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.
- 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.