On January 7, 2010, Timothy Hendron, 51, a longtime employee of ABB’s north St. Louis, Missouri, plant, reportedly took the lives of three coworkers, wounded five others, and took his own life. This is just one of the latest incidents of worker-on-worker violence that have been on the increase in the last several decades.
In retrospect, of course, it is always clear that “the signs were there”. The individual was under a lot of stress…he was disaffected, alienated, a guy who kept to himself…bills were mounting…he had an unusual interest in weapons…and on, and on. Not everyone fits “the profile”, but most are close enough that we invariably ask “Why didn’t they (we) see it coming?”, or “Why didn’t somebody do something about it before it got to that point?”
Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” answer — the answers are as varied and as complex as humanity itself. Recognizing, though, that workplace violence is the ultimate antisocial act against social animals, there are things we can do to and for one another to minimize the risk, among them:
Does your company have a workplace anti-violence policy? Better yet, do you have a personal policy regarding the prevention of violence in the workplace?
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What if swine flu was front-page news in every daily paper you see and the lead story on every newscast. It’s more than a little unsettling watching the numbers rise so quickly- all those pictures and videos of masked people. Swine flu could push back the hoped-for economic recovery even further if it gets as bad as some people are predicting.
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But do you have such a plan? Sad to say, you’re in the majority if you don’t, which leads to my next question. Why do most of us wait until illness or other tragedies are on us before we ask ourselves, “What will I do?” If you’re a small business owner, employing six trained, highly skilled workers, what if just one of them is out for a week or so with the flu? Counting you, that’s 14 percent of your workforce! If another one goes on the sick list at the same time, that’s 28% percent. Or what if it’s you, Ms. President? What do you do? Is NOW the time to put together a continuity plan?
Even after the swine flu passes, how many companies will say, “That was scary! We’re putting a plan in place so we’re never caught unprepared?” How many of those companies will actually develop and implement a continuity plan?
Is your company ready?
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