Business Continuity NewsBriefs - September 12, 2018
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Terrorism in the Workplace

September 12, 2018 - Workplaces are good targets for terrorism. There may be activities or policies that prompt terror attacks, but sometimes workplaces are chosen as targets simply because many people are there. And sometimes the terrorist is an insider about whom nobody saw suspicious behavior. Regardless of the causes or actors, there are things you can do to mitigate your risk or prevent terrorist attacks and to learn how to recognize potential problems and deal with people afterward. These articles provide some help.

"Fear is the mother of foresight." 
-- Thomas Hardy --

1. Minimizing the Risk of Terrorism in the Workplace

The recent Manchester bombing, followed by the terrorist attacks in London have prompted increased security efforts in social spaces, shopping areas and event spaces, but what about the workplace? What are the responsibilities of an employer, how can they be proactive in keeping employees safe, and being how can they prepared for the unexpected?

2. Terrorism, Security and Your Safety in the Workplace

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the subsequent instances of domestic terrorism, brutally taught the nation that workplaces could be terrorist targets. Although no one can predict how and where a terrorist will strike, it is wise for every company to be prepared for a terrorist attack. This brochure may be helpful in your workplace.

3. Eight ways to reduce the threat of a terrorist attack

There are a range of interventions that can be adopted to reduce the risks of a terrorist attack at work. The authors recommend taking an approach that balances both mitigation strategies and adaptive capacity. In this context, mitigation takes the form of physical defenses that can be put in place to make it harder for attackers to infiltrate a business. Adaptive capacity, on the other hand, is the less tangible yet equally vital ability for an organization to maintain situational awareness at all times. This ensures potential threats are anticipated, and effective decisions made that lead to appropriate actions being taken. With this in mind, we have put together 8 simple steps to help you protect your staff and organization.

4. How to Talk About Terrorist Violence at Work

This article, prompted by events in Nice, Dallas and Orlando, provides much helpful information on how to discuss terrorism violence at work. Remember that shocking headlines are not necessarily a taboo subject at work. In fact, if you and your coworkers are upset, talking about your reactions will likely make you more productive afterward. If you're an employee whose company isn't talking about a tragedy, and you think it should be, bring your concerns to a trusted senior colleague or mentor in the office.

5. Four ways smart people cope at work after a terrorist attack

The days after a terrorist attack like this, it's normal for your heart to feel heavy, for your mind to wander elsewhere. There are extensive guides on how to talk to children about terrorism, and some of their recommendations apply to working adults.

6. Recognize the Terrorist in Your Workplace: Reading Red Flags

Perception is paramount. We are susceptible to being caught off guard by violence in the workplace because we have not noticed any red flags that would indicate we work with dangerous people-not because they are not there. In many cases, we do not see suspicious behavior because we are not looking. Remember that just like in a real neighborhood, within a professional workplace, a neighborhood watch program does not work if no one is watching.

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