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5MONSTERS DESTROYING YOUR COMPANY CULTURE

FROM THE DESK OF Terri

RANSOMWARE

Ransomware locks up your files until money is paid.

It’s not only a “big city” or “affluent” issue; just about any business is vulnerable. In the past few months, 23 cities in Texas have been hit. It tends to come in the form of seemingly benign emails with attachments that, if opened, will infect a system. If you have bad or nonexistent backups, ransom becomes an attractive option. The downside is you are essentially funding criminal activity. The FBI recommends against paying ransom.

When Halloween rolls around, it’s easy to become so preoccupied with the monsters stalking the sidewalks and TV screens that you forget about the everyday boogeymen plaguing your office year-round. While the pillagers of workplace culture don’t wear fake fur, excessive makeup, or rubber masks, they can be just as terrifying as their fictional counterparts. Here’s a list of monsters to watch for, just in time for collecting candy. H ow to D odge the B usiness B oogeymen T his H alloween Though it often creeps up quietly, few monsters are more damaging to workplace culture than the boredom mummy. If excessive routine has made your office yawn-inducing or has mummified your employees at their desks, a crisis is likely nearby. One CNN article postulated that boredom is “the new stress,” and bored employees are more likely to be unhappy and seek new positions even if they’re still effective. To keep boredom levels in check, try to automate repetitive tasks, offer new challenges, and encourage communication. BOREDOM: THE MUMMY

To be useful, an attack should be treated as a “when” not an “if.”

Here are four steps for making your organization ready if/when you experience a ransomware attack.

1. Identify valuable data

2. Segment that data

3. Backup that data

4. Create an isolation plan

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Dedicated to your success,

GOSSIP: THE WEREWOLF

-Terri

Gossip is like a werewolf. It doesn’t show up every day, but, when it does, it wreaks havoc. Rumors quickly destroy morale, erode relationships, and ramp up workplace tension. Worse, they can cause even the most dedicated employees to quit due to what’s often labeled as a “toxic” office culture. Inc. Magazine claims that zero-tolerance policies, regular

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