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Post-Employment Checks: Top Trend in Workplace Violence Prevention

Continual screening has become one of the top trends to reduce the risks of workplace violence.

Workplace violence results in more than 2 million victims annually and is the second leading cause of death amongst workers, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA).  OSHA defines workplace violence to mean, “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.”  Violence can range in form from verbal abuse to physical assaults and can affect employees, customers, clients and visitors.  The FBI reports that losses to corporations range between $6 to $36 billion annually with 80% of active shooter incidents occurring at a work site. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports risk factors can include; “personality conflicts; a mishandled termination or other disciplinary action; bringing weapons onto a work site; drug or alcohol abuse on the job; or a grudge over a real or imagined grievance as well as family conflicts; financial or legal problems or emotional disturbance.”

Mitigation of these risks requires a detailed workplace violence prevention plan that utilizes a multi-disciplined and organization-wide approach that integrates predictive risk modeling to identify, control and predict potential incidents. The adoption of continual screening post-employment can assist employers in monitoring and deterring risks when coupled with a “zero tolerance policy”.  Pre-employment checks often miss convictions that are recorded after a worker is employed.  Recourse for infractions should be clearly defined and acknowledged in the employment handbook.  

I’ve Been Vetted is a patent pending post-employment risk mitigation platform that includes; background, motor vehicle, credit and licensing checks coupled with machine learning algorithms to predict employment risk factors.

Compliance data and an employee’s unique risk profile are utilized to provide predictive analytics and visualization charts.  Our cutting-edge platform will help guide an organization’s strategic decision making, identify potential risks and mitigate risks once they occur.

Through continual monitoring a company benefits from reduced settlement and defense costs, determent of crimes, protection of reputation and can serve as a market differentiator.

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