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WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PLANNING CONSULTANT AND EXPERT
Workplace Violence Management and Consulting: A Practical and Cost-Effective Approach to Prevention, Protection, Training, De-escalation and Response
We Develop, Implement and Train on Workplace Violence and Harassment Prevention and Response Plans and Programs that are uniquely functional, practical and effective
Note that our challenging economy can have a significant negative effect on workplace violence. Such times are stressful and some people address their stress and frustration by threats or acts of workplace or domestic violence, sabotage, contamination, vandalism, theft, bomb threats, or arson. Additionally, stress-inducing triggering events such as disciplines, terminations, facility closings, refusals of service, or lay-offs may have the effect of "tripping" threatening or violent behavior by some persons. There is no better time to review your workplace violence and security programs to reasonably assure that you are addressing your true risks, vulnerabilities and threats.
No canned or off-the-shelf Workplace and Domestic Violence or Harassment Program will adequately and properly address your very unique and particular risks, threats, culture, values, history, functions and budgets. You do not have a true Workplace Violence Program if yours is composed mostly of statements of zero tolerance, banned weapons on site, and/or required reporting of threats or violent acts. Your people will not report just because there is a policy - they must understand why, how, what and when to report.
We are often called following a workplace violence-related incident or when there is a perceived threat, and we advise as to reasonable, prudent and cost effective steps to take that meet your particular needs, values, culture, history, risks, vulnerabilities and budgets.
There are three facets of a proper workplace and domestic violence program, and yours should address each, including:
It is important to note that probably the most common thread found among the major workplace and domestic violence incidents was that people who knew the attacker later stated they knew the attacker was somehow unstable or threatening, and that they expected he or she would eventually cause somebody harm. And yet they never raised their concerns to anyone who could address the escalating problem. This can apply to "domestic spill-over" where current or former spouses or significant others threaten. A secondary common thread was that many incidents followed a poorly handled or emotional termination, lay-off or discipline. Therefore, it is critical to implement a WV program that will foster early reporting of intimidating or threatening behavior, will preserve dignity, and will plan for safely and securely handled triggering events such as terminations, disciplines, lay-offs, refusals of service, etc.
From recent conversations with law enforcement officials, it is clear that one of the unpleasant side effects of our weakened economy is an increase in domestic violence. Such violence sometimes has a way of spilling over into the workplace where, in many cases, an ex or current spouse or girl/boyfriend attempt to harm the person, sometimes causing harm to them and others. The attackers can be relations of patients/customers, contractors or employees. In most cases, persons such as fellow employees who knew the actual or potential victim knew that he or she was concerned over what their threatening relation might do. If these concerns are raised to management, steps can be taken to at least better protect persons on the premises. As with all warning signs of potential workplace violence, getting employees to recognize the warning signs and report their observations and concerns can be invaluable in planning protective and mitigating measures.
It should also be noted that many new state laws expanding rights of guns owners to bring guns onto and into workplaces means that it behooves organizations all the more to have in place a reasonable and prudent workplace violence policy that fairly addresses weapons and protects people.
Organizations that face potential threats or violence arising from cultural differences and misperceptions, including churches, charity organizations and businesses with diverse workforces, should understand how those differences can blow up and how to de-escalate and manage such situations.
We support and assist our clients in meeting the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE) Professional Policy Statement, "Preventing and Addressing Harassment and Aggression in the Workplace."
Our Workplace Violence Prevention and Response services are geared to your unique needs and concerns. They may include:
Our Workplace and School Violence services have included:
We can also help our clients meet the New York State Dept. of Labor - Division of Safety and Health - "Workplace Violence Prevention Requirements for New York State Public Employers" to include:
Please call or write us to discuss the development of a comprehensive Workplace and Domestic Violence Prevention and Response program that will meet your culture, risks, values, needs and budgets.
We can provide a list of clients and professional references upon request.
We are located in the Midwest between Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI close to St. Louis, Madison, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Indianapolis, and support clients throughout North America, Europe and the worldRichard D. Sem, CSC CPPPresident and Workplace Violence ConsultantSem Security Management2133 Ravenswood RoadBurlington, WI 53105P: 262-862-6786FAX: 847-589-8566E-Mail: Dick.Sem@SemSecurity.com
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