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Workplace violence: Recognizing the threats, reducing the danger

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by Matthew J. Kelley, Esq.

If you’ve ever visited YouTube.com, you may have clicked on videos showing an assortment of office meltdowns. Laptops get smashed, desks are overturned and staplers are thrown. While some of these are funny to watch, each one probably made you think, “Man, I hope nothing like that ever happens at our office.”

Sad to say, it could. It’s often up to HR to identify employees who pose a threat of violence in the workplace and have a plan in place to deal with it.

It's important to recognize the threats that are most likely to hit your workplace, how to recognize potentially violent employees and how to deal with these situations.

Some violence on decline

First, the good news: Although workplace assault statistics tend to fluctuate yearly, the most recent data (from 2006) show that the rate of workplace homicides is declining. Workplace homicides were down 25% between 2000 and 2006, and are down 6...(register to read more)

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