Wed, October 26th, 2011 - 4:43 am - By Gordon Basichis
Workplace violence is has a tremendous impact. Not only are people killed or injured or forced to suffer psychological abuse, simply put it is bad press for the employer. There are liability factors and various lawsuits that run into the hundred of millions of dollars, annually.
The Center for Disease Control has declared workplace violence a national epidemic. I commented on Workplace Violence recently for Professor Donna El-Armale’s Television show at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. Here is the link to that show. For thos interested, I am about an hour and eight minutes into the segment.
Bill Whitmore, Chairman of Allied Barton, just published anew book, entitled,”Potential Workplace Violence Prevention and Your Organizational Success.” A lengthy title, for sure. But the book looks to be most informative, judging by the release that I am posting here.
Here is but one of several excerpts form the articl, which is posted on SecurityInfoWatch.com —
“According to a 2008 report conducted by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than two million American workers experience some instance of workplace violence each year. Every day there are an average of two people killed and 87 injured as a result of a workplace violence incident.
These are staggering statistics, which reflect the ever-growing concern of C-Level executives who have ranked workplace violence among their top two concerns in business surveys conducted by various research and government think tanks over the last decade.”
The article reflects growing cost and corporate responsibility with respect to workplace violence. It cites the grievous disconnect between management and the workforce, concerning workplace violence.
As I noted in my Cal State Dominguez Hills interview, it is essential that the employer create an established policy for dealing with workplace violence. It is essential that the employer establish channels of communication and make sure all employees know that those channels are open. It is important that employees know what to do about reporting workplace violence. and that manger understand how to deal with the issue and how to report through the chain of command.
I encourage everyone to read the article. It’s important to know as much as possible about addressing and preventing workplace violence. Almost for certain, workplace violence will not be diminishing anytime soon.