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Nonprofits: The Importance of Culture within your Organization

Posted: November 14, 2018


Respect, value, a sense of community, authentic leadership. Those were the resounding themes in describing a healthy work culture by a panel at the most recent Covington Business Council Nonprofit Lunch and Learn, in partnership with sponsor Von Lehman CPA & Advisory Firm. 

The panel was comprised of Danielle Amrine, Executive Director, Welcome House; Ashley Simpson, HR Manager, ProLink Staffing and Karen Nelson, Director, Tier 1 Performance Solutions.  All three companies made the 2018 Cincinnati Business Courier Best Places to Work List. 

Amrine says Welcome House’s work culture is extremely important because they work with homeless women and families in crisis. “It’s a family (the employees).  How do you treat one another. People are not in this line of work for the money.” 

Nelson said, “Human beings like to belong, they like to fit in the work environment. Companies need to be clear about what ‘a fit’ is. (for instance) These are the characteristics of people who thrive here.” 

Simpson says ProLink doesn’t boast robust employee benefits but differentiates by its transparent culture. “We ask them why they are here. What kind of relationship do you want with your manager? What are your goals? We look for people with positive energy.” 

The group also talked about inexpensive to free perks they offer their workers.  For Welcome House it’s a Fantasy Football League, an afternoon with rescue dogs and cats which are brought to the office or yoga/meditation classes.  ProLink started a book club for managers. Tier 1 has social media groups for special hobby interests. 

Finally the group talked about giving employers empowerment to do their work. Nelson described it best in how Tier 1 tries to achieve it. “Teams are trained to be self-directed.  They like the latitude of doing it their own in reaching the desired outcome.”



CBC Advocacy Forum - Introduction to Active Shooter Response

Posted: October 26, 2018


Crime prevention through environmental control.  That is police speak for trying to reduce the risk of a horrible series of tragedies that is becoming too commonplace in America today, from school shootings in Florida, to killings at a central Kentucky Kroger to the incident all too close to home at Fifth Third Bank on Fountain Square in September where four victims died.

At the October 26 quarterly CBC Advocacy Forum at the RiverCenter Towers Covington Police Department Sergeant Bryan Bogard and Lieutenant Markus Jordan addressed the Active Shooter Response issue.

The program began ominously as Sgt. Bogard allowed for 30 seconds of silence. After 30 seconds he said multiple that time by four and that’s how long it generally takes for police to arrive on the scene after a dispatch call for a shooter situation. Officers Bogard and Jordan recommended businesses and other organizations explore developing emergency response plans on how employees can be safely evacuated quickly. They also made observations about how to make your office safer from outside intruders whose sole purpose is to commit premeditated murder on your site. Suggestions included putting heavy but movable file cabinets near exit doors that can be used to slow the advanced of assailants and have basic building floor plans stuffed behind hallway fire extinguishers, to make it easier for police to familiarize themselves with the building quickly. 

Lt. Jordan said that potential victims need to move or distract shooters which can increase their survival chances from 30% to 90%. He added that mass killers sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible, adding that seconds count in delaying the worst from occurring. 

Sergeant Bogard says there are several telltale signs that a person can be of capable of inflicting such harm:  alcohol, drug, financial, marital/relationship problems, absenteeism at work, lack of hygiene and violent over-reactions to workplace change. 

While Covington Police are able to train schools and nonprofits on how to prepare for active shooter, for profit businesses need to work through a nationally accredited for profit organization providing training. The group is ALICE which is an acronym for actions needed during shooter situations:  Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter & Evacuation.  Contact Officer Bogard for more information:  bbogard@covingtonky.gov





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