Low-probability, high-impact events are something that most individuals and organizations would rather ignore. After all, chances are it won’t happen to you. Serious workplace violence events, active shooter incidents, and other unsavory threats are on the rise but it’s easier to assume it will happen to someone else. We don’t want to think about our own mortality or that of our organizations. Instead, we hope it won’t happen to us, to our employees, to our customers, or to our communities.
But then there are these facts:
- 18% of all crimes committed occur in the workplace
- Jury awards in workplace violence cases typically run in the millions of dollars
- 70% of active shooter incidents occur in business or educational environments
- Workplace violence is the number one cause of workplace fatalities for women