Many businesses opt for employee termination security

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Many businesses opt for employee termination security

Employee Termination Security is an Option for Safety

In today’s workplace, managers at many businesses are understandably concerned about workplace violence issues when terminating an employee for cause.

An option for many companies is to hire employee termination security to mitigate the chance of an employee becoming violent.

It seems like every time we turn around there is a new story of workplace violence, and many of those stories are about employees going “postal” when they find out they are fired. It is no wonder that some human resources managers dread firing people.

To make matters worse, while providing employee termination security, I have seen several employees get away with many company policy violations because they were bullies. These workplace bullies make some managers afraid to confront  them on policy violations; much less fire them for their misconduct.

I’m sure we’ve all seen, or at least heard about, a workplace bully. I’ve found that they can be in any profession, from garbage men to employee termination securityattorneys.

They are usually loud, boisterous and intentionally intimidating. They often go around the office or other workplace with an angry demeanor and sometimes make mild threats like, “touch my tools and i’ll kick your a##!”

I’ve gone into many companies to perform employee termination security and the managers have told me and my partner that the employee to be terminated is an “angry person” and they may get “hostile”.

The vast majority of the time, when these guys get called into a room with just management and a couple of guys in suits, they are almost always pretty quiet and docile. They usually find themselves out of their element, with no one around to impress, and 2-3 security personnel who they don’t know quite what to make of.

As they are being escorted to clean out their desk or locker, and then out to their car, they usually ask what we are there for. I always reply professionally and tell them that management wanted to have employee termination security as a precaution.

It’s not always the workplace bully types that we get called for either. Many corporations have decided to have security present at all employee terminations. The cost of hiring a security contractor as a contingency “just in case” is much less expensive than dealing with an act of workplace violence.

Many companies feel that employee termination security is worth the expense to have anytime an employee is fired.


Grady Emmons, MSc, CPP

Grady Emmons has spent his 20-year career actively involved in protective services. His experience covers everything from law enforcement to private sector protection, corporate security and business investigations. In addition to other industry certifications, he holds a Master of Science degree in Law Enforcement Intelligence from Michigan State University and he is Board Certified in Security Management by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).

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