Workplace violence often begins with inappropriate behavior or signs that, when detected and reported, may help prevent its occurrence. The following information is a starting place for workplace violence education and a safer, healthier workplace for everyone.
EXAMPLES OF WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
- Threats, directed or implied
- Physical conduct that results in harm to people or property.
- Conduct which harasses, disrupts or interferes with another individual's performance.
- Conduct that creates an intimidating or hostile environment.
POTENTIAL WARNING SIGNS
- Verbal, nonverbal, or written threats
- Fascination with weapons or violence
- New or increased stress at home or work
- Expressions of hopelessness or anxiety
- Insubordinate behavior
- Dramatic change in work performance
- Destruction of property
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Externalization of blame
RISK FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO WORKPLACE VIOLENCE
- Termination of employment
- Disciplinary actions
- Ongoing conflicts between employees
- Domestic or family violence
- Financial problems
WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION
- Be aware of what is going on around you at all times. Awareness is a proven method for increased personal safety.
- Tell your supervisor when you notice unusual or suspicious behavior
- Attend a violence prevention seminar that includes training in conflict resolution and positive ways of dealing with hostile individuals
- Get acquainted with staff at the Campus Safety and Security Office. Do not hesitate to call for help.