Why Mindset Matters

Mindset is defined as “the established set of attitudes held by someone.” It is an idea or inclination as to how a person will approach a situation. The survival mindset also referred to as the “Warrior” mindset is typically possessed by those in the Military, law enforcement and other first responder positions. It enables those warriors to develop an attitude of identifying threats, accepting their situation, and quickly mitigating or eliminating that threat.

Why Mindset Matters

How many first responders do you have in your organization? On average, it takes responding agencies three to five minutes if not more to reach your workplace in the event of an emergency. In most cases of workplace violence, by the time the responding agencies arrive, the perpetrator has already caused irreversible damage to your organization. In today’s world, employees have become the initial first responders as they will be forced to react to a workplace violence incident with one purpose in mind: Survival.

Integrating mindset development training into your workplace violence prevention plan does not mean training your employees to become weapon wielding warriors who will subdue and eliminate the threat. The best defense in prevention is identifying deficiencies before they become problems. Training employees to develop an attitude of identifying potential violence indicators and how to report them is one of the most effective ways to empower each individual. Along with good mindset development training, supervisors and managers must also be trained on effective hiring practices and how to handle reports that come in from concerned employees. It should be noted that training alone does not constitute a complete workplace violence prevention plan. It is equally as important for supervisors, managers, and executives to be engaged and well aligned with the company’s culture. Senior executives should consider reviewing the organization’s trends as frequently as they review their P&L statements. Among the trends to be closely monitored are leaves of absences due to stress, sudden and excessive absenteeism, and employee complaints.

At OmniPresent Security Group, we believe that “Security should be a Mindset, Not a State of Mind”. Our goal is to make security awareness a ‘second nature’ so employees can develop a habit of identifying warning signs and be inclined to automatically report them. Every program we develop is tailored to align with our client’s organizational culture and takes into account current and past statistical data of trends and incidents.

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Business Security a Balance of Risk, Cost #HR #training #awareness

Violence in the workplace is at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts – or is it? The Insurance Information Network reports that there are 650 homicides, 2 million assaults, and 6 million serious threats reported each year in the workplace, with two-thirds of the incidents preceded by behavioral red flags but, “A typical corporate office is simply not ready for a determined assault and most companies do not want the cost and climate that comes with that kind of protection” said Darrell Mercer of Mercer Protection Agency in an article published by TheLedger.com

While insurers offer employers workplace safety policies to cover incidents in the workplace, often the value of life is not fully put into perspective. As such, instead of just considering the ROI, business owners should also take a hard look at the ROL: Return on Life.

Recognizing that there are limits to what security can do to prevent workplace violence, Douglas Duerr, an Atlanta lawyer specializing in labor and employment at Elarbee Thompson said, “The thing to do is to have training on what are the potential indicators of someone who might become violent.”

At OmniPresent Security Group we stress that hope is not a strategy. Promoting Security Awareness among the workplace is vital – but it must start at the top.

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Two wrongs make a….right?

In a Canada case, the judge ruled that a “kick on the butt” excused a punch on the mouth that resulted in $7,000 of dental work.

Regardless of the outcome, signs of potential problems are often overlooked or even ignored because managers either do not know how to deal with a conflict between co-workers or worst assume and hope that employees “know better.”

Hope is not a strategy. It’s always a good time to review your workplace violence policy and ensure managers are up to date on their training.

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