Workplace violence is on the rise, but a safety policy that addresses security, culture, and management can help mitigate the risk.
By Marta Chmielowicz
For Jill Geimer and many other HR executives, February 15, 2019 is a day that will be hard to forget. According to reports from The Washington Post, after being terminated from his position at Henry Pratt manufacturing company in Aurora, Ill., employee Gary Martin opened fire, killing five people and wounding six others. This hit particularly close to home for Geimer, whose company, Ecentria Group, houses a large inventory warehouse in the region.
Five steps to ensure employee safety through location awareness and active shooter preparedness drills.
By Cara Antonacci
Executives, HR leaders, and security professionals have a “duty of care” to uphold to keep their people safe. Given the increased prevalence of workplace violence and active shooter situations, this responsibility has only been magnified. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16,890 workers in the private industry experienced trauma from nonfatal workplace violence in 2016. To compound that issue, the workforce is becoming increasingly mobile and remote. In fact, IDC predicts that 72 percent of workers will be mobile in some capacity by 2020. Employees are more vulnerable than ever to global travel, security, and safety risks, and many HR departments are unsure about where to begin to secure the safety of their entire organization.
By Elliot H. Clark
On February 15, 2019, a terminated employee at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, shot and killed the company’s HR manager, Clayton Parks, and an HR intern, Trevor Wehner, who had begun his internship that morning. A very tragic moment in a long line of tragic moments of unrestrained violence in a seemingly civilized world that has too many of these uncivilized incidents.
To be sure, there are numerous questions about why and how an illegally retained handgun was used. It is not the place of HRO Today to talk about the political issues of gun legislation, or in this case, existing firearms law enforcement. It is our place to ask: When HR is a target, how do we protect each other?
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