Mass murders on the job by disgruntled employees are media-intensive events. However, these mass murders, while serious, are relatively infrequent events. Workplace violence can be threats, harassment, bullying, domestic violence, stalking, emotional abuse, intimidation, and other forms of behavior and physical violence that, if left unchecked, may result in more serious violent behavior. These are the behaviors that supervisors and managers have to deal with every day. (https://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/workplace-violence)
Workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide. (https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/index.html)
What we do
There are a few keys to dealing with violence in the workplace: establishing effective policies, developing awareness and training, and implementing clear and practiced responses when needed. Protus3 helps companies in any or all of these areas.
Establishing effective policies comes down to understanding what events are likely to evoke violent reactions, which employees are particularly susceptible to violence, and how best to mitigate that risk. Effective policies help human resources, legal counsel, operations, management, and security work together to protect the company. We help teams establish programs to help predict and prevent violence.
Training helps employees respond rather than react in a moment when it is particularly hard to think rationally. Managers without proper training report feeling genuinely scared and unsure of what to do. Proper training helps them respond confidently at the moment when their response is crucial.
Protus3 offers an entire division of security experts, design experts, and former law enforcement, complete with thousands of hours of professional law enforcement, security and military training.