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Workplace violence is an unfortunate reality that affects countless organizations and their employees. It encompasses a range of behaviors, from physical altercations and harassment to more subtle forms like bullying or intimidation. A study by Jackson Lewis, a national employment law firm, found that nearly 2 million American workers report being victims of workplace violence. This blog post explores the different aspects of workplace violence, including its definition, prevention strategies and how to respond to incidents.
Understanding Workplace Violence
Workplace violence is defined as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other disruptive behavior occurring at the worksite. This may include remote work locations. It can manifest in various forms, such as verbal abuse, property damage, physical assaults and even fatalities. The impact of workplace violence is not limited to the immediate victims; it can also have far-reaching consequences for an organization’s productivity, morale and reputation.
Types of Workplace Violence
Understanding the different types of workplace violence is crucial for prevention and intervention. They include:
Preventing Workplace Violence
Prevention is the first line of defense against workplace violence. Here are some strategies to consider:
Responding to Workplace Violence
When an incident of workplace violence occurs, a timely and appropriate response is vital. Here are five recommendations:
To further your understanding of workplace violence and prevention, consider these sources:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – Workplace Violence
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Workplace Violence Prevention
American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) – Workplace Violence Resources
Workplace violence is a serious concern that impacts the health, safety and productivity of employees who are victims, their co-workers and the organization as a whole. A collaborative approach is needed to reduce the risk of violence in the workplace.. If you would like assistance in implementing preventive measures, contact us at email@example.com and read more health and safety content like this on our blog page.
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