Now that you have reviewed the national business case statistics in the Get the Facts section for addressing partner violence in the workplace and perhaps have used the Cost Calculator for Employers to estimate your organization's financial risk due to partner violence, we hope you are ready to TAKE ACTION in your organization.
The first step is to join (see the link above). New STANDING FIRM Members are entitled to a free 30-minute Getting Started telephone consultation, designed to help plan a meaningful approach to addressing partner violence in your organization. The best practice action steps available behind the member portal will also help you plan your organization's strategy in the most effective way possible. They are summarized here.
The Strategy: Build In, Not Bolt On
Most new initiatives are bound to fail if employees, managers or leadership think of the initiative as "just one more new thing I have to do," says Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, Center for Inclusion in Health Care at UPMC, so build in STANDING FIRM action steps wherever they fit best in your organization, e.g. safety, wellness, human resources policies and procedures.
- Find a champion
- Make the business case for your company
- Develop or upgrade your policy and procedures
- Learn about relevant community referrals
- Develop or review your workplace violence emergency plan