Workplace Violence is Trending Up in 2022, a New Study Suggests

Workplace Violence Trending Up in 2022

A new study indicates that 88% of respondents agree, compared to the beginning of 2021, organizations are experiencing a dramatic increase in physical threat activity.  

The ONTIC Center for Protective Intelligence study showcases the collective perspectives of chief security officers, chief legal officers, chief compliance officers, general counsels, physical security directors, corporate attorneys, and physical security decision-makers at U.S. companies with over 5,000 employees to examine how they see physical security challenges and opportunities unfolding in 2022, and the potential impact on business continuity.

“Threats or harmful incidents are occurring so often, a majority agree, that employees are used to erratic and violent behavior and don’t report these as warning signs until it’s too late.”

So what could be causing this uptick in violent behaviors and workplace violence?  Most respondents in the study cited increased physical threats and company backlash related to rising extremism, social and political issues (32%), and vaccination requirements (31%).  This makes a lot of sense given what Americans have been through since February 2020 with the Covid-19 pandemic.  Lockdowns, job losses, and a failing economy have people at their limits.  Additionally,  Time magazine notes that there is no advanced industrial democracy in the world more politically divided, or politically dysfunctional, than the United States today.  With our government increasingly pushing polarizing policies and messaging, the issues only continue to compound.  The stress pot runneth over now, and we are reaping the results as a nation.  

Threats and Continuity

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 The physical threats and harm happening at schools and companies can also be pitfalls to learning and business continuity.  These threats and acts of violence are only anticipated to rise in 2022.  Schools and corporations have increasingly become targets and many understand that they have a responsibility to address their vulnerabilities in order to make their environments safer for the public.  Reviews of physical and cyber security vulnerabilities,  threats, and activities are taking place at schools and businesses across the United States. 

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Risk and Vulnerability Assessments

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Preparation begins with understanding the unique vulnerabilities that are present in your particular organization. Whether it's a school, a corporate environment, an industrial space, or a house of worship, the reality is that workplace violence is one of the most common forms of violence that an individual may experience. Conducting a vulnerability assessment allows you to identify security threats and to implement mitigation strategies, security technologies, and policies.  As the levels of violence rise in our communities, these assessments become even more vital for an organization.

In the event that violence should occur, every employee should be trained, prepared, and informed on the most effective actions they can take to protect their own safety and the safety of those around them. The objective of a Risk and Vulnerability Assessment should be collaborative with your organization.  This should then lead to the development of a practical and integrated Security Assessment that provides a strategy and clear plan of key actions to improve your facility's security potential.  Solutions should then be developed to deliver a comprehensive physical security presence that is integrated to provide optimal protection.

Here at ASR, we offer comprehensive risk and vulnerability assessments.    Our four major components for developing a Threat and Vulnerability Assessment include:

  • Asset definition is where we establish priorities for the deployment of mitigating countermeasures. It is not realistic to assume that every asset can be or should be protected against every possible threat. Assets will be identified based on how critical each is to the organization and the local and national economies.
  • Threat assessment that includes the identification and analysis of potential threats against your organization. Events are typically categorized as terrorism, criminal, natural, or accidental.
  • Vulnerability analysis is where we correlate assets and threats and define the method or methods for compromise. We will analyze the existing security program to identify any physical, operational, and procedural weaknesses that may exist and identify potential countermeasures that could be implemented to minimize the probability of a damaging/disruptive event occurring. The primary goal of this analysis is to develop a profile that defines the overall threats that may affect your organization. A profile is developed categorizing threats as highly probable, possible, or unlikely.
  • Security measures are selected for implementation. The selection process is intended to channel resources to protect the most vital assets against the most probable threats. Security measures for a comprehensive security master plan address the following:
    • Architectural elements
    • Operational elements
    • Electronic security systems
    • Policies and procedures (guidelines)
The ASR effort focuses on the identification of physical security, potential risks, and recommendations based on vulnerabilities observed. We use a comprehensive template so no areas go unassessed. The information collected will serve as the compilation of risks identified by project team members and will provide a description of the likelihood, vulnerability, impact, and a risk management strategy.  The final report of our findings will be concise and map your security strategy for planning, security training/awareness, and security testing.

Our long history of working in special operations military, law enforcement, and corporate security capacities gives us a unique perspective on nearly every building we enter, and your building is no exception. Our founder, Hector Delgado, is a retired senior special agent for Homeland Security, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the risk assessment methodology. We’d like to pass the insights we’ve gained from our experience along to you with a Risk Assessment and Security Consultation. To get started scheduling your Risk Assessment anywhere across the US — or to learn more about our on-site Risk Assessments and other Security Consulting services — DOWNLOAD OUR FLYER HERE or fill out the form below.
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