Violence seems to be on the increase. U.S. Television and radio broadcasts and newspapers are packed with stories about people being assaulted or killed. The once considered fairly safe workplace is also under attack.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report last week after the fatal shooting at a business in Orlando, Florida. It said workplace homicides rose 2% from 2012 to 2015 to 417. Shootings in the workplace jumped by 15%.
Most of the violence and deaths are because of revenge over a firing or workplace grievance or a romantic breakup or motive.
Threat assessment expert Michael Corcoran said, “It really all boils down pretty much to the same issues: A person wants to feel that they have more control, they want to have more power. What we are seeing when this happens is it gets played up more, so they say, ‘Ah OK, that’s an alternative.”’
Companies — notes Matthew Doherty of the threat and violence risk management firm Hillard Heintze — are getting better at spotting disgruntled employees and many have systems in place to monitor those who might be a threat. Tracking employees via an employee assessment team is critical for any company.
“Anybody that employs anybody in the U.S. should have one,” Doherty said. By the way, he before doing risk assessment for Hillard Heintze, he was a special agent for the Secret Service’s Threat Assessment Center.
Chris Grollnek — who is an active shooter prevention author — added that employees need to pay attention as well. “See something, say something’ is kind of tiresome. You see out-of-ordinary behavior, make a quick note. And if you’re in a bad situation, it’s get up, get out. There is no more hiding under a desk,” he said.
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