Spending 8–9 hours in a small cubicle, seven days a week, can be overwhelming. HR is used as the first line of defense to resolve workplace conflicts, but this department is also at the highest risk of experiencing violent acts.
According to National Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries conducted by Bureau of Labor Statistic, 15 percent of reported injuries related to work accounted for workplace violence.
The research also clarified that act of violence are a result of robbery rather than crime of passion. 16,380 nonfatal injuries (caused intentionally) were reported in 2015, which caused a loss of several working days and productivity in the industry.
On a positive note, a decline in trend was noticed, as 48,000 less cases were reported in 2015 compared to 2012. This figure can be further reduced by monitoring employee behavior and placing zero-tolerance policy in workplace.
The motives behind these violent acts might vary. You need to differentiate between them in order to determine risk factors involved in your business.
The primary motive behind this is to steal inventory, cash, or document.
Robbery and theft that turn violent usually target employees who work with cash, night shift workers, or dealing with expensive inventory.
An unsatisfied or a rude client can cause physical damage as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospital staff and social workers are likely to be a victim of customer violence.
Workplace conflict can easily turn in to violent acts if left unaddressed, and supervisors and managers are usually the victim of this type of workplace violence.
Divorces and child custody cases are often dragged into workplace, resulting in an abusive encounter. In comparison to men, women are likely the victim of domestic violence.
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