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360 Merrimack Street Building 9 3rd Floor
North Lawrence, Ohio,44666
Family Continuity is a pioneering nonprofit human service agency, actively serving individuals, families and communities throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts. Through a diverse array of clinical, social and therapeutic services, we strive to live our m... more.
Boston Colleges Graduate School of Social Work
Chief Executive Officer
Member, Workplace Violence Intervention and Strategies
DV Program Developer, Corporate DV Consulting
CEO Challenge Program
Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence
Our Leadership: Silent Witness National Iniative
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 says.
Results Projects: Silent Witness National Initiative
Silent Witness Mentor: James Hardeman, 508-746-0660, email@example.com
Can We Raise Caring Children in Violent Times Magazine Page
Interventions: The curative effects of outside intervention are attested to by Jim Hardeman of Plymouth, Massachusetts, who has publicly described his father as physically abusive.
“I used to stay out on the streets all night,” he recalls, “because it was safer than going home.” Still, Hardeman managed to graduate from college and succeed in business. At 54 he’s manager of the Corporate Employee Assistance Program at Polaroid. “Given my background, I should have ended up in jail and probably would have,” he says, “had there not been involved adults–Scout masters, teachers, a next-door neighbor–who told me I was somebody and let me know they cared.” We’ve been raised to think that what goes on in the home is private, which explains why most of us are reluctant to get involved. What should you do if you know a child is at risk? “Step in,” says Hardeman.
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.