Workplace violence incidents continue to escalate across corporate workplaces in the United States. Most recently, we have had 2 major incidents in Albuquerque NM and Manchester Connecticut. At MHA, we have performed a number of workplace violence scenarios for our customers in 2010.. This is now deemed as a higher threat, in many cases, by the Crisis Management Team’s of a number of our customers. Our scenarios have proven to show that there is a common set of issues most companies must deal with in a workplace violence incident scenario:
- Evacuation Procedures May or May Not Be Followed
- Accounting for Employees Following the Event is Chaotic
- Timely Communication to Employees, Media and Stakeholders Via Voice, Web and In-Person is a Challenge
- Dealing with Grief of Employees Injuries or Deaths
- Impact of Employees Not Wanting to Come to Work After The Event
- Inability for Employees to Access Personal Effects or Vehicles in the Building
- Reestablishing Management Control and Direction As Soon As Possible
- Establishing Liaison with Emergency Services Personnel
- Addressing Legal Ramifications of the Event
- Assessing Impact of the Event to Continued Business Operations
Typically, once the event moves from response to recovery, we find that the Crisis Management Team and Business Unit Recovery Teams do a good job of recovering the business. Its the chaos of the incident and the initial response actions that need to be addressed and exercised.
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