Probably the most common perception of workplace violence centers on shootings perpetrated by one employee on another or on managers. Obviously, such incidents do occur, and they are newsworthy. Not all workplace violence results in murder, however. Braverman notes that many of the deaths that occur in workplaces are perpetrated not by employees on other employees, but rather by outside criminals intent on assault or robbery. No reliable statistics are available for other forms of violence in the workplace, such as verbal abuse or veiled threats.
Workplace murders by employees tragically occur, and sometimes incidents result in multiple deaths. Both government agencies and private companies have attempted to ameliorate the problem. The United States Department of Labor, for example, has a “Workplace Violence Program”
(Its website is http://www.dol.gov/oasam/hrc/policies/dol-workplace-violence-program.htm). The DOL website reports, “Every year, approximately two million people throughout the country are victims of non-fatal violence at the workplace.” The Department of Justice reports about 1,000 workplace homicides each year, of which most are perpetrated by outside actors, such as dissatisfied clients and customers, robbers, and other criminals, but some are the perpetrated by disgruntled co-workers or former co-workers.
The text for this course, Preventing Workplace Violence: A Guide for Employers and Practitioners by Mark Braverman, Ph.D., addresses the myths and realties associated with the problem of workplace violence and its prevention. After explaining the concepts and issues that professionals need to understand for effective violence mitigation, Braverman provides specific case studies as examples of the complex nature of workplace violence. No simple model for the phenomenon covers the diversity of situations and people who become violent; rather, a systems approach appears to be the most effective way to handle the crisis that is called workplace violence. Companies that have policies and procedures in place and that have trained their managers and employees are best equipped to handle threats of violence.
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TEXTBOOK: Preventing Workplace Violence: A Guide for Employers and Practitioners
AUTHOR: Mark Braverman, Ph.D.
PUBLISHER: Sage Publications, Inc. 1999
ISBN: 0-7619-0614-2 Paper
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COURSE OBJECTIVES: The objectives are listed chapter by chapter.
SUMMARY OF PREFACE AND OVERVIEW OF BOOK:
Objectives: At the end of this preface the reader will be able to
- Identify the four main issues regarding workplace violence
- State the purpose of the book
- Explain the proportion of workplace homicides resulting from employee-on-employee violence
Nonfatal acts of workplace violence, like assaults and threats, are difficult to quantify. Data suggests, however, that employee-on-employee homicides account for 4%- 7% of violence-related deaths at work. The majority of workplace homicides “are related to robberies and other crimes.”
A central thesis of the book is that “the standard traditional tools for occupational health and safety, discipline, and employee relations now used…are inadequate and inappropriate for responding to the problem of workplace violence” (xii). Current methods used to address the problem of workplace violence can actually exacerbate the problem.
Crucial workplace issues must be addressed. These include:
- The limits of our present concepts about worker rights and employer responsibility
- The limits of our current human resources practices
- The limits of current occupational health and disability policies and procedures
- The manner in which health, safety, and labor relations are handled
With regard to the first issue, Braverman writes that many companies have created a “dispute-centerd, adversarial context that is highly hazardous. For the second issue, he argues that human resource managers and security agents react to problems already occurring, often seeking help from outside sources when action is long overdue. For the third issue, Braverman says that occupational health systems are not equipped to address the “suffering or desperation” of employees. The fourth issue is one centered on a breakdown in trust and communication.
“The purpose of this book is to describe the phenomenon of workplace violence through a number of representative cases and to present a practical guide for those involved in responding to this threat to the health and safety of our workplaces” (xiii).