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Workplace Violence, Situational Awareness And Creating A SAFE Workplace

These days it seems like workplace violence is on the increase, but generally speaking, violent crime is down in the USA and Canada.

It is however, unfortunate that the availability of automatic weapons in the USA makes it easier for disturbed of malevolent individuals to harm MORE people, more quickly.

In any event, ALL workplaces should have proper procedures in place in case of emergencies, both to use when employees feel threatened, and/or when there is actual violence taking place.

Not only do those procedures need to be clear, and consistently applied, but they need to be practiced.

No doubt you've heard of the flight or flight reaction to danger, but in fact, there's another one -- FREEZE, which occurs, and is an put people in jeopardy. When faced with actual violence, or potential violence, people FREEZE first, and that's the critical risk time.

For that reasons, practice is required.

A Special Note for Small Businesses

Small businesses are the worst prepared for violence, and are often the types of businesses targeted by criminals. If you don't know how to make your workplace safer, consult your local law enforcement department for help, which they will gladly provide.



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