Firms Resolve to Prevent Workplace Violence in 2013

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A new report from the Institute of Finance & Management (IOFM) found that nearly half of organizations surveyed experienced an increase in physical violence against employees by “external parties” over the last 12 months compared with the previous 12 month period.

The report will help organizations adopt to changes in the law; implement new tools, strategies and knowledge and incorporate lessons learned to strengthen existing violence preventions efforts.

Shocked by recent incidents of violence in educational institutions and other workplaces, senior executives have resolved to implement strong measures to avert rising acts of violence in their own organizations.

In fact, a new report from the Institute of Finance & Management (IOFM) found that nearly half of organizations surveyed by IOFM experienced an increase in physical violence against employees by “external parties” over the last 12 months compared with the previous 12 month period.

The report, “Master Guide to Workplace Violence: Threats, Prevention, Policies and Best Practices,” includes the latest research on workplace violence and implications for violence prevention.

“It is true that American workplaces have been made safer in recent decades, but the current data trend suggests a rapid—and disturbing reversal,” says RD Whitney, CEO of IOFM.

Incidents of workplace violence are being closely monitored by federal and state authorities. According to preliminary statistics recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 17 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2011 were the result of workplace violence.

The “IOFM Master Guide to Workplace Violence” includes the latest data from private and public studies, sample prevention policies, program benchmarks, current incident trends and prevention strategies.

“The report will help organizations adopt to changes in the law; implement new tools, strategies and knowledge and incorporate lessons learned to strengthen existing violence preventions efforts,” says Mr. Whitney.

For more information, contact Michael Sherman at michael.sherman(at)iofm(dot)com.

About IOFM: The Institute of Finance and Management is the recognized leader in providing corporate security executives and other business professionals with tools, intelligence and reports for enhancing workplace safety for organizations across all industries.

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