What actually constitutes WPV/SV?
When I first started talking about what I perceived workplace violence (WPV and school violence (SV) to be I got some very quizzical looks. And I could feel that some were ready to put mne in the looney bin. This was mainly because my views were about 4 years ahead of the public and even some security professionals.
One thing that I believe we can all agree on is the fact that WPV and SV can happen to anyone, at any time, for any reason. The one thing that most people have a hard time wrapping their minds around is the fact that it can happen any where as well.
And yes I mean any where. And I’m not talking just about the business or school campus. Quite the contrary, I’m saying that these violent incidents can happen even away from the campus or business property. I have numerous incidents that were perpetrated away from the business and school campus, but were related to those places.
In 2012 in Peoria, AZ. A man threw 2 pipe bombs into the driveway of another man hoping to ignite an explosion of the vehicle parked there. Why? Because both men had been arguing and feuding at work for a number of years. This is WPV
And how many times have you heard about a student being beaten up on a school bus? How about on the way home from school? An incident in Kansas City, MO. Illustrates my point.
3 teenagers had been arguing at school over something. 2 of the teenagers went to the other boys home, aftert school, and set him on fire in retaliation. That is SV.
So many WPV and SV incidents are completely swept under the rug, and the publics eye, because they occur of property. And the media doesn’t report them as such, nor are they included in the official government statistics. All because of where they occur.
If it starts or ends because of an event at work or school, then it is an incident of WPV/SV. If the argument started at a park on the way to school and then boils over at school, it’s SV. If an disagreement between co-workers and neighbors happens at work and then they get into a fight at home because of it , it is WPV.
The question, other than explanations of what WPV/SV really constitutes, iswhat the actual economic cost to the business, employees, and other American businesses. The cost goes much higher if you include these events. They are just as much the issue as theother incidents.
As security professionals, we have the power to at least try and help our kids and co-workers while they commute or at home. We can offer advice on safety and security and even help them resolve the issue, through HR, EAP, or other assistence.
Are we afraid of being sued by helping too much? Are we afraid of becoming the target? Are we just plain of afraid of anything we can’t put our fingers on and control?I think the question should be if we’re afraid of not doing enough to protect them. HR, management, & legal need to understand that if we do help by offering advice, then we can avoid employee/student problems later. And before you begin scoffing remember my favorite business book ‘If it ain’t broke, break it!’
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.
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