Workplace Violence Is Real
Date: Wednesday, September 23 @ 20:24:57 PDT

Consultant's Perspective...

Merely having a workplace violence prevention policy does not do enough to address the need. Proactive prevention strategies must include new employee orientations and continuing education at all levels of the organization. Such proactive measures must not sugar coat the realities by pretending there are no problems, avoiding to address past incidents and how they were resolved as valued-added prevention training, identification of risk factors, recognition of hazards, reporting and proper assessment of at risk situations. Training though helpful must not be the end to the means, it must be supported by a range of programs including ongoing physical security and personnel assessments, conduct accountability, leadership responsibilities and consequences.

Workplace Violence Prevention is a real workplace safety and security issue worth your continued discussion and management commitment. I will not bore nor scare you with statistics, suffice to say the incidents that lead to aggressive behavior are real. Truthfully, who cares about statistics when it comes to personal safety? Here is why passion drives the commitment.

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New Haven Police Chief James Lewis said Le's death was a case of workplace violence and elaborated little except to say reports that the two had a romantic relationship were untrue "to my knowledge."

"It is important to note that this is not about urban crime, university crime, domestic crime but an issue of workplace violence, which is becoming a growing concern around the country," Lewis said, adding he wasn't ruling out additional charges.

While any prudent person would agree that supervisors, company/organizational/agency administrators and managers have a responsibility to address the issue of workplace safety…routinely, therein lies the problem. How and where do they go to routinely acquire the so called expertise necessary to address safety and security without the benefit of situational expertise? Spending your resources to receive lectures on theories without situational application just are insufficient to engender credibility or ownership in the outcome. Statistics are go but they never harmed anyone nor caused workplace disruptions. No one disqualifies the genuine efforts of the experts but rather, question whether the content is suitable for real world applications. We need discussions that drive home the point of personal responsibility and accountability in the face of a lack luster response by employers.

There is no question in my mind that the employer's swiftest route to an employee's family filing of a wrongful death or serious civil liability suit in the workplace is through a documented lack of care of concern and failure to recognize workplace hazards that place your employees and others at risk. The problem is that until some one in a leadership position is a victim nothing will change.

Supervisors, staff and employees should not be left to manage threats to their safety on their own. This in fact epitomizes the hypocrisy of the situation. OSHA clearly states that employers are expected to provide safe and secure workplaces devoid of any hazards that place employees at risk and must eliminate those hazards. Well, if an employee reports such a condition to a superior and they shame the employee rather than doing something about it, document the situation and the resulting response and ask for corrective action.

Remember, if security is suppose to be everyone's responsibility let's share the burden by making a commitment to workplace safety, of your own volition that shows concern and not a reaction to mandates or news reports.

Nater Associates, Ltd.
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