Archive for March, 2012

Workplace Violence – Prevention for Employees

March 30th, 2012 Comments off

Nonviolent confrontation management would have been useful in this situation I’m sure, and there is a definite need for employers in every work setting to have prevention for employees training.

Fight between co-workers leads to stabbing

One person is in custody and a second is in hospital after a stabbing involving employees at a factory in Vaughan on Thursday night.

York Regional Police said two employees got into a dispute of some kind, which led to the stabbing.

The violent incident occurred at a business on Confederation Parkway, near Dufferin Street and Langstaff Road, at about 10:30 a.m.

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Natural Disaster – Tornado Hits School Bus

March 30th, 2012 Comments off

An amazing story of a school bus driver’s handling of what could have been a horrible outcome has surfaced along with tornado footage from inside her school bus.  Angel Perry isn’t hailed a hero in the article or video clip below, but undoubtedly should be.

A natural disaster can occur with little notice, and that was the case in Henryville, Indiana on the day Ms. Perry was returning 11 children home from school.  The way Ms. Perry handled herself and communicated with her young passengers was incredibly well handled, from the way she delivered instructions to the relaxed tone in her voice as not to cause panic – crisis communication can come in all forms I suppose.

Ms. Perry’s ability to remain calm allowed her to make a critical decision – to turn back to the school to take cover from the tornado, and as you’ll see from the camera video from inside the bus, it was a good one.  Even while navigating traffic, making difficult decisions and keeping her passengers calm, Ms. Perry had the wherewithal to have them count off so she knew on exit how many she needed to get off the bus when the time came – listen for it at the end of the video.

Hats off to Ms. Perry.

Video footage and story can be viewed here.


Bus Camera Catches Driver’s Heroics As Tornado Bears Down

Henryville Bus Driver Makes Last-Minute Decision To Go Back To School


HENRYVILLE, Ind. — Dramatic video from a Henryville school bus captured the heroic actions of a driver as she rushed her young passengers to safety as a tornado bore down.

The video, released Thursday, documents the frantic minutes before a massive tornado hit in Henryville on March 2, destroying the high school.

Bus driver Angel Perry was three miles from the school with 11 elementary children on board when reports of a funnel cloud were broadcast over the radio.

“I stopped the bus for a second, put my hands down and said, ‘Dear Lord, what do I do?'” Perry recalled.

That’s when she sprang into action, turning the bus around to head back to school and reassuring her young passengers.

“A tornado is on the ground guys. Quiet! The tornado is on the ground,” Perry can be heard saying in the video. “If you got a book to put over your head, do it. Get in the middle.”

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Executive Protection – Situational Awareness

March 23rd, 2012 Comments off

IMAC Training offers a course titled Executive Protection – A Practitioners Overview to try and avoid situations like this.

Kim Kardashian gets flour-bombed on red carpet

Kim Kardashian got more than she bargained for when she hit the red carpet Thursday in Hollywood.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the reality-show star was doing interviews outside the London Hotel in West Hollywood when a woman walked up and doused her with what the police report referred to as “powder.” The substance was reportedly believed to be a bag of cooking flour.

The unidentified woman was detained by the hotel’s security and held until authorities arrived.

Meanwhile Kardashian reportedly went to her hotel room for about ten minutes, where she removed the flour from her clothes and hair and returned to the red carpet.

The famous businesswoman did not wish to press charges against the woman but police still filed a non-criminal battery report.

Paramedics were also called to the scene but Kardashian refused medical attention.

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You Are Stagnant, Please Contact Me

March 21st, 2012 Comments off

I received an email from a company account manager introducing himself as my new contact.  The email noted that he was going through “…stagnant accounts…” and we were one of them – the company provided an excellent service, we just haven’t required it in some time.

I thought that being referred to as stagnant was odd, even negative, so I looked up the dictionary meaning.  Stale, foul from standing, lack of development, sluggish and dull were some of the ones that popped out at me.  The thesaurus was even less kind with dead, filthy, lifeless, putrid and stale.  I guess from a marketing perspective, approaching a potential or existing client would be best done with verbiage that reads more positively.  This would probably translate well for use in sales email communications as well.

“Hello Mr. Anderson, I was reviewing your account and noticed that you have not required our strike security or high risk terminations services in some time…”

The above still has a negative with “…have not required…” and the general tone leans negative (‘not required’ and ‘in some time’), so even better would be…

“Hello Mr. Anderson, I was reviewing your account and noticed you utilized our investigation services in 2010.  We have implemented some excellent new…”.

Thank You for Applying – What are your Facebook Credentials?

March 20th, 2012 Comments off

As an investigative tool we can enhance our surveillance efforts by getting to know a subject through a social media investigation.  But during an interview, and it real time?  Are they looking to avoid hiring a party person, someone with imagery conducive to workplace violence or that their ‘hobbies’ as noted on their resume match the photos on their Facebook page?  That’s what some recruiters are now doing as part of an interview for employment – asking for login credentials of the interviewee on the spot.  An interesting from of employment screening definitely.

I’m not sure this kind of tactic will be permitted legally going forward, but I definitely know that there’ll be lots of people out there with two personal profiles once the word gets out that they may encounter this in an interview.  One ‘real’ profile with all of their crazy party photos with friends, and one ‘dummy’ profile with photos of family, volunteering at soup kitchens and helping seniors across the road.

Job seekers get asked to provide Facebook logins

SEATTLE — When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.

Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn’t see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.

Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn’t want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no.

In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.

“It’s akin to requiring someone’s house keys,” said Orin Kerr, a George Washington University law professor and former federal prosecutor who calls it “an egregious privacy violation.”

Questions have been raised about the legality of the practice, which is also the focus of proposed legislation in Illinois and Maryland that would forbid public agencies from asking for access to social networks.

Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publicly available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates. But many users, especially on Facebook, have their profiles set to private, making them available only to selected people or certain networks.

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Bullying in the Workplace

March 15th, 2012 Comments off

After an outstanding and informative session with Dr. Dennis Davis, IMAC training is pleased to announce that Workplace Bullying: Identification and Response is now live.  This workplace violence themed course has also been approved for 1 HRCI credit.

Workplace Bullying: Identification and Response

Workplace Violence Can Strike Anywhere

March 14th, 2012 Comments off

Another unfortunate reminder of this came last week when Dale Regan, head of school in Jacksonville was gunned down by a fired teacher.  Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace.  The U.S. Department of Labor identifies factors that can increase the risk of workplace violence as:

  • Exchanging money with the public.
  • Working with volatile, unstable people.
  • Working alone or in isolated areas.
  • Working where alcohol is served.
  • Working late at night or in areas with high crime rates.

None of these are relevant to a school setting, but violence still found its way there.  Behavioral warning signs are sometimes present, but in a termination, follow up safeguards may be necessary for high risk employees.

Workplace violence: ‘Anywhere, anytime’

by Karen Brune Mathis

Dale Regan’s death Tuesday, which police said was at the hands of a fired teacher, bears out the national statistic that homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace.

According to police, the 63-year-old head of school at the private Episcopal School of Jacksonville was shot and killed Tuesday by 28-year-old Shane Schumerth, a Spanish teacher who was fired earlier in the day. He then killed himself.

As the school, police and the community grapple with the deaths, area organizations likely are reviewing their security and employment policies to determine how to prevent such a tragedy.

It’s not a simple exercise.

“The sad but true fact is all such incidents cannot realistically be prevented. If someone is sick or intent enough to commit such an act there is often nothing that can be done to ensure total prevention short of turning our society into a police state,” said Michael Freed, managing partner of the Brennan, Manna & Diamond firm in Jacksonville. His practice includes business and corporate law.

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50% Off ‘Nonviolent Confrontation Management Training’

March 9th, 2012 Comments off

IMAC Online Training Academy is offering 50% off ‘Nonviolent Confrontation Management Training’  in the month of March.

Armed Robbery

March 1st, 2012 Comments off

The staff inside this bank must have handled the armed robbery well given that there were no injuries or casualties inside the bank.  I say this because the suspect was obviously willing to use his weapon if things weren’t going his way – shooting at an officer on a routine patrol as he fled the bank.

I would think that everything inside the bank went smoothly in part because the employees must have at some point received armed robbery response training.

Officer Shot Responding to Bank Robbery, Suspect at Large
Rick Chambers

CHINO, Calif. (KTLA) — A manhunt is underway for a bank robbery suspect who shot and wounded a Chino police officer.

The robbery occurred around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at California Bank and Trust at 5455 Riverside Drive.

Police say the suspect was wearing a ski mask and body armor, and was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle.

An officer who was on a routine patrol in the area saw the gunman running from the bank.

The suspect fired six to eight shots, hitting the officer in the leg.

The officer was able to drive himself to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition Wednesday night.

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