This Attitude is the Most Dangerous for WPV
Some people will, and laugh, at me for saying what I’m about to write about in this post. But it is true that I parrot it every time there is a workplace violence (WPV) incident. And nobody really wants to listen. That is until I start naming the things that make this the most dangerous attitude.
The worst part of it is that owners, managers, shareholders, and everyone else involved don’t want to know about it. That is until an incident occurs. Then all hell breaks loose and the accusations start to fly. Then they’ll wring their hands and wail and moan that they didn’t see it coming and there was nothing they could have done – oh woe is me woe is me whatever shall we do!
So what is this attitude that makes me so upset at the media and those who deny the fact that it happen in their business? It is three little letters or words if you will. CHH or Can’t Happen Here!
By saying this, or even denying the fact of WPV, It takes away all the problems and simply says that if you treat your employees so much better than other companies, that it Can’t Happen Here. Telling yourself that an incident can’t happen to you, your employees, and your business is like saying that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (or the team you like the best) won’t lose. It will happen, whether you want it to or not.
Sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich, is not a good idea in the instance of WPV and the world we live in today, you can get bit in the butt! And what usually happens when you get bit in the butt because you weren’t being cautious enough?
If you didn’t pay attention to the cash flow in your company or facility, how long would you be in business or have a job? And while this isn’t the cold war of the late 40’s to the late 80’s, there is no more trying to hide from it. Because the longer you ignore the problem, the more likely you’re gonna get bit.
Just like with a heart attack or stroke, you have to try and mitigate the risks of actually having one. But you can’t do that if you are sticking your head in the sand and ignoring the potential problems. Not to mention the warning signs of a potentially violent employee, significant other, or customer.
Too many companies believe that if they treat their employees with respect, perqs, and the like they wouldn’t do anything violent in the office or factory. And while this may be true, you have to think about what happens away from work and the stress levels they are under from innumerable sources.
And just remember, WPV isn’t just murder. Whether it’s deadly or not, who knows? Will it cause injury, who knows? Will it cost you or an employee money? More than likely. And those costs could be in the recruiting process, extra security measures, lawsuits, lost wages, medical bills, and innumerable other expenses that’ll come up as you get into further trying to recover from the incident.
The one thing that you absolutely have to do is complete a vulnerability assessment of your employees and business. It can be kept quiet if you already have union issues or the employees distrust you – which is a definite warning sign in and of itself.
And the last thing for me to leave you with for now is the other line I trumpet to all who will listen: Any time, anywhere, for any reason, to anyone.
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on workplace violence prevention and other security issues. With numerous interviews, a twice weekly blog, articles, and 2 books he has proven himself in the security field for more than 31 years, and 23 studying workplace violence issues.
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