Human Resources Intervention Prevents Workplace Violence

27 September in Workplace Violence

After we hear about sensational cases of workplace violence, we frequently see co-workers and neighbors interviewed on TV, steadfastly testifying to the camera, “He just snapped. I never saw it coming”. More likely, the incident occurred after a long and obvious series of escalation points. We call them pre-incident indicators and almost always precede an incident of workplace violence. Violence obviously can occur in a single unpredictable incident. However, in the vast majority of cases, violence follows a continuum of behavior: Discourteous behavior can evolve into...

The Realities of Workplace Violence

27 September in Personal Safety, Workplace Violence

We hear a lot about workplace violence involving disgruntled former employees who decide to make a violent strike.  In fact, it’s more common for current employees to act out their anger in the workplace.  Here are some current statistics from The Bureau of Labor Statistics: 43 percent of workplace homicides involve current employees. 22 percent of workplace homicides are committed by former employees. 21 percent of workplace killings involve domestic violence that is carried out at the workplace. 14 percent of workplace killings are committed...

Today December 14, 2012: A Day Like No Other Day As Tragedy Strikes Again

27 September in Personal Safety, School Safety

Today started like any other Friday: up by 6:00 am, coffee, breakfast and then to the office. With no meetings or appointments to attend, today should have been a day to wrap up the week and focus on the holiday shopping season, send out the last Christmas cards and think of special holiday time with family during the next two weeks. Soon after my arrival to the office, it became very real to me that this was no normal Friday. School Violence and School Shootings, Happen...

Holiday Cargo Security

27 September in Cargo Security

While the holiday season is a time of joy and merriment, for shippers, this time of year is marked by  increased traffic congestion, crowded truck stops, and a dramatic increase in cargo thefts.  Although any cargo is at risk, the most frequently targeted cargo contents are food, electronics, metals, and clothing.  Cargo theft costs the nation $35 billion annually and is a growing nationwide concern.  Loss is preventable with just a few easy shipping precautions. Tips for Security Conscious Shippers: Evaluate truck yards in use by your...

Parents: The FBI’s Child ID App – Puts Safety in Your Hands

27 September in Personal Safety

Attribution: This blog post comes courtesy of the FBI. The organization has developed and launched a child safety app for parents that can now be used on a wide variety of mobile devices. This free app puts safety in the hands of parents. Read on: A parent's worst nightmare You’re shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do? Now there’s a free new tool from the FBI that can help. The FBI...

Ten Tips to Safely Announce a Reduction in Force (RIF)

27 September in Corporate Security

We are closing out 2012 amid financial uncertainty. Our political leaders are trying to reach an agreement to reign in run-away government spending and increase insufficient government revenues and begin to gain control over our ever-growing national debt. We face the very real possibility that the U.S. economy may suffer and potentially drift backward into recession in 2013. Coupled with the unknown impact of the implementation of national health care, our uncertain financial times are causing many businesses both large and small to pare back...