Five Ways to Prevent Workplace Violence

As Workplace Violence Prevention Month draws to a close, all employers should be thinking about ongoing efforts to understand what workplace violence looks like, how to recognize and diffuse potentially violent situations, and how to prevent them in the first place

Every year, 1 in 4 full-time American workers become victims of workplace violence, but it can be prevented with a considered approach.

A critical first step is a zero tolerance policy for this behavior against or by anyone associated with your place of work. This means employees at all levels of the organization, as well as contractors, clients and customers, and visitors.

To be able to recognize workplace violence hazards, communicate OSHA’s definition of “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site.”

It’s also extremely important for employees to have an avenue to report incidents. Management must encourage workers to communicate openly with them and report any concerns without fear of retaliation.

Establishing an emergency response plan for events such as a violent intruder or a disgruntled former employee is also a sensible step, provided it is communicated well and regularly. Where possible, reach out to local law enforcement to help with staging mock crisis exercises.

Finally, there is no substitute for regular training. Syntrio is committed to helping businesses avoid tragic and costly incidents associated with violent acts in the workplace.

Our Preventing Workplace Violence course covers the following:

  • Types of workplace violence
  • Risk factors for violence
  • Behaviors and physical warning signs of potentially violent individuals
  • Violence prevention policies and procedures that help reduce the incidence of workplace violence
  • Steps to protect you and others in situations of an active shooter
  • How to respond appropriately to threatening or violent situations

We can custom tailor our courses to fit the specific needs of your business.

Syntrio is a leader in the human resources and employment law fields (as well as ethics and compliance) and is prepared to help your company implement a compliance program aimed at reducing the potential impact of harassment, discrimination and other employment law issues your organization may face. Syntrio takes an innovative philosophy towards employment law training program design and strives to engineer engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking content.

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