According to the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace violence is any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors.
We never know how small of an incident between employees can trigger someone to cause unnecessary and irreparable damage to others, but we can prepare to prevent it from happening.
My leadership tip for you this week is to educate yourself on workplace violence. By doing so, you will be in a better position to protect those you’re responsible for.
To help you get started, I suggest you visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration website. It is a tremendous resource providing information on the extent of violence in the workplace, assessing the hazards in different settings and developing workplace violence prevention plans for individual work sites.
When at work, you and your employees deserve to be safe, including safe from violence. Please do what you can to make sure this happens.