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Be prepared for workplace violence

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The horrifying killings at Virginia Tech in April weren't just a "school shooting"—they were also an act of workplace violence that claimed the lives of several employees. Sadly, deaths in the workplace aren't nearly as rare as school shootings. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly a dozen employees are slain on the job each week.

While each of these deaths is a tragedy that employers want their utmost to avoid, they happen for many different reasons—not all of which are easy to anticipate as a manager. The federal figures include, for example, people killed by outsid­ers, such as those committing robber­ies or other crimes against the work­place. They also include victims of domestic violence or other personal disputes that spill into the workplace.

Smart managers certainly try to be prepared to stop violent incidents like these with proper security mea­sures. But it's frankly harder to be prepared for the situ...(register to read more)

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