For organizations primarily concerned about violence originating from current and former employees, CIS provides a range of services focused on workplace violence prevention and intervention. Alternatively, in situations where the primary threat concerns are outsider adversaries (e.g., terrorists, etc.), our activities often focus on facility security design and emergency preparation. To address the needs of organizations seeking a comprehensive solution, CIS developed the Guardian SafeWorkplace Program™ as an integrated and multi-layered strategy for protection against targeted violence.
Although the risk management principles underlying our methodology are universal, the solutions provided by our team are always customized to address the unique priorities and operational concerns of our clients.
The first line of defense against workplace violence is creating a framework of preventive policies and procedures to define aggressive behavior and management actions in response to threatening situations. To assist clients in this process, CIS consultants work collaboratively with decision-makers to design policies and procedures addressing issues such as pre-employment screening, employee behavior and threat reporting, termination protocols, and management actions in response to behavior of concern.
Another component of workplace violence prevention is establishing a process for threat assessment and management. Many acts of workplace homicide are precipitated by communications or behavior that, if properly recognized and assessed, can indicate a developing threat situation and facilitate intervention before crisis occurs.
CIS consultants can assist in the design and implementation of a corporate threat assessment program by authoring necessary policies and plans, training corporate threat assessment teams, and providing expert assistance in practical implementation.
Robust risk management programs integrate a number of approaches to mitigate the risk of workplace violence. Issues such as WVPI-related policies, threat recognition and assessment, EAP programs, and positive workforce culture all contribute to reducing the probability of mass homicide in the workplace. However, if measures employed to prevent attacks are unsuccessful or an adversary targets the facility in a manner that evades our proactive influence, physical security design and emergency preparedness become the most critical lines of defense influencing the overall consequences of the event.
As a leading authority on facility design and emergency preparation for active shooter events, CIS has assisted clients worldwide in assessing the vulnerability of facilities against armed attacks. Some of the many issues encompassed in these assessments include:
CIS launched the Guardian SafeWorkplace Program™ in 2015 as a comprehensive and integrated approach to protection against targeted violence in corporate environments. Click here to learn more.
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