Our hearts go out to the family of Dr. Katherine Lindley Dodson and her colleagues at Children's Medical Group
Losing someone you care about and work with to violence is both shocking and traumatic. This is a good time for us all to be thoughtful about awareness and reporting policies. Companies can help ensure a safe workplace and reduce the risk of violence with a Workplace Violence Policy. Such policies include provisions that define:
- Prohibited conduct
- Reporting procedures
- Risk reduction measures
- Employees who may be at greater risk
- Responding to dangerous or emergent situations, and
Perhaps even more critical is a threat assessment that identifies potential areas of risk unique to your workplace and ensuring your employees understand what constitutes workplace violence, how to respond to it, and prevent it. A threat assessment and clear plan of action will go far towards meeting an employers legal obligation to provide a safe workplace.