Apology and bits & pieces
The first thing I want to do is apologize to all of my readers and those who follow me on social media. I, once again, had issues with Century Link and having internet access. I finally got it resolved, for now. I hope that these disruptions will not be so prevalent in the future.
Secondly, I don’t have a blog necessarily written for today, so I’m going to give you some bits and pieces of security stories and other items that I hope you may find interesting.
As of October 1st, more than 58,000 law enforcement officers had been physically assaulted while the job in the United States. At the same time more than 91 of these brave men and women were killed on the job this year. I do not have the exact numbers on security officers, we should also consider them among the law enforcement community as well.
Have you purchased a copy of the book ‘One is too Many: Recognizing & Preventing Workplace Violence’? It’s available at any of your favorite on-line book stores.
Five Tips on Preventing Workplace Violence
Employer LINC (10/15/2014) Bruce, Philip
Attorney Philip Bruce says there are five things employers can do to balance safety and security and potential legal liability associated with their efforts to prevent workplace violence. Safety must take priority over the desire to reduce legal liability, Bruce says, which means employers must take immediate action when necessary to prevent workplace violence and worry about potential legal liability later. The second tip is to perform background checks while being mindful of the legal restrictions that apply in a given state. For example, many states ban outright employment discrimination on the basis of a criminal record. Third is to create comprehensive security policies and enforce them. Such policies should include topics such as workplace violence, weapons, and bullying. Fourth, employers should work to keep employee morale high for the simple reason that happy employees are less likely to become violent. Finally, employers should handle terminations with care, as they can be a flashpoint for workplace violence. Ensure that more than two people are presenting during the termination and find the best time of the day and week to conduct the termination. Terminations should also be carried out promptly and decisively, rather than allowing the issue to fester.
I have to agree with most of this. But those of you who know me also know that I’m not opposed to bending the rules until they are ready to break to get the job done. You can’t be afraid of being sued over an incident, if you do then you’ll institute stupid policies such as zero tolerance ones. Remember my business book is ‘If it ain’t broke, Break it!’
So far this year I’ve cataloged this number of WPV incidents in the United States, along with the number of dead and wounded. These numbers only record those are in the news and are a far cry from the more than 15 MILLION that are seen every year;
Number of incidents: 132 Arizona:43
67 Dead 168 Wounded
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, blogs, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security arena for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
His latest book ‘one is too Many: Recognizing & Preventing Workplace violence is available for numerous e-book formats. It helps all organizations to reduce their risk and limit their liability of an incident. And it does this by breaking the rules in several ways, as well as following conventional wisdom in others.
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 at 480-251-5197 or Visit his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OneistooMany 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.