Did you know that $121 billion annual losses are attributed to workplace assaults?
In today’s tumultuous environment acts of workplace violence are becoming more common.
Workplace violence as defined by the National Safety Council is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.”
These unfortunate occurrences effect small businesses, major corporations, government facilities and educational institutions. Each must take action to increase the level of safety and security for employees, personnel, students, and property.
According to the National Safety Council over 20,000 acts of workplace violence were committed in 2020.
The effects of such acts result in employee injuries, lost revenue, production disturbance, loss of employee morale, strikes, walkouts, lawsuits and sometimes even deaths.
People never just “snap.”
Imagine working in your office and gunshots ring out in the parking lot. You look up from your computer screen and see the man you have worked with for 15 years now targeting fellow employees with a shotgun.
Questions run screaming through your mind. What do I do? How do I respond? More importantly how could this act have been prevented? The answers to these questions are not as complex as one may think. Fortunately, workplace violence can be mitigated if one has proper training and has appropriately prepared to address this type of risk.
It is common to hear reports of people “snapping” or “going postal.” Unfortunately, these common explanations for violent acts are inaccurate, people never just “snap.” Like everyone individuals experience hardships however some people cope with these situations in less-than-ideal ways.
Unfortunately, at times violence becomes the answer. Luckily, this “pathway to violence” exposes indicators which allows trained professional to step in before this threshold is met and effectively prevent hostile acts from occurring.
Providers Internationals team of subject matter experts can minimize your company’s exposure to these types of risks. Our staff of professionals include experts in workplace violence mitigation, threat management and physical site security. Through collaboration, our staff will address your concerns and develop customized strategies which will effectively reduce the potential for workplace violence at your place of business.
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