This summer, there have been two high-profile tragic workplace violence incidents: a July shooting where an employee at a New Mexico fiber optics company shot and killed two people and wounded four others in an act of violence against his girlfriend, also an employee. Then, in early August, a recently fired employee of a New England beer distributor went on a shooting rampage that left eight people dead before he took his own life.
In light of these tragedies, today’s tip comes from a client – Fisher & Phillips LLC, an employment law firm in Phoenix, and is focused on helping our readers prepare for something we hope you never have to face – workplace violence.
Some tips from their team:
“Simply discussing and publicizing the workplace violence zero-tolerance policy is not always enough. In fact, many forward-thinking businesses develop training programs specifically geared toward workplace violence education,” said Chris Mason, a partner in Fisher & Phillips’ Phoenix office.
According to Mason, training programs should include:
Workplace violence cannot always be avoided. But making workplace violence policies, procedures and training a priority are effective ways to reduce your business and your employees’ risk of danger on the job.