Any idea that is not absurd is not worth considering!
This quote was uttered by one of the greatest minds of the 20th century and one of the greatest scientists of all time, Albert Einstein. If you think to all the grandiose theories that he proposed in his life and actually proved beyond a serious doubt. And his discoveries are still being taught today!
Yet when he proposed them, starting in the early part of the 20th century, he was considered a crack-pot by most everyone. Even most of his colleagues thought he was a tad bit ‘out there’ with some of his theories. Theories he couldn’t possibly prove. Yet he persisted and he was proven correct.
The same holds true with workplace violence (WPV) and other security issues. WPV is an idea that 99% of all people don’t even consider it a threat or a remote possibility. And while the threat of firearms in the business may be a rare event, the other incidences of WPV can lead to violence outside the business as well, as seen in Daytona Beach, FL. On June 20th.
A 40-year-old man was fired for consistently being late for work and being high on drugs while at work. He went and set his bosses house and car on fire at the boss’s home. This was away from work therefore WPV occurs away from the job site as well.
So if you take this into our realm of security and WPV, you can see that the idea of protecting and saving the lives of our employees (not to mention loved ones, friends, colleagues, and so on) is a totally absurd idea. And worse is the idea of spending money on such an outlandish and absurd idea! And worse, why train people on something that is so absurd, it’s a waste of time and resources!
And while business owners and managers are not stupid, many times they lack the foresight needed to combat this deadly and financially draining concern. Somehow we need to convince them that they need to listen and take the proactive steps to protect their investments, businesses, financial resources, employees, friends, and family members in preventing, or at the very least limiting the liability and reducing the risk of an incident.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books, the latest being ‘One is too Many: Recognizing & preventing Workplace Violence’, he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
He utilizes his years of field knowledge to give real life examples of incidents pulled from both his own experiences and the news headlines. Contact him through his Facebook page at One is too Many. Here you will see and read about other items related to WPV/SV as well as incidents you may not have heard or thought about.