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How to Choose a Reputable Self-defense Program for your Employees

It's no secret that many businesses are implementing wellness programs into their benefits packages these days. Anything from having trainers come in and teach classes, to having fitness centers on the premises to kicking back something to the employers for joining a local club. A healthier, more fit and more confident employee is most likely happier, more productive, more focused and able to better resolve conflicts. Plus, insurance providers look favorably on these types of programs. That's a real bonus!

One of the newest wellness programs to come to the forefront is self-defense/personal safety training.

What does something like this consist of? This kind of program can take on a few different forms, from a “lunch and learn” concept that focuses on all the levels of awareness, an intro to self-defense training where employees will learn some hands on skills, and 3-4 hour programs or ongoing programs that get even more involved and intensely physical, simulating actual attacks.

To get the most out of a program like this, some safety assessment conversations should happen first with the provider in order to truly understand your business and any gaps that may exist. A manufacturing company may need something completely different than say a doctor's office or realtor.

​Here are 8 Items to look for in a Corporate Self Defense Program:

  1. Licensed/Certified Teachers. Find a person/company who has been teaching these programs for years and has a certification in actual safety training. Experience counts here. Plus, is this program tailored to your specific needs? A one sized fits all program is just that. A good trainer/program will be customized to fit your employees, business, work environment

  2. Open dialogue with Explanation on how to approach the program without apprehension. Your employees may be a bit concerned about what will happen. The trainer/instructor should be able to give some tips on how to set up this concept with your people so there isn't “push back” on their part.

  3. Testimonials. Talk with past clients that have gone through the program. Read reviews etc. The trainer/company should be able to provide some references about how this program helped previous clients.

  4. A program that clearly outlines the goals and expectations. It's important that both employers and employees know exactly what they will be getting into so there are no surprises. People hear “self defense” and they think someone is going to be karate chopping them. You also want to be clear with the trainer what you are attempting to gain from the program.

  5. The team is experienced and knowledgeable. As mentioned above, experience counts here. Does the company have a fitness/martial arts self defense background? Can they tell you why you should choose them?

  6. The training team is personable. Obviously we learn better from those we like. If someone is fun and personable we are enjoying ourselves AND getting something out of the program. If you call a company and don't like the customer service on the phone, you might call someone else. Same thing goes for a personal safety program at your company.

  7. What is included in their curriculum? Do They take a 360 degree approach to teaching? There are 4 different types of awareness in a self-defense/personal safety training. All of these should be covered in their program. a.Mental b.Emotional c.Environmental d. Physical

  8. You leave feeling empowered. Listen, you're not in this just for the fun. You want to feel empowered, strong confident and energized.

The value of implementing a Self-defense/personal safety training is monumental for both employers and employees. Giving your employees the skills needed to keep themselves safe helps them feel valued and worthwhile. Plus they are gaining confidence which in turn can lead to better productivity, more sales and more focus. Employers get the benefit of better production and focus from employees, possible health insurance advantages from incorporating wellness programs, and the knowledge they are taking care of their people.

In the end, all benefit the bottom line.!

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