Workplace Violence - Prevention Is The Key
Workplace violence evokes images of an armed, disgruntled employee, client, or estranged spouse who shoots selectively or indiscriminately at employees, supervisors and managers. Workplace violence is much more than that. According to the Workplace Violence Research Institute, workplace violence is any act against an employee that creates a hostile work environment and negatively affects the employee, either physically or psychologically. These acts range from threats, intimidation and other forms of verbal harassment to physical assaults and worse.
The threat of workplace violence originates from a number of potential sources (both insiders and outsiders) -
- Co-workers / contractors
- Ex-employees / contractors
- Domestic partners
- Disgruntled customers
- Persons with romantic obsessions
Workplace Violence Awareness
When considering the threat of workplace violence at your site BPS does more than just provide you with the standard list of indicators. We impart our 75-plus years of cumulative security expertise and knowledge to increase our client's awareness of the threat. We provide tools that can be used by our clients from before there is any sign of a threat through to post-occurrence recommendations; tools such as -
- Options for addressing and responding to both external and internal threats before an incident occurs
- Detailed information for increasing workplace violence awareness, including training directly aimed at line supervisors and management awareness and response
- Guidance on actions that should be taken at the first inkling of workplace violence indicators
Workplace Violence Preparation
After conducting a full security assessment for a client BPS informed them that our findings indicated that their most likely scenario was a workplace violence incident within two years. They chose not to do anything and unfortunately an employee was assaulted by her estranged boyfriend less than a year and a half later. It was after that incident that the client decided they needed us to develop an awareness and response program for them.