Typically, when we hear about trends, we hear about them around the first of the year. Experts in various industries suggest we can expect this or that to happen in the coming year.

So, it may seem unusual for me to be discussing corporate and facility security trends in the middle of the year. But when it comes to 2022, this has been anything but a usual year.

Let’s take a closer look.

At the beginning of the year, the economy was booming; there was optimism the pandemic was behind us, and there were no major wars in the world.

Six months later, the economy is struggling; COVID cases are increasing, and the war in Ukraine is pushing the limits of global tension and security.

All of these trends and changes impact corporate and facility security in businesses, schools, universities, and healthcare facilities, making earlier trends and predictions irrelevant.

So, let’s forget about these old trends and bring things up to date. Here is what I suggest will be happening or evolving related to security during the remaining months of 2022:

De-escalation Training. More organizations, especially those in health care, will be educating their staff on how to de-escalate tense situations. In most cases, they will be doing this with the help of corporate security experts. Staffers need to learn how to identify a potentially dangerous situation that could quickly get out of hand and how to cool things down.  This will help prevent injuries and damage to people, property, and assets.

Pandemic Related. Earlier in the year, many organizations believed – or hoped – they could put their COVID safety protocols on the shelf. That is no longer the case. Many public health officials now believe trends for the this virus, or variations of this virus, will be with us for years to come. This means one of the critical risks organizations will grapple with during the second half of 2022 is a resurgence of the virus and the need to protect the health of their staff.

Improvements in Business Continuity. Business continuity refers to the ability of an organization to be resilient, minimize losses, and keep functioning during adverse circumstances. Business continuity disruptions include workplace violence, data theft, domestic terrorism, or damage to property and assets. For the remainder of this year, expect more organizations to re-evaluate their business continuity plans and update them as necessary.

Updated Risk Assessments. Many of us do not realize that risk assessments are time sensitive. They are based on circumstances, risks, and potential hazards at the time they are conducted. However, things are constantly changing. Manufacturers may have brought in new equipment or potentially dangerous chemicals since the old risk assessment was conducted, making the old assessment out of date.

And consider that a risk assessment conducted just two years ago may not have even considered working situations where people work at home and in the office, opening the door to potential risks not even considered.

Further, we should point out that some insurers may not consider a risk assessment up-to-date if it is more than two years old. Because of these trends, issues, and many more, expect more organizations to hire professionals to conduct risk assessments in the remaining months of 2022.

As always, if we can help you ensure the safety of your organization’s people, property, and assets, we are here to help. For 25 years, we’ve been known for our Integrity, Reliability, and Confidentiality.

Johnathan Tal is Chief Executive Officer of TAL Global Corporation, an international investigative and risk-consulting firm. He served as a military field intelligence officer for the Israeli armed forces during the 1970s. Tal has also served as an antiterrorism security specialist. He is a licensed investigator, Certified Private Investigator (CPI), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree. He can be reached through his company website at www.talglobal.com.

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