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September 25th is national “If You See Something, Say Something®” Awareness Day. Designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the occasion is meant to remind all of us how important it is to speak up if we see behavior or activity that strikes us as concerning or suspicious.

 

While Homeland Security aims its message at the public on a community level, the idea is just as relevant in our workplaces. With the ongoing threat of workplace violence occasionally flaring into life-threatening incidents across the country, it’s important we build and nurture organizational cultures that emphasize personal dignity and respect—that we make it our business to have our co-workers’ backs. Only out of this type of culture can workplace safety and security blossom and grow.

Getting Real About Workplace Violence, a prevention and response training program that we provide through Media Partners, covers the essentials people need to know to prevent, as well as survive, incidents of extreme violence in the workplace. A key aspect of the training leverages the idea of See Something, Say Something by identifying "Behaviors of Concern", that could be early warning signs indicating that someone might be on a path to violence. It’s here, at the earliest stages of concern, where employees can make the greatest impact by coming forward and speaking up. 

 

Watch this 1-minute clip on the common misconceptions many people have about Workplace Violence:

Getting Real About Workplace Violence clip for PREVIEW ONLY, may not be used for training.


Jim Sporleder has more than 25 years experience in the security industry. He and the team at Regulus Media produced the top-selling Getting Real About Workplace Violence program. They've also created customized WPV Prevention Training solutions for many Fortune 1000 organizations.