Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Workplace Violence

In addition to the chaos and physical impact of workplace violence, it takes a toll on productivity - absenteeism and impaired job performance are just the tip of the iceberg. You may not be able to prevent every incidence of workplace violence, but, with some knowledge of how and why it occurs, you should be able to see the signs and possibly prevent some incidents. This week’s articles should help with that endeavor.

Acts of workplace violence can be reduced and many costs can be avoided with forethought, strategic planning and progressive action. (Item #1) It’s the responsibility of leaders and administrators to be aware of the potential for violence and to know how to deal with it. (Item #2) To help understand the potential for employer liability, you first have to understand workplace violence and its signs. (Item #3)

What happens at home doesn’t always stay at home. (Item #4) Employers know that personal, “real life” problems affect job performance, and that job performance affects the bottom line. (Item #5) This article summarizes the findings of a workshop on workplace violence held in Washington DC. (Item #6) 

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