News stories covering incidents of violence in the workplace have become unsettlingly common in today’s struggling society. With a heightened sense of awareness and sensitivity leaving common citizens questioning how to prevent these tragic events, Bomar Security and Investigation has five tips on how to protect your workplace and employees from violence and property damage. Unfortunately, it seems as if violence has become a threat to almost every public gathering ranging from malls, schools, office buildings, and churches. These tips are simple steps you can implement immediately to ensure safety and limit your risk of encountering these unfortunate events at your workplace.
#1) Know who you are working with
A background check is quick and effective way to gain insight into the employees you currently have on staff and plan to hire in the future. This is a relatively inexpensive way to screen applicants to make sure you are hiring quality employees. You can hire an outside agent to conduct background checks or utilize websites like GoodHire.com to do it yourself.
#2) Train your managers to detect the early signs
Proper training on how to detect the early signs of workplace violence can allow upper levels of management to take the necessary steps towards prevention. Being prepared and able to detect cues is the best way to protect your workplace and employees. This small investment can prove to be life-saving in the future. Encouraging communication is a great way to detect suspicious behavior or illegal activity. Employees should be encouraged to report this type of behavior to the upper levels of management without hesitation.
#3) Develop an emergency exit procedure
As earlier mentioned, being prepared for an emergency is often the best way to avoid an emergency situation. An emergency exit procedure is designed to inform employees how to proceed in the case of an emergency. Similar to a fire escape plan, the emergency exit procedure should consider the various risks and reactions necessary to limit loss in the unfortunate event that violence does occur. Using a site map, have an open discussion with your employs about what each individual would do in the event that something happened. Giving thought to potential situations like these ahead of time could be the difference between life and death in the future.
#4) Handling the termination of employees properly
One of the most common causes of workplace violence is employee grievance as a result of termination. Just as your company has a procedure for the hiring of employees, you should have a plan for the termination of an employee. Be sure to create an environment that defuses the heightened tension a termination can create by approaching the situation in a calm manner that conveys a genuine attitude towards your employee. In some cases, providing the employee with healthy tools to cope with job loss can be a great way of limiting the risk of violence.
#5) Consider additional security measures
Depending on the nature of your business, additional security may be a viable option to providing a secure workplace and contribute to operations efficiency. Innovations in video surveillance now make it possible to collect a return on investment by utilizing the equipment not only to record in the case of an unwanted event, but to detect the event in real time and prevent it from ever happening. This is done using IBM analytics and the Bomar Security and Investigation Command Center. The innovation in technology allows the cameras to understand the context of what is happening and alert a guard to take the appropriate action; whether that is sending a mobile unit or notifying the police. This new advancement, Verification Surveillance, takes video surveillance from reactive to proactive.
Bomar Security and Investigation offers consultative services to help protect your workplace and create a safe environment for your employees. Taking these steps can make a significant difference in preventing violence from occurring in your workplace. If you have any questions or you are interested in talking to an expert, please contact our office at (805) 928-5222 to speak with John Page.