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Jim Hardeman, Executive Director, Workplace Violence Interventions
WVIS.com - Workplace Violence Interventions and Strategies
Jim HardemanJim Hardeman is the founder of Workplace Violence Interventions and Strategies, a Massachusetts based consulting firm, which specializes in awareness, education, and advanced training in workplace violence prevention.
By training large and small businesses and human service agencies to develop model practices, Workplace Violence Interventions
encourages trained participants to return to their places of employment and train key personnel on workplace violence prevention. Prior to founding Workplace Violence Interventions and Strategies, Jim worked for 15 years as a manager of Polaroid Corporation's Employee Assistance Program.Jim Hardeman was the principal designer of Polaroid's workplace violence procedures, protocols and guidelines.His
knowledge and skills in the field of family violence and workplace violence prevention have made Polaroid Corporation
internationally known for its workplace safety practices.He
also has a wealth of experience in the field of sexual harassment, substance abuse, training and stress reduction. Jim Hardeman served as Deputy Superintendent of a medium security prison facility and Superintendent of a pre-release correctional facility for youthful offenders.He was also appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Planning for Social Services at the Executive Office of Human Services, State House, Boston, Massachusetts.As Deputy Director, Jim monitored state human service agency's service delivery and agency operations.He
has also been employed for more than 12 years at the psychological counseling center at Brandeis University
has experience in community mental health and has taught social work courses at both undergraduate and graduate level.He is currently on the staff of Boston Colleges Graduate School of Social Work and has taught at the school for 10 years. Jim
is a frequent lecture and speaker on family violence and sexual assault.He
is also a survivor of child abuse and founder of a battered woman's shelter and a batterer's treatment program.Mr. Hardeman is a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence and on the Massachusetts based Crime and Justice Foundation.He
has received numerous awards and achievements throughout his
career, including the Greatest Contribution
to Social Work from the National Association of Social Work
, Massachusetts Chapter
, invitation to the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Justice File, NBC Evening News
, Personal meeting with President Clinton and 60 Minutes.
Australia's CEO Challenge - Breakfast with Jim Hardeman
Jim Hardeman, founder of the CEO Challenge Program in the US, is a specialist in awareness, education and advanced training in workplace violence prevention and also possesses a wealth of knowledge within the field of sexual harassment, substance abuse, training and stress reduction.
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Jim Hardeman; Polaroid DV program developer, Corporate DV consulting, wrote Ph.D on Quincy project, Massachusetts
Jim Hardeman, executive director of Workplace Violence Interventions and Strategies in Plymouth, Mass., recalls a time when he faced harassment as the corporate EAP manager at Polaroid Corp.
"I had just started mandatory training on guidelines for our workplace violence prevention program and a number of employee were pissed off," he explains.
But Jim Hardeman
believes it's also because HR people do not typically have the knowledge or skills to conduct their own safety planning.
Because of this, they'll fail to notify security prior to a termination, they'll neglect to have another person in the room with them, they'll fail to think through an emergency escape plan, or they'll leave things on their desks than can be used to harm them. (See sidebar: "How to terminate potential violent employees - and live")
All of this can be remedied by the appropriate training and assistance from workplace violence consultants, but companies have to be willing to make the investment.
"This is an investment that is absolutely instrumental in saving the lives of HR people," Hardeman