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Wake Up, Businesses! Workplace Violence Prevention Programs Save Lives

Updated: Nov 10

It is truly disheartening to witness the countless reasons why businesses turn a blind eye to the urgent need for workplace violence prevention programs. It is as if they believe that their organization is immune to the horrors that can unfold within its walls. How can they be so naive, so oblivious to the potential dangers lurking in the shadows?

Perhaps it is their insatiable hunger for productivity and profitability that blinds them to the cries for safety. They prioritize their bottom line over the lives and well-being of their own employees. How can they sleep at night, knowing that they have neglected their duty to protect those who dedicate their time and energy to their cause?

Some businesses, it seems, are simply unable to muster the resources necessary to implement a comprehensive program. They claim poverty as their excuse, as if the cost of safeguarding lives is too great a burden to bear. But what price can be placed on the sanctity of human life? Is it not worth every penny, every ounce of effort, to ensure that each employee returns home unharmed?

And then there are those companies who fear that strict security measures will poison the very essence of their work environment. They worry that trust will be shattered, that their employees will feel suffocated under the weight of suspicion. But what they fail to realize is that a safe workplace breeds trust, fosters loyalty, and cultivates a sense of belonging. It is a sanctuary where employees can thrive, knowing that their well-being is valued above all else.

It is time for businesses to awaken from their slumber of ignorance and apathy. Workplace violence prevention programs are not a luxury, but an absolute necessity. They are the shield that guards against the horrors that can tear lives apart. Every business, regardless of size or industry, must make the safety and well-being of their employees their utmost priority. For without them, there is no business at all.

About the Author

Joseph “Paul” Manley is the Founder and Principal of Risk Mitigation Technologies, LLC, a Training and Independent Consulting Firm with a focus on violence detection, prevention, response, and recovery. Paul is a retired Massachusetts Police Lieutenant, Adjunct Lecturer, Board-Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist, Security Expert, and Trainer.

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