FEI's New White Paper Shares Expertise on Dealing with Workplace Violence

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In the wake of the Colorado movie theater shootings, FEI provides warning signs to look for in employees, how to prevent future workplace crises and how an employee benefit plan can help in the recovery process.

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Sadly, we are becoming immune to tragic events. Whenever there is a crisis in the workplace, it brings to light the importance of having an emergency plan in place.

FEI Behavioral Health, a national crisis management, EAP and work-life company headquartered in Milwaukee, has developed an in-depth white paper on workplace violence.

In the aftermath of the Aurora, Colo., shootings, FEI talks about the warning signs and prevention of violence in the workplace. The workplace not only includes private office buildings and factories, but public spaces like retail shopping malls, grocery stores, colleges and universities and movie theaters. Many of the tips discussed in the white paper can apply to personal safety as well.

The white paper, titled Workplace Violence: Warning Signs and Prevention, focuses on:

  •     The warning signs to pay attention to in your co-workers
  •     Could workplace violence be prevented? Hindsight is 20/20
  •     How a comprehensive EAP can help in the aftermath of a tragedy
  •     The importance of a crisis plan to help the recovery effort

“Sadly, we are becoming immune to tragic events. Whenever there is a crisis in the workplace, it brings to light the importance of having an emergency plan in place,” said Ted Uczen, president of FEI. “Tragedies also make us ask ‘why,’ and ‘could this have been prevented’.”

While workplace violence cannot be prevented, knowing what warning signs to look for and having a plan to deal with a crisis will help businesses and people recover in the aftermath of a tragedy. It is something every level of the workforce can and should be aware of.

“Our goal is to build better awareness and understanding of workplace violence so that employers, especially those in public spaces, can maintain safe environments for their employees, as well as their customers,” Uczen said.

FEI has also written articles about managing social media during an emerging crisis, countering bullies, creating an effective crisis management plan and the benefits of a ‘free’ EAP.

For more than 30 years, FEI Behavioral Health has been a trusted partner in protecting and enhancing workforce effectiveness and organizational resiliency. FEI offers flexible solutions for the full spectrum of workforce resilience goals, from crisis preparedness and management to EAP and wellness services. The company integrates its mental health expertise and critical incident experience to provide emotional support and assistance in times of crisis both onsite and by phone. As part of Families International, the parent organization for FEI and three nonprofit organizations — the Alliance for Children and Families, United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), and Ways to Work — FEI leverages a broad network of resources and connections on behalf of clients. More information is available at http://www.feinet.com.

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