William F. Badzmierowski, M.ED., CSW Director of Instructor Services for CPI has written a great article on workplace violence and its prevention.
“The tragic shooting in Connecticut once again brings workplace violence to the forefront of organizations worldwide. This incident reminds all of us of the critical importance of prevention, preparation, and planning to respond to any kind of emergency, including violence. ”
Mr. Badzmierowski continues on to say that…
“Organizations need to establish one or more committees responsible for workplace violence prevention and response as well as associated policies, practices, training programs, emergency drills, and ongoing follow up and evaluation. The committee should consist of representatives from management; human resources, employee assistance, frontline employees, legal counsel, and any other organization-specific roles that should be included. The committee should represent stakeholders at every level of the organization. These may include union representatives, media relations specialists, risk management personnel, loss prevention, and security.”
There are many myths associated with workplace violence. Every organization needs to be committed to a comprehensive and ongoing process of assessment, planning, communication, training, and follow-up supported by policies and procedures. Only this commitment can effectively prevent workplace violence.