Addressing workplace violence is a serious task. In addition to the basic desire to keep workers safe from harm, increasing legal responsibilities make violence prevention and intervention a top priority for employers.
Employers should consider the following questions:
- “What can employers do to prevent violence in the workplace?”
- “How do you spot the potential perpetrators — the jilted spouse, the angry fired employee or the criminal — who enters the workplace with bad intentions?”
- “What should an employer do when identifying a potential cause of violence in the workplace?”
Employers can start by educating themselves on the basic issues that may contribute to potentially violent actions in the workplace.