I’m fat and I’ll admit it but…

by todaystrainingblog

First of all, I urge you to read the entire post before closing it out, I do have a good point about security to make. I’m normally a fairly realistic person. Pessimistic and fatalistic about most things but for the most part… That’s why I say I’m fat and I’ll admit to it. I try my damnedest not to be in denial because…

At this point I am trying everything I know of to lose the fat once again. Eating less and better. No snacking in the middle of the night or just before going to bed.  More exercise, sleeping at least 6-8 hours, not just 3-5, and a night. I’ve even considered surgery but that wouldn’t do the new/used kidney much good.

When I found out I needed a new kidney they told me I had to lose 80 pounds. And I did. Over the course of 3 years I lost not only 80, but over 100 instead. From March 2011 to September 2014 I went from 287 to 178 after the transplant! WOW I hadn’t been that low since high school, and that was a loooong time ago! But now I’m back up to 230 something.

I’m fat and I know it. If I can admit something that personal here in front of everyone, why do business leaders continue to deny the existence of workplace violence (WPV) within their company, industry, municipality, state, or region of the country? It seems to me to be, pardon me for being blunt, just plain idiocy, denial, or possibly delusional?

An owner I encountered said they don’t have a problem with it, but on the advice of their legal department, directly after San Bernardino, I conducted a workshop for the employees, supervisors, & managers, I stayed for an extra 2 hours to answer questions.

The owner may have been in denial. However, his employees were worried about…something.

It is still amazing to me, one of the few things that I do still get surprised about, is that people with all of this business acumen, expertise, MBA’s, and such deny that WPV can actually occur in their business. And then it happens and they say…”I didn’t think…”

And that’s exactly the point, they didn’t think. About anything but their own ROI and how the shareholders would react to spending financial resources on this kind of financial toilet. Security, and in this case WPV, doesn’t have a good ROI therefore it’s a cost center not a profit center. But is that really the truth? The unequivocal answer is No.

They say “Show me the statistics, facts, & figures and maybe…” Then the statistics, facts, figures, which they supposedly paying close attention to according to their MBA’s & the facts don’t lie, are right in front of them. And what do they say about the facts then? Nothing except the customary platitude “It can’t happen here, so why worry?”

It is true that a deadly incident of WPV doesn’t happen very often. It’s more likely to be in lost productivity, investigations, paperwork, & just plain time wasted on doing these things. And usually it’s because of a fist fight, bomb threat, harassment, or bullying.

So the key question to ensure that managers, owners, & those in the C-suite understand is this; Can you afford an insurance rate hike and the bad publicity that comes from an EEOC complaint, law suit over an incident of harassment or physical injury, lack of security, lack of training, supervisory negligence (read management), or inadequate security? Any and all of these are possible with an instance of WPV, which I will reiterate occurs 15 million times a year.

Do you, the manager, owner, or exec want to tell a fresh faced innocent little child that their mommy or daddy isn’t coming home because you tried to deny something that would cost money you had but didn’t want to spend?

Honestly, how many of us want to face anyone and answer those questions. I can guarantee you that only 1 in a million people will say they’ll do it. As hard-nosed, direct, blunt, & rough cut as I am I surely would not want to face that child and tell them that about their mommy or daddy. Would you?


Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on security issues, specifically workplace violence. He’s spent nearly 33 years in the security field. Visit his Facebook page, One is too Many, where you will read about other items related to security & WPV issues. Or be a twitter follower at @robertsollars2.

                                     I May be Blind but my Vision is Crystal Clear