Can your Security Officers be trusted?

High levels of crime and violence continue to shock South Africa and as a result, people turned to high walls, electric fences and security companies to keep invading criminals out. Over the years the media has been full of incidents around security guards, but often rather than fighting crime as they have been hired to do, they are found to have been involved or simply negligent. Let’s look into some of the serious issues surrounding the security guard industry. 1. Cut Throat Competitio...
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Who is most likely to commit occupational fraud?

According to a study done by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) organizations lose an estimated five percent of their annual revenues to fraud. Applied to the estimated 2011 Gross World Product, this figure translates to a potential global fraud loss of more than $3.5 trillion. The median loss caused by the occupational fraud cases in our study was $140,000. More than one-fifth of the frauds involved losses of at least $1 million. The frauds lasted a median of 18 months be...
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What you need to know about lies

How prevalent are lies in today’s society? A University of Massachusetts study revealed that 60 percent of people self-report they could not carry on a 10-minute conversation without lying at least once. British research found that men lie twice as much as women. (Source: http://www.today.com/health/how-one-lie-can-ruin-your-whole-day-1D80224805# What are some ways that lying can harm your well-being? In reality, the more you are prone to lying, the more you have to fabricate details a...
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Workplace harassment, what it is and what not.

BY ALISON DOYLE  Updated March 22, 2018 What is considered sexual harassment at work? And how does it differ from non-sexual harassment? Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination that includes any uninvited comments, conduct, or behavior regarding sex, gender, or sexual orientation.  All employees – of any position, from management to entry-level or hourly staffers – should be aware of what qualifies as workplace harassment and avoid these behaviors or report them if they oc...
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10 Red flags of employee theft in a company

Every single company that employs people is vulnerable to fraud of some kind, but the person taking home  three pencils from the office, or the one who takes an unnecessary sick day every now and then, is not going to bankrupt the business. However, the one who is stealing money could do just that. It’s every business owner’s nightmare: a long-time trusted employee, who has access to the finances and the bookkeeping processes, is diverting funds into another account for personal use. And nobod...
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14 Signs that your employee may be on drugs

The following are common warning signs that may indicate an employee may suffer from drug related problems; Frequent or prolonged absences from work, usually without notification. Excessive numbers of “sick days” without proper medical leave, with flimsy excuses and explanations. Frequent, sometimes lengthy, trips to the bathroom or other areas where drugs could be stashed and/or consumed. Frequent lateness or missed appointment times, production deadlines and meetings – again, with...
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3 Ways your verbal and written statements can give away whether you are deceptive

  Changes in Pronoun If a person says I got up, took a shower, got dressed, I went and had breakfast, we left for work… that change in pronoun tells us right away that there was somebody else. Gaps in Time Sometimes if we asked a person what happened: I got up, took a shower, got dressed, I had breakfast, later on I left for work. The ‘later on’ is a clue for us that something happened from the time they were having breakfast to the time they left for work. Evasive Answers When you ask some...
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Are polygraph test results accepted by the CCMA?

Polygraphists have been accepted as expert witnesses whose evidence needs to be tested for reliability. The duty of the commissioner is to determine the admissibility and reliability of the evidence. Polygraph test may not be interpreted as implying guilt but may be regarded as an aggravating factor especially where there is other evidence of misconduct. In other words, polygraph test results, on their own, are not a basis for a finding of guilt. It can be used only in support of other evidence.
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Your eyes may betray you

When determining whether a subject is being truthfull, truth verification examiners look at various cues such as body language, use of language when making verbal/written statements and eye movements to name a few.  Following are some of the common cues relating to eye movements. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgFuHIzE9pE  
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3 Surprising facts about lying

  1. Lying just doesn’t come naturally for people. Good news if you want to believe in humanity: lying just doesn’t come naturally for people. A 2008 study asked people to hide their genuine emotions using a variety of different techniques and found that every single study participant showed some degree of “emotional leakage” in their facial expressions – that is, they inadvertently displayed their true feelings despite their best intentions. 2. Most people are bad at detecting deception. P...
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