Workplace violence can manifest in various ways, from verbal threats and bullying to physical aggression. Preventing workplace violence is crucial to maintaining a safe and productive work environment. This guide provides practical tips on preventing workplace violence.
Understand Workplace Violence
Understanding the types of workplace violence and their causes is a fundamental step toward prevention. Workplace violence can range from verbal threats and harassment to physical attacks or homicides. It can arise from conflicts between employees, issues with management, or incidents involving outsiders, such as customers or visitors.
Steps to Prevent Workplace Violence
Develop a Clear Policy
Create a clear, written policy that defines workplace violence and sets forth consequences for violations. This policy should:
- Define what constitutes violence: The policy should clearly define the types of violent behavior, including physical assault, threats, intimidation, and harassment.
- Set strict consequences: Be clear about the consequences for violating the policy, including termination, legal action, or other disciplinary measures.
- Provide a reporting mechanism: Employees should know how to report incidents of violence without fear of retaliation.
Tim Dimoff’s presentation discusses a pragmatic approach to workplace violence and bullying prevention. As a former law enforcement professional, Tim shares his extensive knowledge and experience in handling human aggression.
- Learn what causes workplace violence
- Identify the definition and types of workplace violence
- Learn a proactive approach to preventing violence
- Learn a proactive approach to preventing workplace bullying