Last week I went to a particularly intriguing business lunch. If you know me at all, you know that there is little I love more than great conversation and lots of food. In this case, the food did not disappoint and neither did the conversation. In fact, at one point, a colleague of mine posed an interesting question that nearly made me put my fork down.
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It was asked, “What can leaders do about guns in their own facility?”
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The unfortunate truth is that hundreds of homicides occur in the workplace annually and shootings are responsible for the majority of them. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, “Homicides involving guns are the fourth-leading cause of occupational deaths in the United States and the leading cause of workplace deaths for women.”
So, the question remains, what can leaders do about guns in their own facility?
With few exceptions, employers maintain the right to restrict employees from having weapons in the workplace. The fact is, when a heated situation occurs or when emotions are running high, having weapons on hand might have bad consequences. As HR professionals, this is something we want to avoid. Safety, in our books, comes first – even before Fun Socks.
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No matter what your political stance may be, HRM Innovations strongly encourages you to consider instituting or amending your safety policy to include the banning of weapons on the premises. While we ultimately can’t ensure that something bad won’t happen, we can take the right preventative measures to make sure that the odds of an incident occurring are minimized.
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If you would like any additional information regarding weapons in the workplace, we encourage you to visit www.shrm.org.  And, as always, please visit our Facebook page or Twitter account to post a picture of your Fun Socks!
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