Workplace Violence

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Realtor’s Beware: 3 Security Tips for Real Estate Agents

27 September in Personal Safety, Workplace Violence

The year was 1986 and I was a first office FBI Special Agent in Atlanta, GA. It was the same year I bought my first house. I remember working with a great realtor and the excitement that amassed when she provided me with the house keys after all the documents were signed at closing. I’d have to say my realtor experience was a good one that totally assuaged my adulthood fears of home buying. But my association with realtors didn’t end there. That same year on...

Run, Hide and Fortify®: A Recommended Approach for Businesses

27 September in Business Continuity Planning, Corporate Security, Crisis Response, Personal Safety, Security Consulting, Travel Safety, Workplace Violence

John Farrar, our guest blogger this month, brings us the final article in the Run, Hide and Fortify® series. This article concentrates on businesses pre-planning for the worst-case scenarios - A recommended approach for Businesses. Businesses that take steps to prepare for the types of incidents discussed in Article I and II of this series, will find a carry over to improvements in their overall functioning to other types of events and increased business resiliency. People would be surprised to know how many...

Run, Hide and Fortify®: The keys to survival in an Active Shooter Incident

27 September in Corporate Security, Crisis Response, Travel Safety, Workplace Violence

John Farrar is our guest blogger this month with a three-part series that will cover topics such as how to respond and what to do in an Active Shooter Incident (Part One), Individual Preparation and Situational Awareness when situations arise (Part Two) and finally A Recommended approach for Business continuity planning to deal with potential threats to a company be it manmade or a natural disaster (Part Three). Introduction The concept of “Active Shootings” is rapidly going the same route as the concept of Terrorism with multiple...

Can Domestic Violence Impact Your Business?

27 September in Workplace Violence

Did you know that 21% of full-time employed adults report being the victim of domestic violence? Interestingly, 64% of those same adults has stated their work performance suffered as a result of domestic abuse. Our society has clearly shifted the paradigm through which we view the issue of domestic violence, and how we deal with this issue in the workplace. On March 8, 2013, President Obama signed into law the expanded version of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWRA) of 1994.   Originally enacted in 1994,...

Reducing Workplace Violence Through Training

27 September in Workplace Violence

In my first supervisory role many years ago, I was delighted to learn that generally my subordinates were anxious to do the right thing and only needed clear communication of my expectations to diligently go in the direction of the organization’s vision. I’ve now seen that behavior repeatedly throughout my career. People generally want to do the right thing. So I ask you, on the issue of workplace violence, have you clearly communicated your expectations that employees report threatening behavior? Have you clearly communicated what behaviors are possible...

Define the Issue, Defend Your Business

27 September in Personal Safety, Workplace Violence

“Rogue cop, fugitive officer, cop killer”; all words used in describing the hunt for former Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Dorner, wanted for the ambush killings of three people, one a Riverside, CA police officer.  Much of the media coverage has been committed to the lengthy online social media posting by Dorner prior to his attacks laying out the events that caused him to take his chosen actions to right his perceived wrongs.  The media refer to the document as the “manifesto”.  In all...