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Desk Rage: Learn the Signs of an Overworked Employee

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Workplace Violence on the Rise

In a nationwide study conducted by AlliedBarton Security Services, slightly more than half of the 1030 individuals surveyed reported that they had seen, heard about or experienced either violence in their workplace or that they had experienced an incident that could have lead to violence. These stats are frightening, as are those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrating that there were more than 700 homicides on average per year that occurred in the workplace between 1992 and 2009.

Bill Whitmore, chairman, president and CEO of AlliedBarton Services, indicated in the release of the survey that, “Workplace violence often starts as verbal assaults or harassment and can escalate into threatening behavior, bullying, physical assaults and even, in some instances, deadly encounters.”  HR professionals need to be aware of this threat and take action. 

Stats on Workplace Violence

According to the Violence in the American Workplace survey:

  • 5 percent of those responding had experienced or were affected by violence at work. 
  • 12 percent saw or knew about an event that caused significant physical damage. 
  • 28 percent said that a violent event or an event that could lead to violence had happened to them. 
  • 29 percent did not report the violent event that they either experienced or heard about nor did they take any kind of action. 
  • 34 percent said they were somewhat or very concerned about their personal safety at work.
  • 94 percent of the employers had responded to violence in the workplace. This usually consisted of an employee meeting and 53 percent of employers enacted disciplinary measures.

Taking Action

Upper management and HR employees need to be aware that certain conditions may lead to more incidences of workplace violence. Contributing factors include the current recession and the growing number of unemployed Americans. Provisions need to be in place to prevent workplace violence, and action need to be taken if violence occurs.

To help prevent violence in your workplace, consider taking the following steps:

  • Offer classes for anger management
  • Provide assistance for employees who have a substance abuse problem 
  • Increase supervision and control of workers.
By following these steps, you can help to keep your workplace safer. 

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What Are You Doing to Combat Workplace Violence?

In September of 2011, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued a directive entitled “Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents.”   While OSHA doesn’t yet have specific standards on workplace violence, this directive provides information on the procedure that an OSHA inspector is required to follow when responding to and reporting on workplace violence. It also provides details on what employers should do to try to reduce or eliminate the significant hazard that workplace violence presents.

The Dangers of Workplace Violence

According to OSHA , over 2 million incidents of workplace violence occur in the United States annually.  OSHA broadly defines workplace violence to include physical abuse, verbal abuse and other erratic behavior. Workplace violence is also defined as any altercation or incident of violence that occurs between co-workers or between workers and customers.

With over 2 million annual incidents, workplace violence is clearly a serious problem, but Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) research indicates just how serious. According to the BLS, homicidal violence is the fourth leading cause of death in US workplaces and the number one cause of workplace death among female workers.

The most dangerous industries for workplace violence include late night food service professions, healthcare professions and social services, but workplace violence can and does happen anywhere.

OHSA Recommendations for Employers

To keep your employees safe, there are a few specific steps OSHA recommends that employers take. These include:

  • Conducting an assessment to assess workplace violence hazards
  • Having a clear written prevention policy in place addressing workplace violence
  • Providing on-the-job training about the subject of workplace violence
  • Implementing procedures and policies designed to reduce violence
  • Training management and providing management support during emergency situations
  • Responding promptly to and thoroughly investigating all reports of workplace violence

Employers should also be aware of certain triggers of workplace violence, such as job terminations, and should take steps such as adding extra security to deal with sensitive or dangerous situations.

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What Are You Doing to Combat Workplace Violence?

In September of 2011, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) issued a directive entitled “Enforcement Procedures for Investigating or Inspecting Workplace Violence Incidents.”   While OSHA doesn’t yet have specific standards on workplace violence, this directive provides information on the procedure that an OSHA inspector is required to follow when responding to and reporting on workplace violence. It also provides details on what employers should do to try to reduce or eliminate the significant hazard that workplace violence presents.

The Dangers of Workplace Violence

According to OSHA , over 2 million incidents of workplace violence occur in the United States annually.  OSHA broadly defines workplace violence to include physical abuse, verbal abuse and other erratic behavior. Workplace violence is also defined as any altercation or incident of violence that occurs between co-workers or between workers and customers.

With over 2 million annual incidents, workplace violence is clearly a serious problem, but Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) research indicates just how serious. According to the BLS, homicidal violence is the fourth leading cause of death in US workplaces and the number one cause of workplace death among female workers.

The most dangerous industries for workplace violence include late night food service professions, healthcare professions and social services, but workplace violence can and does happen anywhere.

OHSA Recommendations for Employers

To keep your employees safe, there are a few specific steps OSHA recommends that employers take. These include:

  • Conducting an assessment to assess workplace violence hazards
  • Having a clear written prevention policy in place addressing workplace violence
  • Providing on-the-job training about the subject of workplace violence
  • Implementing procedures and policies designed to reduce violence
  • Training management and providing management support during emergency situations
  • Responding promptly to and thoroughly investigating all reports of workplace violence

Employers should also be aware of certain triggers of workplace violence, such as job terminations, and should take steps such as adding extra security to deal with sensitive or dangerous situations.

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