The Workplace Violence Prevention team was able to celebrate the Principles of Community week through two events, the Kickoff tabling event as well as the PCC Unity and Resource Fair. Alongside several other ERG’s, we reached over 400 employees over the course of these two events and provided them with additional information about the resources our team offers including counseling services and training.
If you would like more information on Workplace Violence, check out a couple of resources that we shared earlier this year:
If you are being followed, here are some tips to keep you safe.
It is now December, and it has started to get darker earlier. Because of this, you must be more aware of your surroundings. If you are walking by yourself, make sure to eliminate any distractions so that you make it to your final destination with no safety concerns. However, if you happen to notice that you are being followed, here are some things you should do.
Showing empathy during a crisis can help to de-escalate the situation.
When a person comes to the hospital, it is usually because they are experiencing physical pain, or they are there in support of a loved one who is experiencing pain or illness. Because we do not know everything about a person, we may not know what triggers them.
You must learn how to stay safe if the person in crisis is throwing objects at you. The first thing you should do is block and move to safety. This means put your hands up in front of your face and move out of the way to a place where you can avoid being hit. During this time, make sure to protect your groin, throat, stomach, and eyes with your hands and arms. If possible, leave the room quickly. You do not want to be stuck in a place that will cause you potential serious harm. Your safety is a priority.
Acknowledging your emotions is important during a crisis.
When dealing with a person in crisis, they may say things that are offensive or hurtful. It is important to practice rational detachment so that what they say does not cause us to escalate and show heightened emotions. We may feel upset or angry during these situations, but by acknowledging your emotions, you can gain a better understanding of what you’re experiencing and prevent them from overwhelming you. If necessary, feel free to walk away for a few minutes to regain your composure. (crisisprevention.com)
The actions you take in the first three minutes of a crisis can help you to stay safe.
In an active shooter situation, there are some things you can do to help you stay safe. First, you must respond. Our body tends to react in one of three ways during a stressful situation. Fight, flight, or freeze. Try your best to react in a way that will keep you safe.
Being aware of your surroundings can help you stay safe.
The best way to protect yourself while in the workplace or outside of it is to build situational awareness. By definition, situational awareness is the “ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be cognizant of events around you.” Simply put, know your surroundings and who is around you to protect yourself from unwarranted attacks.