Tragedy Triggers Workplace Violence Prevention Series

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Two months ago today Vancouver's business
community mourned the loss of Benjamin David Banky, a young entrepreneur who
was tragically killed after a disgruntled worker allegedly gunned him down at
a Christmas party. The employee had been let go only a day before. Every year
more than 1 to 2 million workplace-related crimes are reported in North
America. Fortunately there are steps companies can take to reduce their odds
of workplace violence.
    "No body wants to feel unsafe in their workplace," said Dr. Stephen Hart,
director of ProActive ReSolutions, a company that specializes in building
respectful workplaces. "Companies that train their staff to look for early
warning signs and deal with difficult situations before they escalate into
conflict are much less likely to experience violence."
    ProActive ReSolutions recently launched a two-part video series, in which
Hart identifies the early warning signs of workplace violence and addresses
conflict resolution strategies.
    With layoffs being prevalent this year due to a poor economy, Hart
believes it's more important than ever that companies, municipalities, and
government agencies train their staff in workplace violence prevention.
    "Everyone should know how to properly communicate difficult news in
difficult times," said Hart. "Workplaces that train their employees to create
a respectful environment, dramatically reduce their risk of violence."
    For more information on workplace violence prevention or to watch the
two-part video series visit:

    About ProActive ReSolutions

    With branch offices in Canada, Australia and the US, ProActive
ReSolutions Inc. is an internationally recognized leader in identifying
workplace conflict resolutions. For more information on speaking topics, fees
and availability in North America please call 1.877.585.9933 or (02) 9221-0446
in Australia.

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For further information: Media Contact: Jennifer Maloney, Spark PR,, (604) 727-4506

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