Will Better Training Make the Workplace Safe from Gun Violence?

From 2013 to 2016, workplace killings in the United States went up 23 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This alarmingly high percentage increase doesn’t even include some of the most notable workplace attacks in the past year including the recent YouTube shooting, a US Postal Service attack, the Edgewood Business Park shooting, and the many other violent incidents in public places over the past year. Workplace safety is on the minds of many HR departments.

In light of this rise in workplace violence, organizations are taking a closer look at their ability to nurture safe environments for their employees. Waggl is partnering with Next Concept HR Association to learn how your organization is responding to increased workplace safety concerns.

Over the past two weeks, we have seen many responses to our query with participants voting on others’ input in order to prioritize what HR and business leaders can do to address employee concerns over gun violence. Sixty-five percent of respondents have agreed that they are concerned about whether their organization can ensure a safe workplace environment. Fewer, however, work in organizations that are now reviewing safety policies.

The question was posed, “What, in your opinion, is the single most important thing employers can do to make the workplace safe from gun violence and other types of violent behavior?” To this, the top responses voted upon by other survey participants are currently:

  • “Make sure employees have adequate access to mental health needs, education on how to spot a distressed individual and what they can do, protocols for lockdowns, etc. in other words; look at both root cause and safety systems.”
  • “Promote, and train to support, a culture of openness and peaceful conflict resolution and zero tolerance violence policy.”
  • “Educate and train all employees on workplace safety and maintain a routine schedule to keep these policies and procedures at the forefront of everyone’s mind in the workplace.”

Outside of these top three responses, you can see in the current results that a number of other participants have suggested steps to approach planning, training, and prevention of such events. But, this is just our preliminary data.

Do you have other ideas about what employers can do to make the workplace safe from gun violence? Participate now.

You can add as many responses as you can think of and other participants will be prompted to vote on your input over the next few weeks. Check back for final results and see how your response performed compared to the rest.