Odasi Consulting provides fully-customized solutions for all types of organizations including public and private companies, colleges and associations for the prevention and intervention of violence in the workplace. Implementing a comprehensive workplace violence program requires more than drafting a policy—it requires training, communications and management commitment. Odasi Consulting typically begins each engagement with a needs assessment that outlines the gaps and opportunities in an effective workplace violence prevention and intervention program, tailoring the program to fit the unique needs of each organization.
Workplace violence incidents are extremely damaging and expensive for employers. Beyond the obvious costs in medical care, lost productivity, destruction of morale, wages, overtime and a tarnished public image, there is additional expense in legal fees, court costs and civil liability. Significant liability can arise from tort actions as well as claims under Title VII, FMLA, Workers' Compensation, OSHA, unemployment, breach of contract and a host of other individual state laws. It is crucial for employers to implement a system that will educate employees, catch possible problems early and provide a practical structure for dealing with incidents if they occur. Dealing with a workplace violence incident is highly sensitive and its mishandling can be catastrophic to an organization. Having an established system and trained employees in place can make dealing with an incident manageable and even preventable.
In a recent collaborative effort, the Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM) and ASIS International have come together and created a new standard for workplace violence intervention. This new standard is more than a set of guidelines—it is a practical guide that outlines a proactive approach to implementing the system within any organization. This standard provides an overview of policies, processes and protocols that organizations can utilize to help identify and prevent threatening behavior and violence affecting the workplace, and to better address and resolve threats and violence that have actually occurred. A workplace violence intervention plan improves the safety of individuals and the integrity of the company.
Workplace Violence Needs Assessment/Risk Assessment
Includes a detailed on-site review of existing policies, programs and procedures, conducted by some of the top experts in the fields of workplace violence prevention and intimate partner violence and stalking. Meetings with key stakeholders, a review of the physical plant, and observations of the “corporate culture” are all part of the needs assessment step.
Workplace Violence Policy Development & Implementation
The development of a new or updated ASIS/SHRM compliant policy that contains a detailed incident management process, emergency and threat response protocols, the role of external experts and law enforcement, specific strategies for high-risk workplaces, post-incident management protocols, appropriate record-keeping, and the integration of intimate partner violence prevention strategies.
Threat Management Team Development
The establishment of an interdisciplinary threat management team that will review and respond to violent incidents or reports of troubling behavior, evaluate potential risks, and establish appropriate incident notification protocols.
Threat Management Team Training
Custom training for the threat management team which includes identification criterion, reporting structures, and warning signs/indicators of potential violent behavior.
Management Team Training
Specialized training for supervisors and managers that are not part of the threat management team. Included in this training would be the identification of potential threats, handling complaints or concerns, and initial emergency response.
Development of multi-media employee training programs, which can include new employee orientation components. Training can be conducted on-site or through the use of train-the-trainer methods. Employee training can be coupled with Sexual and other types of Harassment Awareness Training.
Workplace Violence – Individual Case Management
Assist management on individual cases involving orders of protection, potential stalking situations, or other types of domestic or workplace violence threats; may also involve initial employee counseling.
Workplace Violence Investigations
Respond during and/or after an actual workplace violence event, working alongside law enforcement agencies in conducting investigations, or conducting them independently, as required.
Additional Customized Services
In addition to threat management, assessment needs, training and investigations, Odasi Consulting provides incident management and threat response, executive protection, establishing emergency protocols, employee communication programs, recordkeeping set-up, and ad hoc training.
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