• Maybo is a leader in conflict management training and workplace violence reduction for the retail sector

    Retail

    Retail operations lie at the heart of nearly every community, yet significant numbers of staff experience verbal abuse, threats or even physical assault. Maybo provides staff with the skills to safely recognise and respond to challenging behaviours, which helps to improve the safety and security of your colleagues and customers, whilst protecting the reputation of your business.

    Trusted experience and expertise

    Risks to the safety of staff and customers can be hard to mitigate in retail environments, where many factors are present that can lead to disruptive and violent incidents such as theft, anti-social behaviour, groups of young people and homelessness.

    We believe that while it is impossible to defuse every situation, by teaching managers, staff and security personnel how best to professionally deal with dissatisfied customers and difficult behaviours, the number of incidents that end in assault or harm can be greatly reduced.

    Maybo also provides physical intervention and incident response training for staff and security personnel that undertake activities that carry heightened safety risks, such as confronting suspected thieves.

    We have developed bespoke programmes for customer-facing teams and managers at many of the largest international and national retailers for over 20 years. Large and small retailers have also benefited from our work with the British Retail Consortium on educational initiatives such as 'Trouble in Store' and the national guidance we produced for retailers on reducing risk in the Loss Prevention Function, 'Physical Intervention: Reducing Risk'. 

    Maybo Training Programmes

    Explore the range of training modules in Maybo's retail curriculum below

    • eLearning

    • Classroom

    • Train the trainer

    • Blended learning

    • Preventing Conflict and Reducing Risk

      This module is for people who regularly interact with customers or members of the public in their role.
       

      Risks, Rights and Responsibilities

      • Difficult behaviours
      • Rights and responsibilities in your role
      • Plan to reduce risks and vulnerabilities


      Factors That Influence Behaviour

      • Common causes of difficult behaviours
      • Instinctive reactions to emotional or threatening situations
      • Potential triggers in self and others
      • Levels of escalation


      Positive Interactions and Choices

      • People's needs and expectations
      • Influencing positive outcomes
      • Overcoming barriers to communication

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • Blended learning Blended learning
    • Safer De‑escalation

      This module covers de-escalation strategies to alleviate a situation and achieve a positive and safer outcome.

      Dynamic Risk Assessment

      • Maybo SAFER model
      • Risk identification
      • Informed decision-making


      De-escalation Skills

      • Positive, non-aggressive approaches
      • Safer positioning and teamworking skills
      • Strategies to defuse, calm and resolve


      Personal Safety and Post-incident

      • Confronting behaviour
      • Heightened risk indicators
      • Exit strategies in higher-risk situations
      • Post-event impact and responsibilities

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
      • Blended learning Blended learning
    • Safer Lone Working

      This eLearning module explores the risks we may experience when working alone and the steps we can take to increase our personal safety.
       

      • Risks and vulnerabilities of lone working
      • Risk reduction measures we can take to prepare for working alone
      • Reducing risk when travelling alone
      • Reduce risk when arriving at a premises

       

      Delivery methods:

      • eLearning eLearning
    • Personal Safety and Disengagement

      This module provides additional practical strategies for reducing risks of assault and can include low level escorting and re-direction skills.

      It is relevant for employees whose roles require them to engage with people whose behaviour can be unpredictable.

      Risks, Rights and Responsibilities

      • Defining defensive skills and interventions
      • Risks of using physical skills
      • Authority for the use of physical skills
      • Individual and team responsibilities 
      • The importance of secondary strategies to reduce the need for physical skills


      Defensive Personal Safety Skills to Avoid Assault and Disengage

      • Training and operational risks associated with the use of Maybo physical skills
      • Low arousal positioning and defensive skills to avoid assault and reduce risk
      • Low arousal skills to release from wrist and clothing grips
      • Contextual applications of Maybo disengagement skills

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
    • Redirection and Guiding

      This module provides additional low arousal redirection and guiding skills. 

      • Training and operational risks
      • Low arousal physical intervention skills to prompt or guide an individual
      • Low arousal physical intervention skills to re-direct an individual
      • Applications of Maybo low/ non-restrictive skills relevant to role

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
    • Holding and Escorting

      This module provides non-aggressive physical intervention skills for use as a last resort to prevent people coming to harm. It is relevant for employees whose roles require them to engage with people whose behaviour can be unpredictable and may need to be held.

      Recognising and Reducing Risk

      • Key risk factors of restrictive physical interventions
      • Individual and team responsibilities to reduce risk and respond to medical emergencies


      Holding and Escorting

      • Training and operational risks associated with non-pain compliant restrictive skills
      • Non-aggressive restrictive holding and escorting skills 
      • Structured exercises
      • Positioning and teamwork in transitions between skills


      Containing and Supporting

      • Reduce risk whilst containing a seated person
      • Teamwork skills to support a person to a seated position on the floor
      • De-escalation and re-engagement skills
      • Applications relevant to the role


      Some services and roles may require training in higher levels of intervention and equipment, which Maybo can provide subject to controls.

       

      Delivery methods:

      • Classroom Classroom
      • Train the trainer Train the trainer
    • The delegates, who were from a diverse range of Tate departments, each found it relevant to their areas and everyone I talked to reported gaining loads of new practical tools and increased confidence in communications.

      Tate Modern - Production Manager

    • Everyone who attended yesterday’s session was absolutely full of praise for the course and the training, I have had excellent feedback on pretty much every aspect of the delivery and content. If we need any further training we will certainly be in immediate contact with Maybo.

      Tate Modern - Production Manager

    • Excellent training session. Kept us all interested for the whole day. Would highly recommend.

      McDonald's Restaurants - Delegate

    • The online training has worked well. We’ve been able to reduce abstraction time for staff for direct training from two days to one.

      Debenhams - Operations Team

    • The course alerted managers to how sensitive management of people after a violent incident can reduce trauma symptoms and aid recovery.

      Mothercare - Profit Protection

    • The level of service and attentiveness to client needs is unparalleled.

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