Dealing With Workplace Violence

Robert Russell By Robert Russell, 21st Nov 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Workplace violence is a serious problem for a large number of businesses and work environment. According to a "Yale/Gallup Poll", 23 percent of workers feel angry all the time at their workplace. Workplace violence entails more than the extreme cases of a crazed gunman murdering colleagues. "The Occupational Safety and Health Administration" (OSHA) defines workplace violence as "violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace."

Verbal Indications

Acts of physical violence are often preceded by a period of verbal violence and abuse. Language itself can be violent and constitute violence against co-workers even if actual physical violence does not occur. Symptoms that may indicate potential violent behavior include frequent arguing, yelling, and making threats against colleagues and co-workers.

Body Language

Acts of physical violence are often preceded by a period of verbal violence and abuse. Language itself can be violent and constitute violence against co-workers even if actual physical violence does not occur. Symptoms that may indicate potential violent behavior include frequent arguing, yelling, and making threats against colleagues and co-workers.

Behavior Patterns

Altered or strange behavior patterns may indicate that someone is troubled and potentially violent. Extreme mood swings may indicate mental health problems. Other examples include anti-social behavior, a dark and pessimistic mood, hostile reactions to any type of criticism, and engaging in irrational nonsense talk. Anti-social behavior is typically defined as a lack of consideration and empathy for others and is often correlated with violent behavior. Speaking irrationally or nonsensically may involve talking to someone who is not present, speaking in an illogical manner without any rational coherence, or displaying displaying paranoid or delusional symptoms.

Additional Personal Factors

Someone with a history or workplace violence or anger management issues obviously bears closer scrutiny. This may involve sitting and discussing the situation and past history with the employee or colleague, suggesting counseling, and asking for input and feedback about the employee from co-workers and colleagues. Personal troubles and difficulties that a worker experiences outside of the work environment may contribute to hostile feelings and violent action at the workplace.

Useful OnlineResources

Numerous sites are available online that provide information and resources for dealing with violence in the the workplace. Some of the sites include:

(1) U.S. Department of Labor/ Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

(2) Sixwise.com Sixwise is an online newsletter devoted to health and safety issues.

(3) The Gallup Homepage

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Verbal Abuse, Violent Behavior, Violent Co-Workers, Workplace Safety Mental Health, Workplace Violence

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author avatar Robert Russell
I play guitar professionally in a Cajun/zydeco band named Creole Stomp. We are a nationally touring band that have been together ten years. I also have a PhD in philosophy.

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