By Kenneth J. Miller
Companies should implement a comprehensive policy that looks at the issue holistically and addresses not only guns, but violence in the workplace. The first step is to develop a multidisciplinary team to frame the issue and develop appropriate policies. The team should include: HR representatives, legal, finance, IT, and security. The leader of the team should be personally selected by the CEO. When the CEO selects a representative and gives that person the authority to make decisions and develop policies, the CEO is signaling approval and a high level of support that is essential to the success of the policy. Additionally, the team may benefit from bringing in expert consultants to assist them in identifying and mitigating risk, and in developing policies or best practices that have been successful in other organizations.
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