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The real cost of sexual harassment

Posted by Staci Canny, HAI Group on Oct 23, 2018 5:00:00 AM

As a professional in the workplace, you are faced with the awful reality of having a one in three chance of experiencing sexual harassment as a female, and a one in five chance as a male.

Through recent movements, like #metoo, and the takedown of powerful celebrities, politicians, and journalists, this difficult topic is finally being brought to the forefront of conversations nationwide.

While the media has portrayed sexual harassment at large over the past year, have you ever stopped to think about how this relates to you specifically? If a case of sexual harassment happened at your place of work, would you know how to handle it?

Let’s take a look at a scenario that can happen at a housing organization.

Amy is an employee at a housing organization, and Rodney is a contractor who works daily as an onsite property manager. They are both avid sports fans and have frequent conversations about work projects and their common interest in sports. Rodney begins to send Amy daily calls and texts, asking her to join him for the playoff game. Amy did not express an interest in furthering their relationship outside of work, and the ongoing calls and texts made her feel very uncomfortable.

This scenario depicts an example of harassment, resulting in a hostile work environment. If such behavior goes ignored, this type of environment can lead to increased absences and stress among your employees, and consequently, a decrease in productivity.

How would you handle this situation if you were Amy, and you do not wish to have a personal relationship with Rodney outside of the workplace? Here are three steps you should take:

  1. Speak directly to the perpetrator – Take immediate action of the situation by meeting face-to-face with the perpetrator. Do not ignore the situation – this may allow things to escalate.
  2. Discuss your feelings – Keep your cool as you let the individual know that you value your working relationship, and that is all. Explain that their behavior is making you feel uncomfortable, and to please stop.
  3. Meet with Human Resources – If you are still uncomfortable after speaking with the individual, schedule a meeting with Human Resources to discuss the situation and possible solutions. It is your right to feel comfortable in your workplace.

While you may not be able to control whether or not these situations happen at your place of work, what you can control is how you respond to them and take action to prevent them from reoccurring. If you would like to learn more about how to handle various forms of sexual harassment in the workplace, click here to watch HAI Group’s simulated scenario.

HAI Group is a trusted partner, recognized for our experience and exceptional service. While we’re known for pioneering public and affordable housing insurance programs, insurance is not our only strength. For more than 30 years, we’ve evolved with the housing industry and emerged as a leading provider of insurance, risk management, training, capital, research, and advocacy solutions tailor-made for housing.

Topics: HAI Group, Knowledge Base, harassment

From the Desk of John McKay: 9.14.2017

Posted by NMA on Sep 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

John McKayOur fifth annual national housing conference was our best one yet, and we couldn't have done it without you! Thank you to everyone who joined us at the The Housing Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. To view the gallery of photos from the event, go here. I’d like to extend a warm thank-you to our generous sponsors, GoSection8 and HAI Group, who helped make the conference a very special event.

It was a real joy to have wonderful conversations with so many passionate and insightful members of our industry who appreciate the particular challenges and successes we all navigate, whether new to affordable housing or an old pro. I continue to be inspired by all of the ways you're improving the lives of the families in your communities. For some more incredible achievements, go here to read about the honorees of the 2017 NMA Housing Awards.

If you missed us in Boston, we'd love to say hi to you at another event! The NMA team will be attending a couple of conferences next month. I'll be attending national NAHRO, and you can meet Sheryl Putnam and Samantha Sowards at the New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA). Stop by our booth, pick up some goodies, and chat with us!

Stay tuned for more updates!

John McKay has been with NMA since 1998, and has served as CEO of the company since 2007. He brings his knowledge of housing regulations and industry best practices into his role as project executive on many of NMA’s contracts with large housing authority clients and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He has assessed, analyzed, and provided feedback to some of the country’s most well-run private and public organizations.

Topics: HAI Group, NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

Agenda now available for 2016 national conference

Posted by NMA on Jun 22, 2016 11:23:46 AM

Just one week left for early bird pricing! Register by June 30 to receive the best rates for The Housing Conference.

The updated agenda is now available here. Industry experts will present sessions and panels on the latest topics in affordable housing, including:

  • Affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH) final rule
  • Community partnerships
  • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
  • Creating an ongoing leasing plan
  • Family self-sufficiency and resident opportunities
  • Insurance for development projects
  • Rent reasonableness
  • Technology strategies
  • Strategies for success in HCV audits
  • Upcoming legislation
  • New inspection protocol for the voucher program
  • Best practices in managing portability
  • Best practices in managing VASH vouchers
  • Best practices in preventing shortfall
  • Best practices in public housing unit turnover and vacancy tracking
  • RAD post-closing operational transition for PBRA and PBV
  • What to consider before applying for the MTW program

Presented by NMA and HAI Group, this year's conference in San Antonio, Texas, will also feature a roundtable panel session with NMA Housing Awards winners.

The Housing Conference

Visit our website to register!

Topics: CDBG, fair housing, FSS, HAI Group, inspections, MTW, NMA Housing Awards, PBRA, PBV, portability, RAD, rent reasonableness, ROSS, The Housing Conference, UPCS-V, VASH

Register now for free Q&As at The Housing Conference

Posted by NMA on Apr 19, 2016 10:18:29 AM

Signups for Q&A sessions at The Housing Conference are now open!

We're thrilled to be taking our fourth annual national housing conference to San Antonio this September. Included with every conference registration is the opportunity to reserve a free, one-hour Q&A session with one of our NMA experts, including Nan herself!

If you’re registered for the conference and want to sign up for a session, click here and reserve your time now. The Q&A sessions are limited to registered attendees and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presented by NMA and HAI Group, this year's conference will feature informative and insightful sessions and panels on the latest industry topics. We'll also be announcing the winners of the 2016 NMA Housing Awards.

The Housing Conference

Visit our website to register!

The conference will spotlight three tracks this year: an executive track, a regulatory track, and a hands-on track. Stay tuned for session details soon.

Topics: HAI Group, NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

Registration now open for 2016 national conference

Posted by NMA on Feb 8, 2016 12:14:45 PM

Registration for The Housing Conference is now open! We're thrilled to be taking our fourth annual national housing conference to San Antonio, Texas.

Presented by NMA and HAI Group, this year's conference will feature informative and insightful sessions and panels on the latest industry topics. We'll also be announcing the winners of the 2016 NMA Housing Awards.

The Housing Conference

Visit our website to register!

Topics: HAI Group, NMA Housing Awards, The Housing Conference

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