Forming a workplace violence prevention strategy is an important step in providing a safe work environment for your employees.
It's better to be proactive than reactive.
It’s important to realize that a workplace violence prevention strategy is unique to each company. A strategy that is effective for one, won't necessarily be for another. When you’re establishing yours, remember that a good strategy is geared toward the circumstances, workforce, and resources of the company.
Indications of potential for workplace violence.
You may be thinking, we’ve never experienced violence at our office, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. Here are a few indicators that violence may occur.
- Increasing aggression, i.e. threatening comments
- Overreaction to comments or criticism
- Prolonged bitterness toward a co-worker/management
- Difficulty controlling anger
- Rapid fluctuations in behavior
Developing a Workplace Violence Prevention Strategy
- Workplace violence prevention must be a priority
- Consider your workplace culture – the good and bad
- Implement your strategy as a team, as it will be more effective that way
- Communication and training are imperative for employee buy-in
- As a company, you must make a commitment to seriously review any employee complaints
Components of a Workplace Violence Prevention Strategy
- Crisis response procedures
- Formation and training of a workplace violence team
- Consistent and effective disciplinary measures
- Distribution of the company’s workplace violence policy
Workplace Violence Prevention Training
Workplace violence prevention training should open employee's eyes to the consequences of workplace violence while emphasizing the importance of prevention. It’s also important to train and empower employees to report any threats or acts of violence.
We hope this has opened your eyes to the importance of a workplace violence prevention plan.
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