196: Workplace Shootings: What Employers, Employees, and Customers Need to Know
On average, 2 million American workers become the victims of workplace violence every year, and that includes gun violence. But what sets workplace gun violence apart from other forms of gun violence? And, what can employers and employees do, to help keep one another safe?
To find out, "Red, Blue, and Brady" is launching a 4-part series on gun violence in the workplace. To begin, host JJ is joined by violence expert Dr. Steve Albrecht. The author of 21 books, including the seminal text on workplace shootings, Ticking Bombs: Defusing Violence in the Workplace, Dr. Albrecht combines his experiences as a law enforcement veteran together with a long career in human resources and business management. Together he and JJ discuss what encourages – and discourages – workplace shooters, as well as how businesses can build safer spaces for their clients and employees (and no, the answer is not more armed workers). If you've ever wondered how to make your place of work a safer place, this is the episode for you.
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Mentioned in this podcast:
Number of victims of workplace shootings in the United States between 1982 and June 2022 (Statista)
We're Seeing A Spike In Workplace Shootings. Here's Why (NPR)
How Mass Shootings Are Putting Workplace Safety in the Spotlight (HR Exchange)
Surging Gun Sales Could Soon Become a Workplace Concern (Society for Human Resource Management)