Recently released federal government statistics indicate there have been 26 million employees enter the ranks of the unemployed over the past 6 weeks. Added to that, schools are closed and parents are now having to “home school” their children. We are in close proximity with, and spending much more time, with our family members. The stress, anxiety and lack of control is overwhelming for some. So why do we not take precautions to protect employees as we conduct mass layoffs, furloughs and flat out terminations?

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The COVID-19 crisis presents a particularly ripe environment for workplace violence. Unlike individual corporate reductions, today’s reductions offer little hope that those who are part of them will be able to find work until the economy reopens following the crisis.

In this week’s Survive HR podcast, our friends, Chad Ayers and Andy Sexton, from Proactive Response, share their insights and tips on how to protect yourself and others as you go through the very difficult task of reducing your workforce.

Kelly and I know that these times make the already difficult job of HR even more challenging. We appreciate our listeners and if we can do anything to assist you in anyway, please let us know.

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Steve Nail is currently the Dean, College of Business, at Anderson University. He is a labor and employment attorney who began his career with the National Labor Relations Board. Thereafter, he served as Assistant General Counsel for Michelin, including two stints in France, where he worked on the structuring of the European Economic Community and served in the HR and Legal Departments. Later he served as the Vice President of Labor and Employee Relations before moving on to Hubbell where he served as the Vice President of Human Resources. Steve was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve on the SC Healthcare Planning Committee and was reappointed by Governor McMaster in 2018. Steve was named the 2012 South Carolina HR Professional of the Year and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, by the Greenville SHRM chapter. He is a frequent speaker, a published author, and mentor to many in the HR profession. He often coaches individuals and consults organizations on strategic matters. He is a Register Corporate Coach, certified by the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.