at an early stage, as soon as the first signs of conflict emerge.

Nearly half of HR practitioners say they have to manage conflict in the workplace continually or frequently, with sickness absence, staff turnover and bullying being the most likely result where disputes escalate.

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What are the benefits of Achieving Investigation Mastery (AIM) and Conflict Resolution Training?

  • Save time and money spent on investigations,
  • Happier staff with increased productivity
  • Increase interventions and use of mediation
  • Reduce the number of unnecessary disciplinary procedures.
  • Reduce time spent on disciplinary investigations.
  • Reduced sickness rate – save money of staff replacement & sick pay
  • Increase success rate at tribunals
  • Reduce feeling of bullying and harassment within the workplace.

You can also drastically reduce risk of tribunals – From April 2009 you would pay around £80,000 if you were found not to have prevented or effectively dealt with bullying or harassment – there is no upper limit on stress.

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Palo Alto Networks Discovers Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft Word

Palo Alto Networks of Sunnyvale, California, has announced that its Threat Research Team discovered one of the six critical vulnerabilities communicated in Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday security bulletin this week. The exploited vulnerability could allow a hacker full system access and control.

Prompting the highest vulnerability rating, Microsoft credited Palo Alto Networks exclusively with the discovery of Word Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2008-4026). The vulnerability exists in the way that Microsoft Word handles certain Word files.

An attacker could deliver a seemingly innocent document to a user via email, IM or as a download from a Website. If opened, the execution would enable an attacker to take complete control of an affected system, allowing them to then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. The vulnerability exists in both the Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 versions.

For full details of this press release click on Palo Alto Networks Discovers Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft Word
For more details from Microsoft click on MS08-072