The Prep Work

Lesson 2: Topic 2 of 6

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The key to successfully countering workplace violence is to be proactive. There must be demonstrated commitment from senior staff to address it. Part of that commitment is planning for it and then communicating that plan to staff. No, you cannot anticipate every eventuality, so you plan for what you know right now. 

One of the first things to consider is this: what happens to your business if an attack does occur? Have you thought through the possibilities of loss of key figures, loss of the use of the facility, or other disruptions? If it’s a residential facility, what happens to the people who’ve been living there? Do you have the ability to move offsite or allow employees to work remotely if your regular workplace is rendered unusable? Regardless of whether these losses are temporary or permanent, you must envision them so as to be ready for them.