Workplace Violence Protection
We have provided responsive, professional workplace violence protection services to small and large organizations for more than 20 years. In the past two years alone, we’ve conducted more than 20 workplace violence protection details.
What Is Workplace Violence?
Workplace violence is a tremendous problem—27% of businesses have experienced at least one workplace violence incident within the past five years, and more than 2 million people each year are affected by it. However, many companies don’t recognize the threat and/or underestimate their potential to face a threat or incident. At Graves-Wiley, we know how to evaluate possible threats to people or property, and our protection details ensure that executives, employees, and their facilities stay safe.
Unfortunately, some employees become enraged and violent on learning they are being fired. If you are a business owner, you need to protect yourself and your other employees from any threat from the terminated individual—both on the day of termination and the weeks that follow. At Graves-Wiley, we are experts at providing discreet, professional protection during difficult terminations. In addition, we dedicate our surveillance personnel to monitoring the individual after the termination if concern exists for employee or property safety.
Other Types of Workplace Violence
Hostile terminations aren’t the only type of workplace violence, though. Irate customers sometimes release their anger in violent actions toward employees or property. Personal relationship troubles frequently spill over into the workplace, overwhelmingly affecting women. Nowadays, it seems the threat of an active shooter is a persistent fear due to a seeming upswing in multiple victim shooting attacks.
Recognizing Potential Danger from Workplace Violence
While there is no way to predict violence with 100% accuracy, there are indicators and signs that can suggest the potential for workplace violence. By being alert to the risk factors and concerning behaviors, employers can attempt to address problem areas in hopes of heading off violence.
Indicators that an employee may be prone to workplace violence include:
Verbal threats to employees in person or via email or text
Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
Changes in behavior or unexplained decline in job performance
Resistance to changes at work
Persistent complaining about unfair treatment
Violation of company policies
Obvious mood swings
Expressed fascination with violence
Indicators that a workplace may be more likely to face violence from an outside attacker:
Employees work alone or late at night
The facility is in a high crime area or isolated area
The business is open to the public (retail, medical, hospitality, etc.)
Alcohol is served in the workplace (such as restaurants and bars)
Employees deliver passengers, goods, or services
Employees deliver services in people’s neighborhoods or homes (visiting nurses, probation officers, utility workers, etc.)
Please give us a call if you have any concern about your company’s preparedness for unexpected workplace violence, you are anticipating trouble when letting an employee go, or you want to learn more about how to recognize the signs of potential problems. We will do everything in our power to keep you, your employees, and your property safe.
Every year, at least two million Americans experience workplace violence.
In 2014, 409 people were fatally injured in workplace attacks.
Workplace violence is the third leading cause of death for healthcare workers, educators, law enforcement, and media professionals.
Rates of workplace violence are higher for government employees.
78% of workplace violence is directed at white workers; African American and Hispanic/Latino employees both experience under 10%.
You can entrust your investigative and protective needs to us. We get it right, every time.
For more information about how we can help you, contact us today at 1.800.683.2173.