Workplace Violence is a Growing Problem
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) more than two million American workers will be affected by workplace violence this year. The problem is so big that according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), one out of seven workers does not feel safe at work. The statistics get even worse for people who work in healthcare, corrections, or education. Of course, your employees are not statistics they are flesh and blood who must be protected from acts of violence.
Violent Incidents Have Direct Costs
- Worker’s compensation claims
- Lost time to injuries
- Per diem replacements
- Damage to your facility
- Insurance premium increases
- Equipment damage
There Are Also Indirect Costs
Perhaps what’s more concerning is the impact on your organization when your people don’t feel safe. Maslow taught us that safety is a basic human need, and without it, it’s hard to reach your full potential. Lack of safety will lead to stress, low engagement, mistakes, productivity issues, high turnover, and damage to your reputation. If your workplace is viewed as being unsafe it will make it difficult for you to attract and retain talent.
Traditional Security Measures Aren’t Enough
Traditional security is designed to keep people out of your facility. Acts of workplace violence typically are committed by people already inside your building. The perpetrator could be a coworker, patient, inmate, student, or family member.
What’s the Solution? Pinpoint Employee Duress Systems
Employee training and situational awareness are important, but when a dangerous situation arises, the only defense is getting help on the scene as soon as possible. The best way to do this is to provide your staff with a portable, easy to use, discreet way to request help. When it comes to employee duress systems, there is no room for error. That’s why we designed our system from the ground up to create the easiest to use, most accurate, and reliable employee duress system on the market.