Workplace violence is becoming more prevalent in our society today. One out of every six violent crimes occurs in the workplace. While workplace homicides grab the headlines (homicide is the second leading cause of death on the job and the number one killer of women in the workplace), other forms of workplace violence happen much more frequently. No organization, regardless of size or type of business, is immune to workplace violence. Our training products on Workplace Violence show employees how to recognize the warning signs of possible violent behavior, as well as how to avoid or defuse potentially dangerous situations. Some of the informative topics on this subject include underlying causes of workplace violence, the warning signs, aggressive behavior, threats and verbal abuse, sexual harassment, physical assault.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR WORKPLACE VIOLENCE? Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported. The truth is, workplace violence can strike anywhere, anytime, and no one is immune. Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of violence for some workers at certain worksites. Such factors include exchanging money with the public and working with volatile, unstable people. Working alone or in isolated areas may also contribute to the potential for violence. Providing services and care, and working where alcohol is served may also impact the likelihood of violence. Additionally, time of day and location of work, such as working late at night or in areas with high crime rates, are also risk factors that should be considered when addressing issues of workplace violence.
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