Workplace violence is an ongoing threat to business and health care organizations regardless of what their primary sphere is. But how many people understand what it is and how to mitigate it? Though there are the big warning signs of workplace violence such as direct threats, intimidation and harassment, there are other more insidious precursors to work place violence. There are 10 Warning Signs to be on the lookout for when it comes to workplace violence. These can be seen in co-workers, patients, and family of patients.
- Anti-Social Behaviors
- Victim Mentality
- Extreme Paranoia
- Persistent Anger
- Violent Thoughts
- Controlling Personality Traits
- Difficulty Holding Jobs
- Strange Behaviors
- Unhealthy Habits
Knowing the signs can vastly improve the chances of an organization ability to avoid tragedy. Nearly 2 million American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. However, in many situations, incidents of workplace violence where there are no fatalities go unreported. Despite every organization being at risk for violence, there are individuals who are at higher risk:
- workers who exchange money with the public
- delivery drivers
- healthcare professionals
- public service workers
- customer service agents
- law enforcement personnel
- and those who work alone or in small groups.
In particular, healthcare facilities have seen an increase in the frequency of workplace violence. Though healthcare professionals are not strangers to violence, there is a disconnect in how workplace violence is handled. Despite the wide spread impact of workplace violence many professionals find there are shortcomings in their knowledge of mitigation strategies, their willingness to report episodes of violence, and their facilities’ preparedness to prevent or deal with it. CalOSHA has recently implemented new legislature to combat the problem within California. Proactive workplace violence mitigation is now required, but have you prepared yourself?
Be proactive, not reactive in the event of workplace violence. A zero-tolerance policy towards violence is not enough.
“All employers have a duty to provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” [General Duty Clause 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety & Health ACT].”
Your team is more confident when there is an effective, well outlined strategy in place in the event of violence of all forms. By providing your team the tools and resources to empower them to respond safely, effectively, and intelligently. Your employees’ safety is your responsibility, and Alamom can provide training solutions to assist you. It is best to begin with an on-site risk assessment with our security specialists to walk with you to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your facility and your current plans. Our priority is your safety, which is why we offer multiple training solutions that can accommodate all of your team. From Interactive eLearning, to on-site training, and custom webinars to address your organization’s needs, Alamom Consulting Inc. can be your partner.