Workplace violence is a very serious topic and one that has become ever more prominent in society today. It seems as if we hear of a new incident in the news on a daily basis. At Spacesaver, the safety of our team members is our #1 priority. In this webinar, we will touch on the types of workplace violence, typical offenders, warning signs, and how to handle an Active Shooter situation.
Workplace violence is defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.
Acts of workplace violence don’t come only from co-workers. An angry customer or vendor, a jilted spouse or partner, even a random stranger has the capacity to come into a workplace and do harm.
Being educated and aware of your environment is the best defense. Being conscious of the behavior of those around you can help you to see the early warning signs before things escalate. Watch for sudden changes in behavior or productivity and a withdrawn mood. Threats such as “you better watch your back!” and physical outbursts like fist pounding or throwing things can also be signs of escalated anger that could lead to violence. Don’t ignore the warning signs!
Spacesaver’s Workplace Violence and Weapons Policy prohibits firearms and weapons of any other type in company owned buildings, on company grounds, at any company-sponsored events, and work sites (at Spacesaver or customer locations). This includes visible or concealed weapons, even if licensed to carry the weapon. This policy applies to all company team members, including contract and temporary team members, visitors, vendors, and customers visiting our workplace. Prohibited weapons include any form of weapons or explosives, including all firearms, ammunition, knives (except those issued by Spacesaver and used for work), explosive devices or any other weapons that could be used to threaten, harass, intimidate, injure or cause harm to an individual
You might be asking yourself, “How can I help ensure everyone at Spacesaver stays safe?” Well, the simplest thing you can do is to respect our badge policy and help keep our buildings secure. Don’t let anyone inside our building that doesn’t have a working badge or that is not here specifically to see you. Don’t hold doors for others and don’t prop doors open. And remember, visitors must be accompanied at all times! You can also pay close attention to the weekly Buzz announcements for details on new hires and departures. Most people that cease employment with Spacesaver, leave us on good terms. However, studies do show that there an increased likelihood of violence from a disgruntled ex-employee. Good terms or not, it’s our policy to restrict building access upon retirement, resignation, or termination. When in doubt, please err on the side of caution. Entry phones are provided at the main entrances to each building. These phones should be used for visitors to request their Spacesaver contact to meet them.
Spacesaver’s Workplace Violence and Weapons Policy reads as follows: “A team member who has been the subject of violent or threatening behavior or a team member who knows of a potentially violent situation, including seeing a weapon in a company building or on company grounds, should report the matter immediately to his/her supervisor, Human Resources, or any other member of management”. Please familiarize yourself with this policy in it’s entirety and remember that in situations of violence or threats of violence: Report, Report, Report!
Mass public shootings have become more and more prevalent. While we take many steps to ensure the safety of our team members, it’s up to each of us to be educated and prepared to respond appropriately in the event that a violent attack occurs at work. Let’s watch a preparedness video that has been put together by the Department of Homeland Security.
In summary, the best way to prepare yourself to come out of a violent situation safely is to educate yourself on Spacesaver’s policies and the warning signs of a potential offender, report any incidents or suspicious behavior, prepare yourself for what to do incase of a violent incident, and to react quickly and appropriately to the situation.
It’s our goal, and #1 priority, to ensure that all Spacesaver team members leave here safely each day. Thank you for taking the time to view this presentation and being part of keeping Spacesaver safe!
• Sudden change in behavior or productivity
• Withdraws from co-workers, friends, or family
• “you better watch your back!”
• “payback is coming for you”, etc…
• Physical outburst:
• fist pounding
• throwing things
• damage to property
• Visible or concealed
weapons, even if licensed
to carry the weapon
• Knives (except those
issued by Spacesaver)
• Any other threatening
• Don’t let anyone in
without a working badge
• Visitors must be
• Don’t hold the door for
• Don’t prop doors open
• Report any unauthorized
or suspicious activity to
Report, Report, Report
If you have been a victim of any type of workplace
violence, please report it to your supervisor and Human
If you witness any warning signs, please report it
What to do in the event an active shooter enters Spacesaver.
• Know and understand
• Familiarize yourself with
• Report, Report, Report!
• Prepare and practice
• React quickly and