The Changing Attitudes of Workplace Violence
Attitudes are changing about workplace violence (WPV).It’s a slow process, but things are starting to change for the better in preventing this crime.
An article by one of the nation’s foremost authorities on WPV, Steve Albrecht, states that the normal path of action for threats of violence in a business are changing. The cease & desist order letter is going away.
Again, this letter, long a standard with legal departments across the country, has been found to be virtually an impotent and not as much a deterrent as once thought. The article brief is below.
It’s also interesting to note that some businesses and organizations are actually beginning to believe that it can happen to them. More companies are beginning to develop and implement disaster recovery plans specifically for workplace violence. Additionally, they are also training their employees in this issue as well.
I don’t believe that they are moving fast enough in this aspect, but at least they are moving in the right direction. And the direction is the correct one, even if it is meandering like a school kid afraid of telling their parents about getting into trouble by shooting spit wads at the teacher.
Yes, WPV is something that occurs everywhere. It can strike a business and force it to shut its doors. And worse, it can force families to bury loved ones. From sons and daughters to mothers, fathers, and grandparents.
The perception of most employees is that their employers simply don’t care about preventing WPV. The Allied-Barton survey in 2010 stated that only 17% of employees believe that their employer has a commitment in preventing an incident of WPV!
Cease and Desist: Empty Words without Action
SecurityInfoWatch.com (08/04/14) Albrecht, Steve
Steve Albrecht, an expert on the issues of workplace and school violence, says that the commonly used tactic of sending cease-and-desist letters to individuals who threaten a company or its employees is often ineffective and can be counterproductive. Albrecht says there are different kinds of “threatens,” from disgruntled former employees and vendors, to aggrieved customers or an employee’s abusive domestic partner. Their methods of making threats will often signal how dangerous they actually are: those who hide behind anonymous e-mails or phone calls are likely to be persistent but pose no serious threat to physical safety, while those who identify themselves or even make their threats in person on company property can be very dangerous. A common tactic deployed by company counsel to counter threatener’s is sending “strongly worded” cease-and-desist letters that threaten some form of legal action, from a temporary restraining order to seeking the threatener’s arrest, should they fail to comply. However, Albrecht says that unless the legal threats in these letters are followed through, they may end up only inciting the threatener to make more threats. For this reason, Albrecht recommends reserving cease-and-desist letters for serious cases and following up with the promised legal action if the threats do not stop.
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