An employee is a higher risk for workplace violence if they display the following, according to a study done by OSHA:
- Sudden, persistent complaining about unfair treatment
- Blaming others for problems
- Change in behavior or decline in job performance
- Stated hope for something bad to happen to supervisor or co-worker
- Increase in absenteeism
- Refusal to accept criticism about work performance
- Inability to manage feelings; outbursts of swearing or slamming doors
Workplace Violence is a serious issue, and it isn’t going away. The bigger a company is, the higher the risk, rising around 200% when employee numbers reach 10, 50, and 200 employees. Risks are usually recorded and researched from three main groups: 1. Co-Workers or Employees. 2. Customers/Clients/Patients/Students. 3. Domestic Violence (abuser commits violence on a worker at the workplace).
Do you have a Workplace Violence Prevention Policy in place? Do your employees know it? Do you have procedures in place to 1. mitigate the risk, 2. diffuse trouble, 3. legally and safely fire a risky individual, and 4. deal with a crisis?
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