Violence in the Workplace: A Personal Experience

2019 Annual Conference & Exposition
Learn how to implement a program to deal with violence in the workplace, including policy, prevention, training and worksite audit components.

Understand workplace violence by examining the statistics, preventive measures, and tools for being aware of warning signs. Any organization and its management team will be able to enhance their workplace violence prevention program using the key steps and resources provided. Ideas include: open communication and sensitivity training for employees; prescreening and selection tips to lower the risk of negligent hiring; risk and threat assessment information; employee assistance programs; and handling terminations to reduce the threat of violence. The presenter will share her personal experience with tragedy at her company and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the warning signs regarding employees who could act violently in the workplace.
  • Train managers and employees to recognize warning signs and alert leaders.
  • Conduct training on violence in the workplace.
  • Develop and implement a workplace violence policy.
  • Develop and implement hiring practices to reduce risk in hiring possible offenders.
  • Conduct a workplace threat and risk assessment.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Kathleen H. McComber, SHRM-SCP

Kathleen H.
McComber, SHRM-SCP

Kathleen is currently the President of The HeaRt Group, a human resource consulting firm, with expertise in organizational development, talent acquisition and management, employee engagement, performance leadership, compensation and benefits. She is the former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. Prior to that, she was Corporate Vice President of Human Resources at Edgewater Technology in Fayetteville, AR for five years, helping with the acquisition of 44 companies to form Staffmark Inc., later becoming Edgewater. Prior to this position she held various executive human resources positions at Acxiom Corporation, Express Human Resources and M.M. Cohn.

In her last position, she was responsible for the human resource function in the UAMS Medical Center, which has over 6500 employees, as well as campus responsibility for the operation functions that includes compensation, HR analytics, recruitment, organizational development, employee relations, affirmative action, immigration, compliance, benefits, employee services, and performance management for 11,000 employees.

The HeaRt Group’s focus is to work with small to mid-sized business owners and executives to develop Human Resource practices best aligned with their business objectives and strategic plans. The HeaRt Group provides common sense human resource advice by solving Human Resource challenges, handling Human Resource issues and partnering with clients to enhance their organization.

Ms. McComber has over 40 years’ experience in the human resource profession and has done extensive work in the areas of compensation, benefits, employee relations, performance leadership, diversity and organizational development 30 of those at the senior level.

She is a member of the Central Arkansas Human Resource Association (CAHRA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) for many years. She has served on the CAHRA board of directors twice serving as Chair. She has also served on the SHRM Board of Directors for seven years and held the top volunteer position as Chair in 1998. She served four years on the Human Resource Certification Board and six years on the SHRM Foundation Board serving as chair in 2006.

She holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Arkansas and a M.A. in Management from Webster University. She is on the faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the College of Public Health and Webster University teaching leadership and human resource classes at the graduate level.

LVCC N205-208
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Concurrent Session
Relationship Management
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