Using My HR, Good Work and Good Health at Work

Dr. Jacob Randolph, Managing Director, Cartel Group, an international advisory and HR consultancy firm

To Vote or Not to Vote?

Our mobile learning platform, VoteHQ, recently partnered with the United States Civil Rights Movement to deliver courses on national, state and local civil rights and voting rights for employees. The nationwide project, with 2,000 enrolled employees, builds on lessons from the past.

In 1962, then US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy told protesters in Dallas that if they were thinking of getting arrested, they should “just be quiet.” We believe that companies can learn from this lesson and best follow Kennedy’s advice and speak up and “just be quiet”—so we encourage our employees to #TakeTheVote.

Campaigns to Stop Vaccine Delivery

In 2005, Atlanta’s HeidelbergCDS, a major vaccine manufacturer, halted making tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) injections at a plant in Columbus, Georgia, due to concerns with the vaccine. At the time, there were 28 state laws that banned the disbursement of Tdap vaccine to certain children.

Only two states had passed laws banning the distribution of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines. After receiving directives from the FDA to resume production and distribution of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines, the company distributed vaccine to all states and customers, as well as distributing vaccine internationally. Eventually the FDA concluded that the HeidelbergCDS tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines were safe, but the company stopped the vaccine production for 31 states in March 2007, citing “change in the USA’s state laws” as a justification.

We love that CDC determined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines are safe and effective. As the nation’s primary healthcare provider, we support vaccine rights and encourage all patients to get the recommended vaccine. The decision to discontinue production and distribution was the best course of action by this manufacturer, while the government takes the correct steps to ensure safe vaccines for every child.

Care to Vote?

This is the fourth and final installment of the survey series on workplace policies and how they impact employee satisfaction and productivity.

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