Violence in the Workplace
Violence in the Workplace

Workplace violence is more than violence reported to law enforcement. The most common forms of workplace violence are assaults, stalking, and domestic violence.
Situations That Might Push People to Violence
  • Losing a job or fear of losing a job.
  • Receiving a warning or reprimand.
  • Not receiving an expected raise or promotion.
  • Believing others are acting unfairly or showing hostility.
  • Holding a grudge against a supervisor or coworker.
  • Emotional or mental illness that causes people to blame work for their problems.
  • Substance abuse, especially with drugs that cause violent behavior.
  • Jealousy, revenge, and similar reactions to rejection by a spouse or partner.
  • Inability to cope with overwhelming personal, financial, and/or health problems.
Security Measures
  • Wear an identification badge at all times.
  • Don’t lend your identification badge to others.
  • Keep security doors closed and locked.
  • Escort visitors (even relatives or ex-employees) to the work area after they sign-in and wear a nametag.
  • Set up a “danger signal” with coworkers.
  • Know security and police phone numbers.
  • Tell security if you see a stranger with no identification in a work area.
  • Report any burned out or inadequate lighting.
  • Lock up purses and valuables.
  • Inform security if you’re being stalked or harassed, or if you fear being attacked at work.
Be Alert to Potentially Violent Behavior
  • Threats of violence.
  • Threats to “get even” with you, coworkers, or supervisors.
  • Repeated attempts to intimidate you or others.
  • Talks a lot about weapons.
  • States that others are out to “get” him or her.
  • Holds grudges.
  • Blames others for problems.
  • Displays frequent, unreasonable anger.
  • Combines disturbing behaviors with substance abuse.
Report behavior that concerns you. You may be able to head off violence and get troubled people the help they need.
If You’re Attacked
  • Try to run away and yell to alert others to the attack.
  • Hand over money, jewelry, etc., to a robber.
  • Don’t threaten or yell at the person.
Investigations of Violent Behavior
  • Don’t move or remove anything from an investigation scene without permission.
  • Answer all questions from security personnel or police.