Yesterday morning a tragedy occurred in our community and our hearts and prayers go out to the six victims of the shooting in Kennesaw. We were all reminded of the danger of workplace violence and that it can occur in both big and small companies. Having recently signed on a consultant working in the field of Workplace Violence Prevention and Recovery, The Barter Company thought this would be a good time to inform our membership of some basics around preventing and responding to such incidents:
Myth 1: “It won’t happen to me, my company is too small.” In fact, statistics from OSHA indicate that no company regardless of the size is immune from a violent incident.
Myth 2: “We can’t afford a Workplace Violence Prevention Program.” In fact, effective prevention of such incidents does not have to be expensive. In the early stages when there is concern an incident may occur, the most valuable asset is Skilled Advisement from a professional trained in the field of professional security and/or psychology who can quickly assess the concerns and put an action plan in place. This advisement, if done before an incident occurs, does not have to be very expensive and is now available to The Barter Company members.
Myth 3: “The police are not interested until an incident occurs.” This is false. Police today are aware that workplace violence is becoming increasingly common and is responsible for 10% of all workplace deaths. Effective law enforcement is mostly proactive not reactive and your local public safety departments want to be made aware of your concerns in advance.
Myth 4: “Our customers and business will not be affected by an incident.” This is false. Your competitors will have sympathy for your organization briefly. Yet studies have shown that unfortunately, often competitors use the incident as a means to lure your customers away. Like anything in life, prior planning is key. Not having any contingencies for a disaster or an incident of workplace violence can be asking for problems.
Dave Glick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with offices in Marietta and Atlanta. His company Triad EduPsych provides a variety of services to organizations including: Training, Workplace Violence Prevention, Response & Recovery Plans, Executive Coaching and Process Improvement.
Please contact The Barter Company’s office @ (770) 591-4343 to learn how you and your business can greatly benefit from Triad EduPsych’s services. For more information on David Glick and his company, visit www.triadedupsych.com.