Do you have violence response procedures in place at your organization?
In light of recent news events, I am always amazed when the answer to this question is “No, we don’t.” It begs the question, Why not?
What stands in the way of an organization—be it a retailer, an institute of higher learning, a manufacturer, or a government agency—establishing a protocol for its employees to use in the event of violence at work? What roadblocks are security, human resources, and health & safety committees facing?
Backing up a step—and for those who don’t have definitions to workplace violence and/or workplace harassment/bullying—what are the roadblocks you face with setting a definition to the behavior?
We at CPI are continually looking at ways to help our current and prospective customers. We truly have a passion for helping create safer work environments. Thus, to help us focus our efforts, please share with us your answers to the above questions, and to these too:
- What are the roadblocks you face?
- Is it lack of tangible return on investment (ROI)? Is it lack of leadership support?
- Is it complacency to the myth of “It’ll never happen here”?
- Is it lack of understanding the impact an incident will have on budget, reputation, retention, and morale?
Please share your thoughts or insights as to why your organization doesn’t have definitions, policies, and/or procedures in place. And if it does, please tell us about the roadblocks you faced, and how you overcame them. This will help us help your organization as well as others—so that together we can increase safety for everyone!