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How can we stop nastiness on the shop floor?

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in Human Resources,The HR Specialist Forum

We’ve had some discord on our plant floor lately: name-calling, insults and couple of minor shoving matches. When I asked the foreman about it, he said a couple of guys have been purposely needling co-workers and picking fights. What kind of policies can we invoke to put a stop to this nonsense?—GL, Ohio


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Ismael Tabije July 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

In addition to the implementation of policies against nastiness (and the corresponding penalties), I strongly suggest putting a CCTV in your plant. When people know that they are monitored all the time, they will have a disincentive from misbehaving.

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Liz September 29, 2010 at 8:34 am

This is the policy that our company has put in place and it WORKS! I have changed the company name to protect the company. I would also immediately notify all your supervisors/managers that they are responsible for ensuring that their department/employees are not subject to any acts of violence.

Company Name has adopted a policy prohibiting workplace violence. Consistent with this policy, acts or threats of physical violence, including intimidation, harassment, and/or coercion, which involve or affect Company or which occur on Company property or a Company-sponsored event, will not be tolerated.

Acts or threats of violence include conduct which is sufficiently severe, offensive, or intimidating to alter the employment conditions at Company, or to create a hostile, abusive, or intimidating work environment for one or several employees. Examples of workplace violence include, but are not limited to the following:

1. All threats or acts of violence (expressed or implied) occurring on Company’s premises, regardless of the relationship between Company and the parties involved.
2. All threats or acts of violence (expressed or implied) occurring off Company’s premises involving someone who is acting in the capacity of a representative of Company.

Specific examples of conduct which may be considered threats or acts of violence include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Hitting or shoving an individual.
2. Threatening an individual or his/her family, friends, associates, or property with harm.
3. Intentional destruction or threatening to destruct Company’s or another employee’s property.
4. Making harassing or threatening phone calls.
5. Harassing surveillance or stalking.
6. Unauthorized possession or inappropriate use of firearms or weapons.

Company’s prohibition against threats and acts of violence applies to all persons involved in Company’s organization, including but not limited to personnel, contractors, customers, vendors, temporary workers, and anyone else associated with Company.

Every employee is encouraged to immediately report incidents of threats (expressed or implied) or acts of physical violence of which they are aware to their Supervisor.

Violations of this policy by any employee will lead to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal and/or legal action as appropriate.

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