Sept. 11 put a new kind ofon the radar screen, but the threat of verbal and physical attacks by co-workers, customers and spouses is still just as pressing as the threat from terrorists.
Latest example: In March, a shipping worker went on a shooting rampage and killed four co-workers at the Indiana aircraft parts plant where he worked for 26 years. The company had no inkling of the coming violence.
The facts: Nearly 1,000 workers are murdered each year and 1.5 million are assaulted on the job. According to a recent AmericanAssociation survey of 600 HR professionals, the top four violent incidents that occur on the job involve interaction between:
1. Employee and employee.
2. Employee and supervisor.
3. Customer and employee.
4. Employee and spouse or significant other.
Legal action on the rise
Think your risk of a lawsuit is tiny? Think again. Workplace violenc...(register to read more)
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