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Preventing Workplace Violence

February 13 2017 - by Dr. Lois Parkes, CLP's Regional Project Manager

Workplace violence is increasingly and unfortunately becoming a challenge in many workplaces globally, as well as in the Caribbean region. This is a by-product of increasing levels of mental health challenges and crime, among other challenges in many of our societies.

In the Workplace Violence Prevention Toolkit by Business Management Daily, employees and managers alike are encouraged to look out for the following warning signs of violent employee behaviour:

  • Substance abuse
  • Severe stress
  • Violent history
  • Decreased or inconsistent productivity
  • Social Isolation and poor peer relationships
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Drastic changes in personality
  • Fascination with weapons

Naturally, workplace violence has severe negative impact on organisations and its members, including threat to personal safety, increased fear, under-productivity, and organisational liability costs. Given the rise in workplace violence, there is a real need for organisations to proactively implement measures to minimise these incidences. Some measures that can be taken are:

  • Robust screening of job applicants
  • Implementing an anti-violence policy
  • Identifying and training personnel to address issues before they erupt into violence
  • Training employees at all levels to identify early warning signs, and educate them on the steps to be taken

Have you experienced workplace violence in your workplace, and how did it impact you and your colleagues?

What other recommendations do you have for addressing the issue of workplace violence?

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