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By Ron Wretham, Co-CEO Investigative Solutions Network, Inc.
ou're going to regret this. I'm
going to get you for what you've
done to me! You're a dead man!"
With that, the door slams and
you're alone in your office with a million thoughts
running through your head. Minutes ago you were
counseling an employee regarding an allegation
of impropriety. Now what? Do you ignore this
and brush it off as an agitated employee just
'blowing off steam'? What if it actually was a
threat? How do you know they won't return and
exact revenge on the company's assets, another
employee or on you personally?
Workplace violence is an umbrella term that
encompasses all types of violence, including
commercial robberies, threats from external
sources (clients, contractors, ex-employees)
and conflicts between co-workers. Reported
incidents of workplace violence have grown significantly, yet most employers feel ill-equipped
to recognize a viable threat, let alone know how
to deal with one in an effective manner.
First and foremost, don't under-respond to
a threat and miss an opportunity to prevent
violence from occurring. A threat, incident of
harassment or other menacing behavior is the
'trigger' that initiates a risk. How that risk is
evaluated and a comprehensive plan is developed to deal with it is where threat and risk
assessment comes in.
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Threat and risk assessment is a systematic
process in which information is gathered and
evaluated, an appropriate intervention strategy is selected and then ongoing monitoring
and oversight is implemented to evaluate the
effectiveness of reducing the risk. Risk assessment can't guarantee that violence will or won't
happen. No one can. What it can do is assist to
identify likely cases of violence and guide the
selection of best management intervention strategies. Violence in the workplace has a number
of identifiable red flags and warning markers. It
can be observed, evaluated, intervened, and in
some cases, prevented. Threat assessment can
be applied to verbal or written threats or other
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016
Government Relations Report
Events, Upcoming Events & Member Milestones
Following Their Footsteps: A Profile of OGCA Chairman Jason Ball
Meet the 2016 OGCA Board!
COR – The Game Changing Revenue Driver
PCL Raises the Roof on BMO Field
78th Annual AGM & Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Investigative Solutions Network Inc. Provides Workplace Threat and Risk Assessment
New Technologies for Builders
How Lean Can Impact Construction
Five Things You Should Know about WSIB’s New Rate Framework
Index to Advertisers
The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016