Workplace violence is no laughing matter. On January 8, 2014, Emily Liner and Marty Coolidge attended the lunch and learn presentation of Johnny Lee – “Workplace Violence Prevention” at the Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA monthly meeting. Johnny manages to make this topic accessible and relevant, while keeping his presentation entertaining and energetic. He is the Director of Peace@Work, an agency dedicated to the prevention of violence in and throughout the workplace. Johnny presented an insightful lesson on the types of workplace violence; a framework for performing a risk assessment on your workplace; considerations for how to assess specific threats.
In summary, workplace violence is larger than just the concept of employee on employee violence. Workplace violence includes suicides and even domestic violence that impacts workplace performance. It may be impossible to completely eliminate workplace violence, but the risks can surely be managed and threats softened significantly by performing a proper and thorough risk assessment and threat assessment, when appropriate. The key takeaways from Mr. Lee’s presentation were to thicken your understanding of what is contained by workplace violence and be proactive through risk and threat assessment.
Facility Management is a profession that encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality of the built environment by integrating people, place, process, and technology. The Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA has evolved over the years since the chapter’s revitalization in the late 1990’s. It has become a consistent and reliable news source designed to educate and communicate with chapter members and local facilities professionals. Through dedication and commitment of volunteers, the Greater Triangle Chapter of IFMA is confident that they will continue to evolve and help keep members active, educated, involved and informed.