Every year I try to remind clients and readers of my blog to be careful around the upcoming holiday! Now, between my domestic terrorism program, LA Talk Radio Show, and the services offered through Potts & Associates, I want to caution business owners, managers and supervisors to keep in mind the liabilities associated with “Holiday” parties. Providing alcohol could be problematic if an employee subsequently leaves the party and has an accident.
In addition, since I am sure most will be shopping for gifts at the local mall, I want you to stay aware of your surroundings. The malls are becoming “soft targets.” For those of you that have taken our active shooter training do not forget the safety tips we gave you.
On another note, ‘Tis the season for giving.” One employer has decided to give a gift to all of his employees. The company is located in Wisconsin and the owner has decided that the best gift to give his staff is a HANDGUN! He has already begun the process.
The owner said the decision to give employees handguns as a gift was made as part of an effort to “promote personal safety and team building.
The owner remarked, “Most employees were excited at the prospect of receiving their handgun.” One employee, said she felt empowered by the gift, which she believes will help keep her safe.…
At least two employees initially declined the gift, but are considering accepting it after taking a gun safety course the business had employees take before getting their guns.
When asked about violence in the workplace issues the owner said he wasn’t worried about workplace violence because his business has a small staff and all of the employees know each other well. He also stated, “For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” he said. “I think that’s pretty good.”
Are you kidding me? Is an armed staff really “pretty good?” I, for one, do not believe that guns belong around the American workplace, period. Whether it’s an office, warehouse, factory, school, or whatever. Guns do not belong at or near work. Those of you that have heard me say this during the active shooter training or on my LA Talk Radio show know how I feel about guns at work. This employer, Wisconsin or not, is opening himself up to litigation if someone uses those guns at or away from work.
Please use some common sense with your holiday plans and remember to be aware, be vigilant, and be safe!