(This post originally appeared on Philly.com)
I visit many businesses in the Philadelphia area, and there’s one thing that always surprises me: how easy it is for some people to waltz right in and potentially wreak havoc.
Sure, some of these companies have a receptionist on duty. A few have “buzz-in” systems. But oftentimes, as I make my way from the parking lot to the entrance I see open exterior doors where anyone can get access, and once inside, a guest – whether invited or not — can pretty much run rampant from office to warehouse to shop floor. It’s no wonder that there are so many violent workplace incidents in this area and around the country. Unfortunately, many employers – both big and small — just aren’t paying enough attention.
How pervasive is violence in the workplace? Very. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are more than two million reports of workplace violence by employees every year. These are not just internal issues. Between 2011 and 2015 there were 2,173 people killed by firearms alone in the workplace, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with robberies, domestic disputes, angry customers. and feuding employees accounting for the top reasons.
So it’s not surprising that — according to a recent study from security firm OpenPath — about one in three employees say they don’t feel safe at work.
What about your company? Are you protecting your employees from a potential violent attack, particularly in this era of mass shootings and other forms of violence? Here are a few things you could be doing.