Workplace violence addressed in area HR seminar

If there was a shooting at your workplace would you be prepared?

It's a question many folks working in human resources were asked during a workplace safety seminar.

There were three main speakers at the luncheon, sponsored by the Michiana Chapter from the Society for Human Resource Management.

“It definitely hits close to home,” says Michiana SHRM President, Paula Wood. “It’s been an event that not only made the national news but there’s also been a rise in crime.. Purdue etc. It's a timely matter that needed to be addressed.”

A lawyer talked about legal ways to protect employees including restraining orders..

Sergeant Trent Smith, from Indiana State Police, gave a presentation on what to expect when police are called in to investigate a shooting.

The counseling service, New Avenues, gave some tips on what kind of behavior to look for among co-workers.

Smith says, “We'll come out to your business to talk to you. What a Fortune 500 company needs.. compared to a mom and pop is obviously going to be totally different, so you have to customize it for each business or operation.”

This particular seminar has been in the works for months after the shooting at Martins.

However they also talked about other types of violence, like fighting that often needs to be addressed at work.


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