by Dennis A. Davis

Recent workplace shootings in Orlando, Fla., and Fort Hood serve as powerful reminders that employers must heed signs that an employee could act out and harm co-workers or supervisors.

There were 768 violence-related deaths in the workplace in 2008. That number includes 517 homicides and 251 suicides. The number of homicides decreased from 2007; however, the number of suicides increased by 28% over 2007. (Figures for 2009 are not yet available.)

Despite those disturbing numbers, many employers stick their heads in the sand. They put their assets and employees at risk by gambling that “it couldn’t happen here.” That kind of wishful thinking is usually based on two faulty myths.

Myth No. 1: It’s impossible to spot

Violence is random and unpredictable. Therefore, nothing we do will protect us from something we can’t see, can’t hear and can’t prepare for.

Wrong. While there’s no surefire formula for ...(register to read more)

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