So It Doesn’t Affect You?
50% of all employees are affected by workplace violence (WPV). And worse, 10% of all employees are assaulted, either verbally or physically, at work every year.
You say those numbers don’t affect you at all because it’s never happened in your place of employment. Besides you and management both agree ‘It Can’t Happen Here’, right? Unfortunately, it does and probably has happened to you.
However, if you look at the group most likely to perpetrate an incident, I’d wager that mst people in the company would know them. That’s because it’s a former or current employee. And that person may be a friend or close aquaintence. And you may be targeted because you’re happy and still working.
There are several things that can cause or help to prevent an incident. And you have read these over the past month or so. The Power of Documentation (November 12) can assist in both the termination and increased security costs. Then there is the Corporate Culture(November 12 &21).
Then there is the economic factors to consider if you don’t want it to affect you. Each act of fatal WPV will cost the company more than $5.6 million per employee. If multiple employees are murdered, then the cost can easily rise to well over $15 million. And this doesn’t reflect the associated costs!
What are those you ask? Let me elaborate a bit with a couple
• Replacing windows or doors
• Replacing carpet
• Repairing walls
• Cleaning up blood stains and etc.
• Replacing machinery or other instruments
• Increased insurance costs
• The shut down of the facility/business for seveal days
Is that enough to convince you? It can affect your pockets and your ability to provide for your family. And if you happen to be the one murdered… how will the family keep going without your income and livelihood?
WPV is one of those things that every employer dreads yet avoids because they do not know how to deal with it. And ignoring it and sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich just doesn’t work. There are plenty of lawyers out there that would love to get you on the witnesss stand and have you explain why you didn’t do anything to prevent an incident.
As our culture in the United States continues to move towards a more ‘Me First’ attitude and becoming divided over socio-economic-political issues, the more likely that WPV will also continue to grow. And with that we have a multitude of mothers, fathers, siblings, wives, husbands, and children will be left without a loved one and wondering what went wrong. Do you wish to see them on TV crying about someone they loved?
The number of WPV incidents will continue to grow from the 15 million to who knows how high. And it will come from the reasons and warning signs that exist now. What we as business owners and security professionals need to do is simple;
• We need to learn to recognize the warning signs
• Increase the security of our business
• Teach the issue to employees
• Work with anyone who can help us prevent 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 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.