What do you think is your company’s greatest threat?
A survey from Pinkerton states the top threat for corporate businesses is workplace violence.
What is Workplace Violence?
Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers consisting of verbal threats and abuse, physical threats or attacks, and homicide resulting in injury, property damage, fear, or work impediment. OSHA estimates 2 million people experience workplace violence each year.
The worst type of workplace violence is an active shooter event. A Securitas survey ranked workplace violence as number four in their list of workplace threats and active shooter events as number six. This isn’t surprising, considering the FBI’s Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2019 identified 333 active shooter incidents, of which 127 occurred in a commercial environment. Mass shootings have also been increasing almost every year, steeply increasing in 2020, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.
What are the chances workplace violence will occur in your workplace? “About half (48 percent) of surveyed HR professionals said their organization had at some point experienced workplace violence,” according to research by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Employees have noticed the higher stress environment too – 1 in 7 employees feels unsafe at work.
How Can You Mitigate This Risk?
Workplace violence training can help. When organizations had training in place, 87% of employees knew how to respond. Only 54% of employees knew what to do without workplace violence training.
Having a training program in place can also make your employees feel safer. According to SHRM, 82% of 545 employees surveyed by NORC at the University of Chicago reported feeling safer in organizations that provide programs to prevent workplace violence and train employees to respond to violent incidents.
Comprehensive Workplace Violence and Active Shooter Preparedness Training
Want to put yourself and your employees at ease?
TPOP’s active shooter preparedness training course “Think and Survive” will teach your employees about situational awareness, verbal de-escalation, the Run, Hide Fight methodology and more in less than one hour. The training can be accessed from any internet-enabled device and can be customized for your industry. Content is delivered in 1–2-minute videos with a 1 question quiz at the end of each section to ensure comprehension.
Let’s talk about mitigating your workplace’s risk today.