Violence in society—and the workplace in particular—is on the upswing. The prevalence of active shooter incidents drives home the fact that preventing workplace violence must be a top priority of security and HR managers across all industries.
Workplace harassment is a pervasive issue that too often gets overlooked or simply dismissed by those with the authority to address issues before they escalate. Maybe employees on the receiving end of a workplace bully don’t feel comfortable reporting the incidents, or perhaps they don’t know what resources are available to them. Who should they […]
It’s easy for security professionals to make assumptions about what their facilities need in terms of new security devices or policies. After all, that’s their business, right? In reality, they may have some gaps in their perceptions of what is best for the facility because they have not taken the time to ask the end-users—the […]
Imagine a scenario in which an employee clicks a link in an e-mail and costs his or her employer $600,000. Unfortunately, this situation does not require one’s imagination. This is exactly what happened in Riviera Beach, Florida, when an employee clicked a link in an e-mail, and the government was crippled by a ransomware attack. […]
Security, HR, and/or a threat assessment team can work together and use a five-step model to manage a current or former employee making threats. As with many dynamic situations involving the threat of workplace violence, there is no one perfect solution. These ideas, especially done in combination, can deter subjects from violence, both while they […]
In part 1 of this article, HR Daily Advisor editor Jim Davis spoke with Catherine Mattice-Zundel, a consultant, coach, and trainer about workplace bullying, including where it parallels harassment and what the differences are under the law. Today we’ll look at the importance of accountability as well as some methods for preventing bullying.
There are broad impacts when a major retail business moves to shutter its operations, especially when that business is the size of Circuit City, Borders Books and Music, or Toys “R” Us. In the case of the latter, the rapid closing of the toy giant left 31,000 employees without work and almost 800 properties vacant. […]
Have you heard the news? VPNs are dead, apparently. It’s happened. One of the most iconic and widely-used tools is, according to some, fading from use. Just don’t tell my team at OpenVPN — based on our business, we certainly couldn’t tell.
An ongoing argument in the security world centers around the measure of loyalty from security officers who are actually employees of the company they protect versus being simply contract vendors from an outside security firm. A similar concern can be raised if we compare the security vigilance of full-time employees at a company versus interns, […]
Employers are often looking for ways to better combat harassment in the workplace, which if left unchecked can escalate into a more serious situation. Some of the more obvious prevention methods include: