How to Survive Work Place Trauma | Dr. Denyse Ray

The consequences of current horrible events which have been occurring consecutively around the globe had not only placed a strong fear over the employees but a sense of insecurity at workplaces. Fueling those fires is the constant bombardment of media accounts discussing the likelihood of future terrorist attacks. Wile, organization’s have found a way to the solution to this problem of insecurity sensed by everyone in the organization by placing physical security—doors and barriers designed to protect workers from outside threats coupled with upgraded building access procedures that will purport to eliminate or restrict the flow of unknown people into their workplace efforts might begin to address the outside threat, it does little or nothing to address the threat from within our own ranks.

The internal workplace trauma threat has been with us long before the terrorist attacks and will linger long after. It’s much more than another compliance burden. Your employee’s lives are in your hands.

The goal of this webinar is to help executives, managers and supervisors to document the signs of a significant behavior that can trigger workplace trauma, listen to employees, develop support systems, create crisis response teams and take actions.

Each day at workplace, employees are threatened, harassed and sometimes even physically or mentally abused, which do result in serious injuries or even death in some cases. These issues are not highlighted by media and are of major concern for employees.

The people responsible for maintaining a healthy safe work environment are pretty much aware of the facts but do nothing about it. There are no proper communication channels and qualified professional assistance to reduce the potential of these workplace traumas. Such workplace traumas are the major cause for employee tiredness, absenteeism, lower productivity and high turnovers. The costs associated with these problems are so high that organizations are knowingly becoming afraid of the effects of workplace trauma.

The surviving workplace trauma manual, deals with this problem from two directions: consulting and Training. Using this manual the employees will learn to: be aware about the behavioral changes of their co-workers which might leads to trauma, report such things to supervisors or person in charge, support that co-worker and avoid any conflict with a co-worker who is experiencing workplace trauma and be ready fro evacuation in case of a natural/man made disaster.

The victim of the trauma could be anyone in the organization and to make a thorough analysis of the reason for the trauma the attention from the victim must be diverged to other directions momentarily. The biggest failure to deal and eradicate the chances of workplace trauma is the myth that it could happen here and it could not be stopped. This manual is divided into informative modules and address common myths.

Survival and Cooperation

Employee participation and support network is very vital for the survival through a workplace trauma. Unfortunately, the emphasis of all literature is always on making workplace more productive and empowering workplaces. But the major issues at workplace are ignored. Even the most sophisticated workplace prevention program will fail unless all employees participate.

This participation is only possible if every employee understand the warning signs of potential traumatic behavior. The employees must be empowered enough and partner with supervisor to help identify and prevent workplace trauma.

Physiological Trauma

Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche that occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. The greater the trauma the badly it effects us. People who are traumatized can never be the same again they are bruised, injured oppressed, fragmented and shattered. Trauma has 3 levels: Basic trauma (accidents of all kinds), Interpersonal trauma ( a car accident maybe) and Developmental trauma that has the deepest impact of all.

The result of baggage of traumas, are mostly, intense emotional reactivity, pain, terror, shame, horror, grief, horrifying flashbacks, nightmares, triggering effects from various factors they link to that trauma. Treating them and keeping them safe at workplace is very important aspect of not just their careers but rather their complete life.


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