1 in 7 Employees Do Not Feel Safe at Work


Employees Do Not Feel Safe at Work

With workplace shootings occurring more often in recent years across the United States, it is not surprising that roughly 1 out of 7 Americans do not feel safe at work, according to new data from SHRM—the Society for Human Resource Management.

According to SHRM, nearly half of HR professionals said their organization had at some point experienced a workplace violence incident at some level—up from 36 percent in 2012. And of those who reported having experienced workplace violence, over half said their organization had experienced an incident in the last year.

“Companies and HR should and must do more to make employees feel safe at work,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “This data shows we have a lot of work to do in terms of security, prevention, training and response.”

Unfortunately, nearly one-third of American employees and nearly 1 out of 5 HR professionals are currently unsure or don’t know what to do if they witness or are involved in a workplace violence incident. 

“The goal for employers is making your workplace a ‘difficult’ target for violent offenders and being prepared to react quickly,” Taylor explained. “If you make the investment in security and preparation, your employees will feel safer and respect you for valuing their safety.”

And while the majority of HR professionals say their organization already provides workplace violence training to employees on how to respond to an act of workplace violence, more than one-third do not provide such training to employees. Additionally, while almost all say their company has a process for identifying employees with a history of violence, over half are unsure whether they have a workplace violence prevention program.

“There’s naturally a lot of fear when people think of workplace violence. But preparing and providing employees with hands-on training helps empower them to react and take action in the event of a worst-case scenario.”

Resources to address workplace violence, include:

  • Creating a prevention plan;
  • Identifying how workplace violence is defined;
  • Recognizing warning signs;
  • Implementing a response team; and
  • Responding to workplace violence incidents.

    Source and Methodology: A sample of 1,416 SHRM members who work in organizations employing at least one other person answered questions on workplace violence in a survey administered from February 18 to February 20, 2019.  Additionally, a sample of 545 employees of organizations with more than one employee also answered questions on workplace violence on the AmeriSpeak Omnibus survey, a monthly multi-client survey using NORC at the University of Chicago’s probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. household population, administered from February 28 to March 4, 2019.  Original article published by SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management.  SHRM creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally.  SHRM is not affiliated with ASR Alert Systems.


How ASR Can Help 

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ASR Alert Systems is a state-of-the-art patented critical incident response technology specializing in the field of threat alert notifications to local Law Enforcement and First Responders in the event of a crisis like a workplace violence or active shooter incident. The threat notification capabilities include Active Shooter/Assailant, Medical Emergencies, Severe Weather, Security Issues and more.  Here is how it works.

  1. Emergency Presented - An emergency or threat presents itself.  Immediate action is needed to tend to the situation at hand.  Every second counts to save lives and the clock is ticking
  2. System Is Activated - The ASR Alert System (critical incident response technology) is activated via one of the stationary wall-mounted activation points, mobile pendant lanyards or ASR APP. Sirens and strobes are initiated to alert personnel and to disorient the active shooter/assailant.  The system makes the situation clear to everyone.
  3. Instant Alerts Begin DIRECT to LAW ENFORCEMENT - Upon initiation, all personnel within the organization, as well as local law enforcement, will receive immediate emergency alerts via text and email notifications. Our critical incident response technology is the trigger to initiate life-saving response.  Note:  Direct to law enforcement buttons should only be utilized in life-threatening situations.  For medical, security and HazMat alerts, internal personnel are alerted with our Medical, Security, and HazMat buttons.
  4. Quick Response - The nearest law enforcement personnel (or internal responders) will be able to move quickly to neutralize the threat and tend to the emergency at hand. The ASR Alert System saves time by providing the exact location of the threat as well as  the ability to communicate images from the building cameras.

ASR is wholly dedicated to saving time to save lives and we approach our critical incident response technology from the perspective of those responding to crisis events.  ASR offers the best critical incident response technology solution in the industry. Our reliable and redundant methods of alerting persons who are in danger, as well as providing the fastest notification to law enforcement by communicating directly with police dispatch are not matched.  Our patented critical incident response technology uses hard-mounted buttons, mobile pendants and a mobile phone application to DIRECTLY communicate with first responders in the area to significantly decrease response times to an active threat or crisis situation.

Communicating DIRECTLY with first responders is what makes ASR different from every other system on the market, we hold the patent on this technology.

All businesses and schools seek to keep their employees, patrons, and students safe.  By utilizing our unique technology, employers can also give employees a safer environment that helps to mitigate the volatility of potential violence situations. 

By taking the guesswork out (with the push of a button), employees can feel empowered to focus on staying safe during a violent incident, all the while knowing that help is on the way.

In a crisis, both bodily safety and financial risk mitigation are of concern.  With the ASR Threat Alert System, your organization can feel confident that technology is in place that will help to keep as many people as safe as possible because Saving Time Saves Lives.

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