Titan attended IFMA’s meeting on March 21, 2019 on Strategies to Reduce the Risk in Workplace Violence. Below are our notes from the meeting.
Disaster Denial is very common in regards to workplace violence. People tend to think the following:
- It won’t happen here
- Even if it happens to here, it won’t happen to me.
- Even if it happens to me, it won’t be bad
- Even if it is that bad, there’s nothing that could have prevented it anyway
The following are behavior clusters and warning signs that workplace violence is taking place:
- Menacing or erratic behavior
- Aggressive outbursts
- References to weapons and fascination with weapons
- Verbal Abuse
- Inability to handle criticism
- Jokes referring to violence
- Change of Appearance
- Increase absences and tardiness
- Revealing information
- Harms animals
- Verbalizes a violent plan of action
- Unfazed by cruel behavior
The following are pre-indicators that a person may exhibit violent behaviors:
- Minimal eye contact
- Inappropriately dressed for the season
- Testing security procedures, asking specific security questions and surveying the area
- Gesturing to the waistline, pockets, and small of the back
- Exhibiting tunnel vision
- Exhibiting nervousness
- Heavy breathing
- Demonstrating body platform, ready for physical conflict
As always, if you “See Something, Say Something”. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call 855-RPRT-2-S4 (855-777-8274).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding workplace violence, please contact your Titan representative.