Workplace Violence Prevention

Principles of Community Week-WPVP

Did you see us at Principles of Community Week?

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:

Workplace Violence Prevention Statistics

How much do you know about Workplace Violence?

Happy February!

For this month, we have created a PDF to share Workplace Violence statistics that may surprise you. 

Click here to view: Safety Tips PDF

Workplace Violence Prevention Program

Safety Tips and Tricks Video

Make Sure Your Nonverbal Communication is Sending the Right Message

Welcome to 2024!

This year, we will be trying new formats of sharing Safety Tips.  Our first set of tips for 2024 is a two-minute video and can be found here at this link:

If you are being followed, here are some tips to keep you safe.

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.

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.   

Protecting yourself during a crisis is important.

Protecting yourself during a crisis is important.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Self-care is important when managing crisis situations

Self-care is important when managing crisis situations. 

When working in a high stress environment, it can be easy to lose yourself and get burnt out over time.  It is important to prioritize self-care so that you can show up as your best self at work. 

Self-care activities help with your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  Taking care of yourself helps build resilience and equips you to handle challenges more effectively.

Here are some ideas for practicing self-care: