employee threats, Workplace bullying, bullying at work, Timothy Dimoff

How to Deal with Workplace Threats

Two million people are victims of non-fatal violence in the workplace each year. Sometimes the precursor to violence is a simple threat. Therefore, it is important to know how to deal with employee threats before they escalate into violent actions. Living in a Pressure Cooker Today’s professional world runs on a 24-hour, 7 day- a-week, 365 days-a-year schedule. As a result, employees are living a high-stress, “pressure cooker” existence. Tension, violence, bullying, rage and negative encounters exist in the workplace due to: Heavy workloads Unrealistic productivity targets Lack of control over day-to-day tasks Unrealistic deadlines, cutting into much needed “downtime” How do employees cope with unrelenting schedules and unrealistic expectations? In some cases, they snap – or behave in what is commonly termed as “going postal”. As with most potentially life-threatening situations, the best policy is prevention. Dealing with threats is the key to unlocking and preventing potential violence in the workplace. These are verbal warning signals. Minimize Fall Out On average there are 1,000 workplace homicides each year. In most cases, people who become violent have been stressed for quite some time. Stressed people often signal to coworkers or people at a place of business their escalating frustration...

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