Continuing from yesterday’s post, here’s more information about what you need to know about workplace violence right now and what you can do as an L&D professional.
It’s Important for Everyone to Debunk Common Myths About Workplace Violence
According to research, there is no evidence that workplace violence is a result of someone spontaneously “snapping” one day. In nearly every single instance of workplace violence, there are red flags and blatant signs that a person will either resort to or become a victim of workplace violence. See yesterday’s post for more information about the common signs of workplace violence.
In addition, most occurrences of workplace violence are well-thought-out, planned, and meticulously executed toward one individual or a specific group of individuals. And while many individuals don’t think that they’re at risk for becoming victims of workplace violence and may choose to ignore common warning signs, statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Justice reveal the opposite.
Its findings revealed that one in every four employees will be subjected to workplace violence at some point while on the job and that an average of 20 workers are murdered and 18,000 are assaulted while at work every single week.
Know How to Stay Compliant Regarding Workplace Violence
When learning how to develop and comply with workplace violence regulations and procedures, know what resources to consult.
Know how to properly train your management teams and executive teams regarding workplace violence. Train all your employees how to be more aware of common signs of workplace violence, as well as what to do when an act of violence escalates. And make sure your policies and procedures are clear and always updated. Consult Managing the Threats of Workplace Violence for more tips and information.
Tips for Preventing and Mitigating Workplace Violence
- Have a written plan that you share with every single employee explaining what to do in the event of a violent incident. And in that plan, be sure to explain what your organization is actively doing to help prevent incidents of workplace violence and what each employee can do to help.
- Explain resources available to employees and constantly promote them across your organization, and offer anonymous ways for employees to report concerning behavior.
- Provide regular training sessions about bullying and violence prevention for management teams and employees.
- Endorse a welcoming company culture that’s inclusive and trusting, and promote safety.
- Screen interviewees well before hiring them to know if they are highly likely to commit an act of workplace violence.
As an L&D professional, keep the information above and in yesterday’s post in mind as you work to make your own workplace safer and less violent for everyone.